Ridgewood has been part of Brooklyn, Queens, and both boroughs during
its history of shifting borders. Now solidly allied with Queens, the
neighborhood has some distinctive characteristics that set it apart.
For one thing, the predominance of high density brick apartment
buildings in every shade of pink, red, orange, and brown. If you need a
little breathing space, the Ridgewood Reservoir on the southern end of
the neighborhood has been reclaimed by nature and is inhabited by
various birds and other animals - and there are plans to develop it
into an outdoor recreation area.
L & M local train service is not the speediest commute to
Manhattan, but has protected the neighborhood from out-of-control
development that's happening everywhere else. In fact, Ridgewood's
buildings have changed very little in the last century. Today the area
is mostly populated by Eastern and Western European immigrants, but
young artists and professionals are spilling over from Bushwick into
the southwestern part of the neighborhood.
Not surprisingly, most of the residential real estate listings are
for single apartments or entire apartment buildings.