From the article: Ridgewood, NY: Queens Neighborhood Profile
Ridgewood bordering Bushwick, Brooklyn, has changed as much over the last 100+ years as neighborhood in Queen could. It's home today to a melting pot of immigrants, particularly Polish. The neighborhood's yellow-brick buildings, built to last by German immigrants years ago, is still beautiful, in spite of some rough treatment in spots.
What do like about Ridgewood these days? What can't you stand? What do miss from the old days?Your bests and worsts
Ridgewood in late 1930s & early 1940s
- I'm referring to the late 1930s and early 1940s. I would put what was called a peach basket into a 4-wheel wagon and leave from Catalpa & Seneca Avenues. Walking along Catalpa Ave. to Myrtle Ave., I would pass the Harrico Drug Store, and the Crawfords Clothing Store. Then, after crossing Cypress Ave., I would go past the Howards Clothing Store, the Ridgewood Theatre, and the smelly open Chicken Market on the corner of Madison St., which was opposite the RKO Madison Theatre, the upstairs Chinese Ridgewood Terrace, and Gottleibs. Further down, on the opposite side, was a Bickfords Restaurant. At the corner of Myrtle & Wyckoff Aves was a large newspaper & magazine stand, and then further down along Wyckoff Ave. was the Parthenon Movie Theatre. Continuing along Wyckoff Ave. I would go down to someone's cellar and purchase soft pretzels (believe this or not) at two (2) for a penny. Then going back along Myrtle Ave. I would set up my wares at the corners of Myrtle & Seneca Aves. There was competition.
- Continuing my BillOS story....I would go down to someone's cellar and purchase Soft Pretzels (believe this or not) at two (2) for a penny. Then going back along Myrtle Ave. I would set up my wares at the corners of Myrtle & Seneca Aves. I would sell them for a penny apiece, and if they were not selling too well, at 6 for a nickel. There was competition for certain spots and that was the spot where I set up. Nearby stores were Vims Sport Store, a Tom McAnn Shoe store, and a Trunz Pork Store. A little further down was the Kresge's and Woolworth's 5 & 10 cent stores. On good selling days I would make 20-25 cents. Which was pretty good in those days. With the money that I made I could take the Flushing Trolley from Fresh Pond Rd. under the elevated train station to the New York 1939/40 World's Fair. The trolley ride was normally 3 cents, but you could get discounted School tickets at a much cheaper rate. I didn't realize it at the time but, "Them were the good 'ol days."
- 17-13 decator st went to ps 68 queens with tommy anderson went rollar skateing played stoop ball rember walter ? down the block and robert weski gave me stickes when he pulled my pony tail thought it was a geat time.
- —Guest phyllis schebler-early
St. Matthias Nuns
- I finished St. Matthias in 1971. It was a horrible school due to the Nuns. They ran the place like a correctional facility with education being a secondary matter. I went to Christ the King after that and found redemption. I lived on 60th street near 67th avenue. Living in Florida now.
- —Guest CharlieD
- I also hung out at the corner candy store on Woodbine street but in the late 40s
- —Guest joan
- Does anyone remember KARL Marcordes? He worked at Murkens. He is my great uncle. If anyone remembers I can be e-mailed at "email@example.com. Thanks, Mark
- —Guest mark
Best About Ridgewood
- Does anybody know whatever happened to the Anthony Scarcia family the owners of Tony' CANDY store across from PS77? People that hung out in Halsey or Knickerbocker prks might know. Thanxs.
Softball in the seventies
- I remember playing softball for the Depot bar on Fresh Pond Road, near the bus depot, in 1974. Bar was owned by Richie Kerns and Joe Daley, and we played games on concrete, on Sundays, always going back to the bar after the games. Was a wonderful time and I'll always remember it.
- —Guest Liadman
- i remenber sleeping on firescape on thoses hot nights no a/s 1n the 50s 4 us lived on irving ave and grove st went to st brigids we had no money but we had fun did not need high tech toys we played stick ball / box ball.ace queen king / hand ball / remenber skellies with the bottle caps (may be spelt wrong) we ride are bikes and not affraid to stay out late was such a diffreant time love to be bact there
- —Guest richieerickson
Looking for name of ice cream parlor
- I am looking for the name of the ice cream parlor that my grandparents used to run at 687 Seneca Avenue. I believe they closed it around 1970. There names were Ernst and Marie Marcordes. My e-mail is "firstname.lastname@example.org. I grew up in Ridgewood in the 1970's and 1980's
- —Guest mark
Teenage yrs in Ridgewood
- My teenage yrs were living on palmetto and Onderdonk. Hung out there also in the 1970s.Went to JHS 93. Graduating class of 1974. Got married in 1979 and moved to Madison St between Onderdonk and Seneca.
- —Guest Julie
Looking for class mates of 1969-70
- We're an american-hungarian family, had a house on Gates ave.. My bro Joey, sis Maria and I (graduated in 1970) went to St. Brigid's school. In 1970, I was sent away to Switzerland for one year; still living there, but my family's in the USA :-( I'd love to get in contact with kids who were in my class or lived in my neighbourhood*, Only recall a few names: Darlene Massucci, Erika Hess, Mary McLaughlin, Mary Kennedy, Steven Koch*. Hope to hear from one of you..
- —Guest Melinda EDE
Great place to grow up
- I lived on Putnam ave in the 50s and 60s. I remember Schwabs butcher store on Putnam Rudys bakery on Seneca ave and candy stores, too many to mention. I played stickball, stoopball.and pitched cards. There were mostly German, some Italian and Irish families. I went to P.S. 93 , JHS 93 and to Grover Cleveland H.S. Most of my friends went to St Matthias I moved out of the area in 1972.
good ole ridgewood
- I loved Ridgewood, grew up 44'-72. I lived at 1042 seneca ave. between norman & stephen st. went to St. Matthais grad 1957. i remember barbara mule'. alice phelan, joan stahl, margaret eppich, . grovercleveland grad june 61'. Married Ed Ansley, he was a trackman for NYCTA. Myrtle ave was awsome. far to many good memories for here. walk everywhere. rode bikes to highlans park. Murkens icecream palor, gotleibs urdands, chow mein sandwiches. st. matthais barzars, fr. march, mon. wunch, singing jingle bells before christmas break, if we sang really loud we would get christmas vac. movie theathers, ridgewood terrace. saw my first female impersonater down on wychoff & myrtle. hangin out at tony's candy store, phol ragusa, charlie osonitsch, john schwedw, john poser, they would sing doo wop. It was a great place, went to cypress pools. Anyone rember Old toney rd? I could just go on on.
- —Guest Janet
- was wondering if anyone knows a susan russel she live on wycoff and grove over the backery went to st brigids in 1955/58 let me know ty
- —Guest richieerickson
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