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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."

Woodbine St.

My twin sister Kit & I lived on Woodbine between Seneca & Cypress from '56-64 when we moved to eastern L.I. Went to St. Brigid's with Gerald McKeegan, Peter Bych, Lorraine Furlong, Richie Mickitsch (sp?).

great years in ridgewood

I used to shoot pool in that poolroom above the Ridgewood theater in the mid 1950's. At that time it was owned by a real character named Cappi.
—Guest tip

bakery on wycoff ave & green (webers)

I would get free cookies from the ladies ,and they always said look at those big blue eyes! Would walk around the corner there at 3am with no problems try that today! Great place back then!
—Guest stoop dweller

Yankee Fan

I grew up on Stockholm St in Ridgewood and went to St. Aloysius School. Graduated in 62. I miss Ridgewood.
—Guest Barbara

palmetto street

I grew up in Ridgewood it was great. Went to public school 93 on forest avenue. Remember The candy stgore on woodward ave and woodbine st. Dr Richman was my dentist(next to candy store). his nurse had dark brown hair, the office was very pristine. All white with many french doors. He was very nasty looking and annoyed that I would panic when I had to go there. Miss veronia foley was my teacher she had red hair and fire engine red (long nails) she later became Principal. The madison street library always inpressed me!. My mom would take my brother and sister to koletty's ice cream parlor on Seneca ave (between palmetto and linden street) they made their own ice cream which was great. Myrtle ave. Byhoff record store Urdangs the fabulous 5 and 10. woolworth and kresske sold blue waltz (lol). Blue waltz and evening in paris! was a cologne that was very popular. At Christmastime the Salvation Army would stand outside and sing with a pot on a tripod the were formally dressed .
—Guest linda weber

Butcher Shop

Does anyone remember a butcher shop on Madison and Irving in the 30's 40's owned ny Joseph Sanzone. Im his grandaughter
—Guest Lorraine Johnson


great place to live.i grow up in ridgewood. I went to ps81.
—Guest michael kobiel

Great Memories

Although it may seem to be a poor place it wasn't bad at all and is rich with amazing people. I lived there when I was younger and really want to go back. Ridgewood has a enourmos spot in my heart. Out of all the places in the world, Ridgewood is my favorite.
—Guest Emily

Ridgewood was the Best

Grew up in Ridgewood on Linden Street from 1949 to 1962, went to St. Brigid's. I remember the icre cream parlor on Seneca Ave near the El, the drugstore on Cypress and Linden where my mother sent us if we didn't feel good for a diagnosis. Also Abner's Bake Shop where my grandmother worked in a starched uniform with a fancy crocheted handkerchief in the pocket -- they had the best Easter baskets and chocolate cream pie.
—Guest Rose O

Ridgewood Queens ps77

I'm searching for my two teachers on fb from ps77 back in 1976 to about 78 79 anyway one of the names were mrs sneider and the other was mrs green burg..
—Guest John Cannata


I wish I could contact my old techers from ps77 in the 70's. One of them was miss sneider and the other one was a few doors down that was good friends with her..
—Guest John Cannata

Best about Ridgewood - Candy Store

My family owned Mike's Candy Store /Luncheonette at 975 Seneca across from PS 77 from 1959 - to 1975. Prior to that my grandparents owned it Mario & Philipina Carbone. Are you asking about the Candy Store on George Street & Seneca?
—Guest Phyllis Impollonia


Wondering if anyone remembers a German Bar on Woodward & Gates calles Hoagie's.
—Guest Betty

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