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Readers Respond: The best and worst of Ridgewood

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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."

Byhoff Bros. records

I went to both 81 and 93, have contacted a couple of my greatest teachers in recent years. Anyone know Paul Byhoff, whom I sold some records to in the early Eighties? I started my modest little album collection in that store. Bought a lunchtime sandwich most days on Woodward at Gates in a German deli. Does any deli still sell meat cakes on a Monday?
—Guest Bamjaya

good old days

while I have placed a few short notes on thi site I have never received any answers to them. I did see a note from Mildred Walsh from Texas. I lived at 1714 Madison Street next to where she grew up and I remember her Mom and Dad and her brother. The family lived on the ground floor ,the apartment was eventually taken by the Young family. After living in Florida for 21 years my wife and I now live in the Dallas area of Texas in a suburb named Southlake. I would love to hear from Mildred if she would like to rehash Madison Street . I just turned 84 in March and would like to hear from Ridgewood Alumni while I am still on the green grass side of the earth. Also if anyone that grew up in Ridgewood in the years 1934 to 1966 when we left New York City . Looking forward to hearing from someone that remembers the good old days
—Guest fred letzeisen

Ridgewood , My birth place

I was born in my grandmothers 2 family house at 405 Irving Ave in 1938 Mayer was my family Name. Benedict & Catherine were my grandparents and the had 7 children , Ethel, Benedict, Vicent, Marie, Alfred, Roy and Ruth.They lived above us My mother Ethel & Bill lived on the lower floor there last name was Paul. The Paul moved when I was about 5 yrs old but I have great memories of my days in Ridgewood. A beautiful place.
—Guest william Paul

Birthday surprise

For a recent BIG BD, my NYC son took me back to my old neighborhood. We rang the bell at 61-28 linden st. a chinese lady answered. no english. Left nice note. No one was home at 61-26 so i left a lovely note with tel# and email asking them to contact me since i lived there for 15 years. NO ONE did. Then we went to Rockaway. No more PLAYLAND! Stopped the car. Nice people said,"where have YOU been!" All the places I hung out at are GONE! We had a nice dinner on Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach at an italian Rest. on the canal. A great day! Times change and does't stand still but the memories are still there. Boo Hoo!


Grew up above parents restaurant,Koenigs at linden &onderdonk ave.St.matthias ,graduated 1939.Went to St.Johns prep Brooklyn.Great fire works 4th July corner Gates&Ondredonk every year.Now living NJ in my 88th year.
—Guest joseph koenig

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

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