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US National Archive Codes
Coordinates Latitude: 40.9792645 Longitude: -74.1165313
Demographics & Economic Data
In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (100 ha) property in 1698.The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained a school district. In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (remainder now dissolved as Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus. The name of the village derives from the characteristics of its terrain.
Ridgewood is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
Ackerman House (222 Doremus Avenue) - 222 Doremus Avenue (added 1983) was constructed by Johannes and Jemima Ackerman c. 1787 on their 72-acre (29 ha) property and remained in the Ackerman family until the 1920s.
Ackerman House (252 Lincoln Avenue) - 252 Lincoln Avenue (added 1983) is a stone house constructed c. 1810 and named for either David or John Ackerman.
David Ackerman House - 415 East Saddle River Road (added 1983).
Ackerman-Van Emburgh House - 789 East Glen Avenue (added 1983) was built c. 1785 by John Ackerman and purchased by the Van Embergh family in 1816.
Archibald-Vroom House - 160 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1984).
Beech Street School - 49 Cottage Place (added 1998).
Paramus Reformed Church Historic District - Bounded by Franklin Turnpike, Route 17, Saddle River, south side of cemetery and Glen Avenue (added 1975). The Old Paramus Reformed Church was established in 1725, though the current building dates to 1800. During the Revolutionary War, the church was used for several years by the Continental Army, and in 1778 it was the site of the court-martial of General Charles Lee.
Rathbone-Zabriskie House - 570 North Maple Avenue (added 1983).
Ridgewood Station - Garber Square (added 1984).
Van Dien House - 627 Grove Street (added 1983).
Vanderbeck House - 249 Prospect Street (added 1983).
Westervelt-Cameron House - 26 East Glen Avenue (added 1983), constructed c. 1767 by John R. Westervelt.
Historic Graydon Pool - Located at the corner of North Maple Ave & Linwood Ave
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.818 square miles (15.069 km2), including 5.752 square miles (14.898 km2) of land and 0.066 square miles (0.172 km2) of water (1.14%).Ridgewood is adjacent to nine municipalities, eight in Bergen County − Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Paramus, Waldwick and Washington Township − and Hawthorne in Passaic County.
Ridgewood's neighborhoods include:
Downtown - The central business district of Ridgewood, "Town" is centered on East Ridgewood Avenue. This area is home to the most iconic buildings in Ridgewood, such as the Wilsey building and the Moore Building.
Scrabbletown - Located between East Glen Avenue, Franklin Turnpike, and the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook.
The Old Country Club - Located between Goffle Road, Rock Road, Lincoln Avenue and Godwin Avenue. It is near the Midland Park border.
Salem Ridge - Located East of Route 17.
Floral Park - Located between Grove Street, South Pleasant, East Ridgewood Avenue and South Van Dien Street.
Ridgewood has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 7a bordering on 6b.
Ridgewood was ranked 15th on Money Magazine's 2013 listing of the 25 top-earning towns in the United States.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756.344 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 per square mile (1,675.3/km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.There were 8,456 households out of which 45.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.In the village, the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.1 males.The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/- $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/- $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/- $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/- $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/- $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.Same-sex couples headed 38 households in 2010, an increase from the 22 counted in 2000.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 people per square mile (1,662.8/km2). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0 per square mile (587.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.There were 8,603 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30.In the village, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. 3.0% of the population and 1.8% of families are below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Park facilities in Ridgewood include:
Graydon Park, located between Linwood and North Maple Avenues, includes a beach park pool, baseball field, soccer field, and roller rink.
Veterans Field, located next to the library and police station, includes four baseball and softball fields, as well as a bandshell offering free concerts. The Ridgewood High School baseball team plays its home games here.
Citizens Park, located across the street from George Washington Middle School, includes two baseball fields and a soccer field. The hill is often used in the winter for sledding.
Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond, part of Bergen's Saddle River County Park, is located on East Ridgewood Avenue between Paramus Road and Pershing Avenue. Amenities include circular path with bench seating around duck pond, picnic pavilion, additional picnic areas, children's playground, fenced-in dog park, restroom facilities and entrance to a 6 mile, multi-use bike & pedestrian pathway. This pathway connects Ridgewood Duck Pond with five other areas along the Saddle River County Park: Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook. Fishing (NJ state license required) and ice skating are allowed at pond when conditions permit. The water is treated with certain chemicals, however, and swimming is strictly prohibited.
Ridgewood is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under Council-Manager plan B, as implemented on July 1, 1970, by direct petition. Under this form, the governing body consists of five council members who are responsible to hire and oversee a professional Village Manager who has full executive power for all departments. The government consists of five council members, with all positions elected at-large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in May. At a reorganization meeting held on July 1 after newly elected council members take office, the council chooses a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members, with the mayor presiding over Council meetings, but without any executive authority. The Village Council appoints a Village Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the Village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the Village. The Village Council passes local laws, makes appointments to various Boards and Committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the Village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
As of 2018, members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor Ramon M. Hache Sr. (term on council and as mayor ends June 30, 2020), Deputy Mayor Susan Knudsen (term on council ends 2022; term as deputy mayor ends 2020), Michael Sedon (2022), Jeff Voigt (2020) and Bernadette Walsh (2020).Of the 565 municipalities statewide, Ridgewood is one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with the village type of government, joining Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and South Orange.
Federal, state and county representation
Ridgewood is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district.For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kristin Corrado (R, Totowa) and in the General Assembly by Kevin J. Rooney (R, Wyckoff) and Christopher DePhillips (R, Wyckoff). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D, Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year; a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held each January.
As of 2018, the County Executive is Democratic James J. Tedesco III of Paramus, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Bergen County's Freeholders are
Freeholder Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman ends 2018),
Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder vice-chairwoman ends 2018),
Freeholder Chairman Pro-Tempore Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, term as freeholder ends 2019; term as freeholder chairman pro-tempore ends 2018),
David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn, 2020),
Steve Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2018),Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2020) and
Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2018), Bergen County's constitutional officials are
County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2021),
Sheriff Michael Saudino (D, Emerson, 2019) and
Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2021).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 15,983 registered voters in Ridgewood, of which 4,727 (29.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 4,125 (25.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 7,118 (44.5% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 13 voters registered to other parties. Among the village's 2010 Census population, 64.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 92.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 6,181 votes here (50.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 5,852 votes (47.8% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 130 votes (1.1% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,232 ballots cast by the village's 17,124 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,387 votes here (55.5% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,743 votes (43.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 80 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 13,306 ballots cast by the village's 16,867 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 6,656 votes here (50.7% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 6,357 votes (48.4% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 94 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,141 ballots cast by the village's 16,325 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.9% of the vote (4,259 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.2% (2,453 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (59 votes), among the 6,864 ballots cast by the village's 16,103 registered voters (93 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,192 votes here (48.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,885 votes (45.3% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 423 votes (4.9% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 44 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,582 ballots cast by the village's 16,509 registered voters, yielding a 52.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
The Ridgewood Public Schools consist of nine public schools and two additional school facilities, which house a pre-school program operated through the district and a private day care center. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its 10 schools had an enrollment of 5,772 students and 428.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1.
Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are
Glen School (34 students; Pre-School and Private Day Care Center),
Henrietta Hawes Elementary School (412; K-5),
Orchard Elementary School (312; K-5),
Ridge Elementary School (483; K-5),
Irwin B. Somerville Elementary School (457; K-5),
Ira W. Travell Elementary School (378; K-5),
Willard Elementary School (497; K-5),
Benjamin Franklin Middle School (737; 6-8),
George Washington Middle School (650; 6-8) and
Ridgewood High School (1,714; 9-12). The district's high school was the 28th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 28th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 20th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The school was ranked 404 in U.S. News and World Reports national rankings for 2016.According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Ridgewood is a socioeconomic District Factor Group of J, the highest of eight categories.Public school students from the village, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on an extremely selective and competitive application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district.Preschools in Ridgewood include Bethlehem Early Learning Center, West Side Presbyterian, First Presbyterian School and the Montessori Learning Center.
The village of Ridgewood is served by two weekly community newspapers – The Ridgewood News and the Ridgewood Suburban News. The papers are published by North Jersey Media Group. The daily newspaper for the region is The Record which is also published by North Jersey Media Group. The company's website, NorthJersey.com, has a Ridgewood town page that includes local coverage from all three of these papers. Patch Media provides Ridgewood with its own daily news website, which offers news, events, announcements and Local Voices.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010, the village had a total of 94.70 miles (152.40 km) of roadways, of which 79.79 miles (128.41 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.77 miles (22.16 km) by Bergen County, and 1.14 miles (1.83 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Major roads that pass through Ridgewood include New Jersey Route 17, Franklin Turnpike, County Route 84 (commonly known as East and West Ridgewood Avenue) and County Route 507 (Maple Avenue).
The Ridgewood train station is served by the NJ Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. NJ Transit trains on both the Bergen County and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. Taxicabs are available at the train station; the taxi building is on the northbound platform.
NJ Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes. Except for the 148 route, all the others stop at NJ Transit's Ridgewood Bus Terminal on Van Neste Square.
Short Line offers service along Route 17 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and down the East Side on Manhattan to 23rd Street.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ridgewood include:
Jim Alexander (born 1935), documentary photographer, photojournalist and activist.
Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911), poet and journalist.
Joe Antonacci (born 1960), boxing ring announcer and emcee.
David Baas (born 1981), offensive lineman who played for the New York Giants.
Adam Badeau (1831–1895), Union Army Brevet Brigadier General and author.
Robert T. Bakker (born 1945), paleontologist, whose research helped support the theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded.
MC Paul Barman (born 1974), rapper.
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (1831–1919), British novelist.
George Baxter, attorney who fought for the rights of victims of AIDS and won a landmark verdict against the blood banking industry for allowing the United States blood supply to be contaminated with AIDS in the early 1980s.
Guy Benson (born 1985), conservative talk radio personality who has been a Fox News contributor.
Dale Berra (born 1956), former MLB player who primarily played as an infielder from 1977 to 1987 and is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra.
Andy Blitz (born 1971), comedian, writer, producer and actor best known for his sketch comedy and writing work on the late-night talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Jeffrey Blitz, filmmaker who directed the 2002 documentary Spellbound and the 2007 film Rocket Science.
Jim Bouton (born 1939), former Major League Baseball pitcher who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four.
Phillip Bush (born 1961), classical pianist, with a career focusing primarily on chamber music and contemporary classical music.
Brenda Buttner (1961-2017), senior business correspondent and host of Bulls & Bears on the Fox News Channel.
John Chester Buttre (1821-1893), steel-plate engraver and lithographer, responsible for some 3,000 engraved portraits of American political, naval and military personalities.
Martha Byrne (born 1969), actress who performed on Broadway as a child in Annie and as an adult in the role of Lily Walsh in As the World Turns.
Todd Caliguire, former member of the Bergen county Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Peter Carlisle (born 1952), Mayor of Honolulu.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (born 1957), writer, art historian and curator who was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).
Harlan Coben (born 1962), The New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me, Tell No One and No Second Chance.
Tabatha Coffey (born 1967), contestant (and Fan Favorite winner) on season one of Bravo's Shear Genius and host of Tabatha's Salon Takeover.
Leonard A. Cole (born 1933), dentist, political scientist and expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine.
Jerry Coleman (1924–2014), former second baseman for the New York Yankees, baseball sportscaster.
Kelly Conheeney (born 1991), soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
Christopher J. Connors (born 1956), politician who represents the 9th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate.
Paul M. Cook (born 1924), founder and CEO of Raychem, a chemical manufacturing company that reached $2 billion in annual revenue.
Megan Crane (born c.1973), novelist.
Andy Daly (born 1971), actor, comedian, and writer best known for starring as Forrest MacNeil on the Comedy Central series Review.
Toshiko D'Elia (born 1930), masters athletics long distance runner.
Meghan Daum (born 1970), author who writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy.
Todd Demsey (born 1972), professional golfer.
Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. (1919–1996), member of the New Jersey Senate from 1968 to 1971 who sponsored the 1969 legislation that created the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission.
Anne Donovan (born 1961), three-time basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and three-time Olympic team member. Ranked #8 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
Gerry Duggan, (born 1974), comic book writer.
Fred DuVal (born 1954), businessman, civic leader and author who is vice president of Clean Energy Fuels and was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee in the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election.
W. Cary Edwards (1944–2010), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1986 to 1989.
Niles Eldredge (born 1943), paleontologist.
Jeff Feagles (born 1966), Punter for the National Football League New York Giants.
Mike Ferguson (born 1970), politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 2001–2009.
Josh Flitter (born 1994) child actor who starred in Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective
Ray Forrest (1916–1999), pioneering TV announcer, host and news broadcaster from the early TV era.
Varian Fry (1907–1967), journalist who helped save 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees from persecution and deportation in Vichy France during The Holocaust, most notably the French artist Marc Chagall.
Louis Gambaccini, transportation official who served as General Manager of the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) rail system and as the New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation.
Bill Geist (born 1945), correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning, lived in Ridgewood for 20 years.
Arnold Gingrich (1903-1976), editor and co-founder of Esquire magazine.
John P. Ginty (born 1965), financial data analyst and politician who was a candidate in 2006 for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Gina Glantz (born c.1943), political strategist, campaign manager, field director and consultant.
Abraham Godwin (1724-1777), one of the first settlers of the area around Ridgewood.
Abraham Godwin (1763-1835), Brigadier General in the War of 1812, for whom Godwinville was named.
Abraham Godwin (1791-1849), worked to name part of Franklin as Godwinville
Roger Curtis Green (1932–2009), archaeologist of South Pacific civilizations.
Joe Harasymiak (born 1986), head coach for the Maine Black Bears football team.
Elizabeth Hawes (1903-1971), clothing designer, outspoken critic of the fashion industry, and champion of ready to wear and people's right to have the clothes they desired, rather than the clothes dictated to be fashionable.
Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal columnist.
Jason Heyward (born 1989), outfielder for the Chicago Cubs.
Sonny Igoe (1923–2012), jazz drummer.
Cosmo Jarvis (born 1989), singer-songwriter.
Frankie Jonas (born 2000), actor who was a voice actor in the film Ponyo and a recurring character in the television series Jonas.
Margaret Juntwait (1957–2015), the voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
Jay Kennedy (1956–2007), editor and writer who joined King Features Syndicate in 1988 as deputy comics editor and was named as editor-in-chief in 1997.
Walter M. D. Kern (born 1937), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1978 to 1990, where he represented the 40th Legislative District.
Grace Kim (born 1968), former professional tennis player.
Peter S. Kim (born c. 1957), president of Merck Research Laboratories.
Richard Kollmar (1910–1971), stage, radio, film and television actor, television personality and Broadway producer.
Younghoe Koo (born 1994), NFL kicker currently for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Bowie Kuhn (1926–2007), Commissioner of Baseball from 1969–1984.
L.A. Beast (born 1984 as Kevin Strahle), competitive eater.
Jeffrey M. Lacker (born 1955), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Mike Laga (born 1960), Major League Baseball player from 1982 to 1990.
Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), Tony Award-winning actor, current regular in TV series House.
Cornelis Lievense (1890-1949), Dutch businessman who ran several import/export companies in the United States from the 1920s through the 1940s.
Alfred Lutter (born 1962), actor and consultant born here, best known for his performances in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Bad News Bears.
Martha MacCallum (born 1964), news anchor on Fox News Channel.
Herbert F. Maddalene (born 1932), architect who was a partner in the firm of Genovese & Maddalene.
David Madden (born 1981), founder and executive director of both the National History Bee and the National History Bowl who was a 19-day champion on Jeopardy!.
Paul Mara (born 1979), National Hockey League defenceman who has played for the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.
Marion Clyde McCarroll (1891-1977), writer and journalist who was the first woman issued a press pass by the New York Stock Exchange and also penned the "Advice for the Lovelorn, a nationally syndicated column, after she inherited it from Dorothy Dix.
Major Thomas B. McGuire Jr. (1920–1945), the second-leading air ace in World War II, who was killed in action on January 7, 1945, and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. McGuire Air Force Base is named in his memory.
Julia Meade (1925–2016), film and stage actress who was a frequent pitch person in live commercials in the early days of television in the 1950s, most notably on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Michael Mercurio (born 1972), actor who has appeared in film, theatre, and television, often portraying psychologically disturbed characters.
Matt Mondanile (born 1985), guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Elisabeth Moore (1876-1959), tennis player who won the singles title at the U.S. Championships on four occasions and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.
Richard Muenz (born 1948), actor and baritone singer best known for his theatrical work.
Frankie Muniz (born 1985), actor.
Pete Nelson (born 1962), master treehouse builder, author and host of the Animal Planet television show Treehouse Masters.
Kim Ng (born 1968), Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball.
Buddy Nielsen (born 1984), singer of the rock band Senses Fail.
Tom Nolan, publisher of Golf World.
Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor, who has appeared in the series Dirt and 24.
Helen O'Bannon (1939–1988), economist who served as the Secretary of Public Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Evanka Osmak (born 1980), sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
Richard and Joan Ostling (born 1940 and 1939–2009 respectively), co-authors of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise.
Nikki Phillips (born 1987), American-born Polish soccer defender and midfielder, who has played with FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League and for the Poland national team.
Jack Pitney (1963-2010), marketing executive with BMW as vice president of marketing, where he played a major role in convincing company leadership to go ahead with distribution of the MINI in the United States, despite concerns that car buyers there would not buy cars that small given the popularity of sport utility vehicles.
Cassie Ramone (born 1986) and Katy Goodman of the indie rock band Vivian Girls.
Real Estate, indie rock band.
William Remington (1917–1954), accused Soviet spy convicted of perjury.
Amanda Renee, romance novelist.
Chico Resch (born 1948), hockey sportscaster and former NHL goalie who lived in the village when he played for the New Jersey Devils.
Bobby Richardson (born 1935), former second baseman for the New York Yankees.
Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), musician and arranger for various artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Eric S. Rosengren (born 1957), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Marge Roukema (1929–2014), politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
Henry Rowan (1923-2015), engineer and philanthropist, for whom Rowan University was renamed, after he made a $100 million donation to the school.
Bob Sall (1908-1974), racecar driver who drove in the 1935 Indianapolis 500 and was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992.
Kieran Scott (born 1974), author of Private and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader.
Bob Sebra (born 1961), MLB player for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Irving Selikoff (1915-1992), physician and medical researcher who in the 1960s established a link between the inhalation of asbestos particles and lung-related ailments, whose work is largely responsible for the regulation of asbestos.
Jordin Sparks (born 1989), American Idol winner, lived here as a child while her father played with the Giants.
Phillippi Sparks (born 1969), former NFL cornerback who played most of his career with the New York Giants.
Michael Springer (born 1979), former MLL player.
Ali Stroker (born 1987), actress and singer who is the first actress who needs a wheelchair for mobility known to have appeared on a Broadway stage.
Wayne Tippit (1932–2009), character actor who appeared in Melrose Place and lived in Ridgewood until 1990.
Casper Van Dien (born 1968), actor, Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow. Van Dien Avenue is named for his great-great-grandfather.
Don Van Natta Jr. (born 1964), journalist and writer who has been an investigative reporter for ESPN and had been an investigative correspondent at The New York Times, where he was a member of two teams that won Pulitzer Prizes.
David Van Tieghem (born 1955), percussionist, composer and sound designer.
Melinda Wagner (born 1957), composer, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in music.
Ayelet Waldman (born 1964), Israeli-American novelist and essayist, who has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and four other novels.
Bill Ward (1919–1998), cartoonist notable as a good girl artist and creator of the risqué comics character Torchy.
Douglas Watt (1914–2009), theater critic for the Daily News.
Bill Wielechowski (born 1967), member of the Alaska Senate, representing the J District since 2006.
Brian Williams (born 1959), journalist.
George Witte, poet and book editor.
Michael Zegen (born 1979), actor best known for his role as Joel Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Points of interest
The Ridgewood Post Office was the site of a postal killing in 1991, where a former postal worker, Joseph M. Harris, killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a katana and shot her fiancé, Cornelius Kasten Jr., at their home. The following morning, on October 10, 1991, Harris shot and killed two mail handlers at the Ridgewood Post Office.Warner Theater is a Bow Tie Cinema located on East Ridgewood Avenue.
The nearest airport with regular scheduled service is Newark-Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey. LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport (the busiest in the US) are also nearby in Queens, New York.
NJ Transit and Metro North - the Ridgewood train station is in the heart of Downtown Ridgewood. The railroad tracks divide Downtown and the village into two sections, East Ridgewood and West Ridgewood. Being a part of the Main/Bergen County Line and Port Jervis Line, it can facilitate a smoother commute to the town, from Hoboken in the south (and Secaucus Junction offering a connection to New York Penn Station), up north to either Waldwick, Suffern, or Port Jervis, the latter two in a quiet section of the border towns in New York. As of September 2017, the average price for a ticket to/from Hoboken amounts to $9, while travel time would be at average, 45 minutes.
Amtrak - Newark Penn Station in Newark, New Jersey offers Amtrak service to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and all points beyond and in between. Amtrak's ACELA Express trains service Newark Penn and travel between Washington DC and Boston. Other area Amtrak stations are New York Penn Station in New York City and Metropark Station in Iselin, NJ. You'll have to take a transfer from Secaucus on a NJ Transit train, then take a Main/Bergen County Line or Port Jervis Line train if you'd wish to visit Ridgewood, as there's no direct Amtrak service to Ridgewood.
Ridgewood Bus Terminal - right across from Van Neste Square in Downtown Ridgewood, is served by NJ Transit buses heading all over the area including direct buses to New York City.
Port Authority Bus Terminal (New York City)- Greyhound Bus service to and from anywhere. All major bus companies serve Port Authority. Also served by NJ Transit, New York city, and Long Island Transit buses. Also served by NYC Subways. Full amenities, much like an airport, range from restaurants, news stands, and stores selling all items.
Ridgewood can be accessed from NJ-4 (through Fair Lawn and Glen Rock), NJ-17 (through Wyckoff, Paramus, or Ridgewood exits), and NJ-208 (through Glen Rock). There are no car rental offices in Downtown Ridgewood but there is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car about 1 mile north of Downtown near the border with Ho-Ho-Kus. There is also a multitude of car rental offices in nearby Paramus.
Ridgwood is a fairly large town with many different neighborhoods so it is important to get somewhat aqauinted with all of them if you are planning on exploring Ridgewood outside of downtown:
Downtown - The central area of the town. Most of what you would want to see and do is in this neighborhood. It is divided into two areas: East Downtown and West Downtown (separated by the NJ Transit railroad tracks). East Downtown (which straddles E. Ridgewood Ave. and the surrounding streets) is by far the larger of the two sides and has a vibrant energy to it and is home to "action". West Downtown (which incorporates the areas around W. Rigewood Ave. and Wilsey Sq.) has more of a quaint and small town attitude to it. But don't be fooled by the quaint vibe of W. Downtown because most if not all of the stores are luxury stores selling luxury goods. The main streets of the Downtown neighborhood are Ridgewood Ave. (east to N Maple Ave. and west to Godwin Ave.), Wilsey Sq., Van Neste Sq., Franklin Ave., Godwin Ave., N. Maple Ave., and Broad Street (north of Brogan Cadillac).
Broad Street - Straddles Broad Street south of Downtown (After Brogan Cadillac). The grungiest area of Ridgewood is home to mainly multi-family homes and apartment buildings. Luckily, "the worst part of town" only runs along Broad Street and only a couple houses into the surrounding streets.
Old Ridgwood - The oldest part of Ridgewood. Located south of Downtown and east of Broad Street all the way up to the border with Glen Rock). Mainly homes built on treelined streets, many of which with original stone-paved "gutters" on the sides of the roads. Home to some of the largest houses in Ridgewood. Be aware when driving in this area that many of the streets are very narrow and some have not been paved in a very long time leaving ruts and potholes around. During the winter on icy roads due to the fact that most roads heading east of this area eventually scale a steep and poorly paved road down to other roads. To avoid the steep icy roads, head west until you hit Broad Street and the head north of Broad Street until you reach downtown. Head east on E. Ridgewood Ave. and at the intersection with Maple Ave., make a right onto S. Maple Ave. From here you should be able to access wherever you need to go with going down a steep, poorly pave street.
Walking is the best way to get around Downtown Ridgewood because it is not very large, but a car will be needed if you plan to get out of Downtown, the best way is with a car because local bus service is limited. To cross to the smaller downtown sector of West Ridgewood, take the pedestrian-only underpass, or the a road with a narrow sidewalk under pass under the train tracks.
The best way to get around Ridgewood outside of Downtown. Traffic in Downtown Ridgewood is somewhat congested and on weekends there is a shortage of parking. On-street parking and public lot parking within Downtown is metered, so be sure to have change with you.
Local bus service (NJ Transit) is limited and stops within Ridgewood, locally, are few and far between.
Van Neste Square - the center of East Ridgewood and the center of Ridgewood. Home to Van Neste Park and various monuments, statues, benches and green areas perfect for a picnic.
Van Neste Park - a large park in the center of town in East Ridgewood. The centerpoint of Van Neste Square. Hangout spot for many people. Monuments, status, benches, and green areas.
Wilsey Square - the center of West Ridgewood. Surrounded by shops and eateries.
Railroad Square - park area surrounding both sides of the Ridgewood Train Station. Onsite eateries and cafes on the eastern side.
Bergen County Public Park (Ridgewood) - the Ridgewood arm of the enormous Bergen County Public Park. The park is set along heavily wooded paths that connect oversized parks in various towns. Gives a feeling of the forest in the middle of the suburbs. One could wander around the whole park for days and never go to the same place. The Ridgewood arm of the park is one of the largest sections and is home to a large pond, a dog park, walking trails, a large playground, as well as parking and restroom facilities. Located East of downtown near Paramus and Ridgewood High School.
Bookends is a bookstore selling a big selection of all types of books including a collection of books on the history of the area.
Lucky Brand Jeans Co. has a store right in Downtown Ridgewood across the street from Van Neste Square.
Arthur Groom & Co. is a high-end purveyor of jewelry and has a convenient Downtown Ridgewood location right at the eastern end of Downtown Ridgewood at the corner of East Ridgewood Ave. and N. Maple Ave.
The Shoe-In is a large shoe store on East Ridgewood Ave.
Papyrus is a store selling custom cards and stationary.
Biltmore Tuxedos is the only store selling tuxedos for men in Downtown Ridgewood and has a big sign with the word TUXEDOS printed on it which is one of the icons of Downtown.
Gap Kids, Women's Gap, and Ann Taylor all have Downtown Ridgewood locations.
Backyard Living, 235 Franklin Avenue (by King's Supermarket), ☎ +1 201 689-9111. 10AM-6PM. Great shop featuring everything for your backyard - patio furniture, bird houses & feeders, gardening tools & supplies.
Ridgewood has a lot of restaurants, serving almost all types of food.
The Office is a large sports bar/restaurant with good food, good drinks, and good prices. Slow service on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Country Pancake House is a family-run house of pancakes serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Huge menu of all food and very good prices. Very crowded on weekend mornings as well as late morning, early afternoon on Sundays.
Lenny's Pizzeria is a pizzeria restaurant serving Italian favorites and pizza at excellent prices.
The Daily Treat is a diner serving typical diner food. Good prices and good food and never more than a few minutes wait for a table.
It's Greek To Me is a Greek restaurant serving very good ethnic Greek cuisine at very reasonable prices.
Renato's Pizzeria is a standard pizzeria but with very good food and very good prices.
Piccolo Pizza is an excellent pizzeria on the northern edge of downtown. Come here to enjoy some of the best pizza in the area.
"The Best of Everything" is an Italian restaurant that also provides catering, has by far the best personal pizzas and the best menu that you can either eat there or take away.
Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream, 145 Ackerman Ave, ☎ +1 201 444-1429. $ - Usually less than $10.Mid-range
Taste of Thai Restaurant is an authentic thai restaurant serving very good Thai food. Very popular with the local crowd.
Baumgart's is a classic restaurant and one of the most popular restaurants in Ridgewood. Has a full regular menu serving Asian and American favorites as well as a full sushi menu and a desert menu which features Baumgart's famous homemade ice cream. Very crowded at most times and usually a long wait for a table but generally it's worth the wait.
Winberie's is a restaurant serving american cuisine.
Brooklyn Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant serving Brooklyn-style pizza and a menu of Italian entrees, etc.
Tabouli is a Lebanese restaurant serving traditional Lebanese and middle eastern dishes at good prices. Overall the food is very good and the service is fast and friendly.
"Amano's" is a fabulous restaurant that serves great pizza, with a special type of Italian dough. It tastes very light, much like the famous pizza from Naples. Has fantastic salads and great Italian gelato, reasonable prices
Carlo's Bakery, 12 Wilsey Sq, ☎ +1 201 962-9080. $.Splurge
Dim Sum Dynasty is a fine Chinese restaurant serving high-end cuisine with a full menu of excellent food. As the name suggests, on afternoons on most days of the week, the restaurant serves traditional style dim sum meals with carts carrying items that you pay for a la carte.
Kumo is an excellent Japanese restaurant serving a full menu of fine cuisine as well as a full sushi menu.
Mela is a restaurant serving Indian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. The food is overall excellent and it has a very nice ambiance as well as good service.
Latour is a French bistro serving fine French cuisine at high prices.
The Office, 32-34 Chestnut Street (Intersection at Ridgewood Avenue), ☎ +1 201-652-1070. M-Sa 11:30AM till midnight(kitchen) 2AM bar. Located in downtown Ridgewood just minutes from the train station, this New Jersey restaurant is known for delicious casual dining and was voted the best sports bar in Bergen Health & Life Magazine. And the sports bar includes a fun happy hour and late night events—plus a great place to watch the game! Happy Hour is from 4PM-7PM with $2 domestic pints,$3 import pints, $3 margaritas, and $1 off mixed drinks,bottled beers and wine by the glass. Also during happy hour are $5 appetizers. The office also has daily drink specials which are a great deal. They serve a great selection of appetizers, burgers, pizzas, salads, fajitas, burritos, and main entrees.
Mac Murphy's Pub, 8 Godwin Avenue, ☎ +1 201-444-0500. One of the best Irish pubs in the area. There's nothing better on a cold wintry afternoon than finding a spot at the bar near the fireplace and warming up with a black-and-tan. The menu's got some great choices (amazing and cheap 1/2-lb. burgers!) and a few items that try to be too ambitious (crab cakes... er, no). Good service, friendly regulars and extraordinary jukebox selections. Parking lot's small but you can usually get away with parking at Whole Foods down the road.
Valley Hospital, 223 N. Vandien Avenue, ☎ +1 201-447-8000. local hospital
Ridgewood Police Department, 131 N Maple Ave, ☎ +1 201 652-3900.
New York City is a short drive, train ride, or bus ride away just try to avoid rush hour or you will be in hours of traffic attempting to cross the Hudson River.