Ridgewood is almost a six square mile village in Northeastern Bergen County, only fifteen miles from New York City. It was originally the home of the Leni-Lenape Indians; Dutch settlers followed. When the Paterson and Ramapo laid tracks and established a station, wealthy New Yorkers looking for summer recreation built estates in the area and eventually became year-round residents. Today, Ridgewood has a population of over twenty-four thousand residents, a thriving business district, a hospital, and a nationally recognized school system.
ShoppingStroll the many stores in and around The Village of Ridgewood's historic district. From small mom-and-pop boutique stores to large, well-known, national brand name establishments, Ridgewood's commercial district has the "we care about you" feel. The flavor of the downtown is seen in its diversity, selection of high quality merchandise and service.
DiningWith over thirty restaurants and specialty food establishments, your palate choices are substantial and varied. Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, and French are among the many fine cuisines offered. Weather permitting, several restaurants offer al-fresco dining in the warmer months.
Getting AroundMunicipal parking lots are located throughout the downtown area. Ridgewood is a walking town with both east and west sections easily accessible. A village green offers respite under decades old trees in the center of downtown Ridgewood. New Jersey Transit offers train as well as bus service to the Village.
EducationAcademic excellence is the hallmark of the public school system. The Village has a rich history in serving the needs of the disabled and enhancing their educational needs. In addition, the Ridgewood Community School offers an array of classes and trips as a means of continuing education designed for both adults and children.
CommunityThe Village's 25,000 residents enjoy a sense of community due in part to the vast number of organizations and volunteers dedicated to its well being. Volunteers serve on local government advisory boards, in civic organizations, choral and musical groups, social service associations and many others.
Parks & RecreationWith 12 parks, there is no shortage of places to enjoy nature. You can go running and biking on miles of trails or relax and soak up the sun at Ridgewood's sandy-bottom pool and beach. In addition, the Recreation Department offers something for everyone - from art classes for seniors to cooking classes for preschoolers.
ResourcesRidgewood Public Library
Ridgewood Parks & Recreation
Ridgewood Public Schools
Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce
Valley Health System
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Updated: 3rd December, 2023 5:54 PM (UTC).