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Harry Potter Week at the Library!

It's the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

We’re celebrating the U.S. publication of the first Harry Potter book with movie marathons, wand-making workshops, and all the Hogwarts wizardry that you can imagine, including a Super Fan Quote Challenge where you can ...

Discover Your City With Culture Pass!

It's summer in the city and NYC’s libraries are making it easier for you to explore local museums, public gardens, and other cultural attractions for FREE with your friends and family!

Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are excited to announce Culture Pass, a ...

In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter

Are you curious about how our planet has evolved in the past—and how it is changing now?

Join us this summer and fall for a unique pop-up science exhibit where you will learn how scientists on board a research drilling ship are studying the seafloor’s core!

The JOIDES Resolution is a ship that drills into ...

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading is here, and our theme this year is Libraries Rock!

We can’t wait for you to rock and roll with us at our music-themed events all summer long, from making your own instruments to sing-alongs!

Get your reading groove on this summer and track your reading progress through fun activities at your ...

Queens Library Magazine

The new issue of Queens Library Magazine is out now!

Queens Library Magazine combines great library-themed feature stories and two months' worth of information about our free programs, services, and special events, and it's available at your neighborhood library or ...

Summer Meals For Kids & Teens

For children and teens up to 18 years old, free, nutritious Summer Meals will be available from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31.

Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 2pm, at 35 Queens Library locations. Enrollment is not required.

Queens ...

Summer Programs at the Library!

Summer Programs are in full swing at the Library! Come out to enjoy music, theater, and learning opportunities that are perfect for the family.

If the play’s your thing, don’t miss the chance to stop by and pick up free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

For an experience the entire family ...

Aug
21
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Daily Crossword Puzzles

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Solve fun daily crossword puzzles at your favorite library.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Crayon Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the library for some fun and relaxing coloring! Children in grades Pre-k through 5th grade can come into the library after school and enjoy coloring some different types of coloring pages. Pre-k children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Children's Summer Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to join us for a different children's film. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
21
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Meals at Ridgewood

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Queens Library @ Ridgewood is honored to partner with SchoolFood to provide an essential summer service — FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long. Queens Library @ Ridgewood will provide summer meals from Thursday, June 28 through Friday, August 31. Summer meals are OPEN to all children, 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required. There is no cost. Meals will be provided Mondays through Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. There will be a fun learning activity each day.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
21
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Sand Art

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to decorate paper items including bunny rabbits, fish, monsters, bugs, school buses, and mandalas with colored sand. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
22
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Knitting Circle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun while making your own creations! Materials will be provided or you may bring your own.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

CSI Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 8 to 12 years old are invited to use their scientific knowledge to solve a different crime each week.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
22
3:30PM

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4:30PM

Puzzle Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us at the library for some fun problem solving! Children in grades pre-K through 6 can come into the library after school and enjoy the library's puzzle collection. Pre-K children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
23
12:15PM

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1:00PM

Toddler Playtime

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to join us for 45 minutes of unstructured play. A parent or caregiver must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
23
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to make a seasonal craft.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
23
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Legos

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to create a Lego project using a different theme each week. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
23
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Bubbles In The Garden

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for some fun with bubbles in the library's garden. This program is weather permitting. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
24
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to practice and improve their reading skills by reading out loud. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
24
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Music Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Make a different musical instrument each week, including flutes, rain sticks, mandolins, drums, and many more!


Aug
24
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Nail Polish Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. All nail polishes and supplies will be provided.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
25
10:00AM

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4:00PM

Friends of Ridgewood Library Monthly Book Sale

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for Friends of Ridgewood Library Monthly Book Sale. Proceeds will help purchase special items, such as new children's books, and fund programs for all ages. A great selection of books and media will be available for purchase (cash only). To become a Friend, visit: http://www.queenslibrary.org/support-the-library/friends

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
25
10:30AM

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11:00AM

Family Story Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and their families are invited to join us for songs, books, and parachute play. A parent or caregiver must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Legos

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to create a Lego project using a different theme each week. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
25
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Super Fan Quote Contest

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Fans will have an opportunity to test their Harry Potter knowledge at participating library locations. To enter you must identify the Harry Potter quote. If you answer correctly your name will be entered into the drawing to win Harry Potter prizes.


Aug
27
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Babies ages 6-18 months are invited to join us for nursery rhymes, books and singing. Caregivers must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
27
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Harry Potter 20: O. W. L. Camp

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Calling all aspiring witches and wizards! Attend Hogwarts at our O.W.L. Camp. This is your chance to be sorted into your Hogwarts house, play Quidditch, and learn subjects like Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts.
We will be:
* Watching the Harry Potter movies
* Sorting students into Hogwarts houses
* Making slime
* Battling magical creatures
* Playing Jeopardy
* Making wands

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Aug
31
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading Club Craft: Superhero Tote Bag

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to decorate their own superhero tote bag. A parent or guardian must be present.


Sep
4
3:15PM

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3:45PM

Book Bingo

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us each week for a literary-themed game of bingo. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
4
5:00PM

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5:30PM

Jeopardy

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to join us for an exciting kid version
of the trivia game Jeopardy.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
6
3:30PM

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4:00PM

Spelling Bee

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join us for a weekly spelling bee. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
6
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: High Intensity Interval Training for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp Instructor Erica leads this total body workout which works on muscle strength and endurance while keeping the heart rate up to burn calories and improve cardiovascular health. Please bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water; wear comfortable clothes. Space is limited. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
8
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Japanese Storytime

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for Japanese language storytime! Enjoy songs, books, and parachute play, all in Japanese! A parent or caregiver must be present.


Sep
8
1:00PM

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3:30PM

Everything You Can't Google About Freelance Writing

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 44 openings

In this workshop, presenters cover everything you can’t Google about freelancing writing, including working with editors, negotiating pay, and drafting pitches that editors read and accept.
Students will: Review and critique real pitches directly from editors’ inboxes. Practice writing and editing their own great pitches. Learn about current industry rates, and how to ask for what they are worth. Leave with a list of 100+ editors’ email addresses.


Sep
15
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Princeton Review Specialized High School Information Session

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 30 openings

Are you confused about the Specialized High School exam? Join the Princeton Review as they go over the ins and outs of the Specialized High School exam and process.


Sep
17
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Computer Basics

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 10 openings

Learn the basics of using the Windows operating system and get hands-on practice using a mouse and keyboard in this workshop for beginning computer users. No experience required!


Sep
22
1:00PM

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5:00PM

SHSAT Practice Exam with the Princeton Review

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 34 openings

Take this free, full-length practice test to find out how you might score on the real SHSAT! Your personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know what to focus on as you prep. Preregistration is required.


Sep
24
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Jerry Drake & The Front Page Big Band

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Jerry Drake is a composer and performer of original music in the Great American Songbook and classic big band style. He has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist and singer. The 12-piece concert band that accompanies Jerry is comprised of many of the best musicians in the New York area, some of whom have been with him for over twenty years.

Co-sponsored by NYC Councilperson Bob Holden and Friends of Ridgewood Library


Sep
27
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Internet Basics

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn the basics of browsing the web in this hands-on workshop for beginning computer users. No experience required!


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Children's Movie Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us the last Friday of every month to watch a different children's movie.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
29
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Sonido Costeño Trio

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Take to the floor with this high energy band that fuses Latin music and salsa and features a dance repertoire that includes merengue, bachata, mambo, and more.


Oct
6
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Glendale Book CLub

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join the Glendale book club in group discussions every first Saturday of the month at the Ridgewood Library.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Oct
11
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Rockabye Baby: Safe Sleep

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Everyone wants to take the best care of their children. Whether you're a parent, babysitter, or considering having a child, come learn about ways that you can keep your baby safe while they sleep.


Oct
13
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Financial Aid Basics with Bell Curves

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join Bell Curves as they discuss the basics of financial aid and paying for college. This workshop is open to both students and their parents.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Oct
18
12:15PM

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1:00PM

Toddler Learning Center

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddler Learning Center is open to young children aged from 18 – 38 months. Parents will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and parenting skills. Each TLC session is led by an early learning professional.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Oct
18
1:00PM

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1:30PM

Toddler Learning Center Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Toddlers age 18 to 38 months old are invited to create a simple craft. A parent or guardian must be present.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Oct
27
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Prepare for Your Care: Learn How to Have Your End-of-Life Wishes Honored

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Reimagine End of Life Week is a city-wide exploration of big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation. A workshop leader from Reimagine will first lead participants in creating personal six word memoirs and then provide the tools for participants to identify wishes for medical care when living with a progressive or serious illness or at end of life. Learn how to talk more effectively with doctors and family and friends about your wishes and those of loved ones.


Oct
31
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Halloween Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for Halloween themed games and crafts. A parent or caregiver must be present.


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The Ridgewood Community Library has:

  • 20 public computers
  • Free Internet access
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Limited free printing

 

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International Language Collections at the Ridgewood Community Library include:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the Ridgewood Community Library include:

  • Computers
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print
  • Mind & Body
  • Travel

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Public High Schools
Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
Senior Centers
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Caltapa YMCA Pre-Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education
69-02 64th Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-1776
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board # 5
61-23 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY , 11385
phone: (718)366-1834
fax: (718) 417-5799
  

Community Organizations & Services
Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
1820 Flushing Ave
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-1776
  

Fire Department
Engine 291 Ladder 140
56-07 Metropolitan Avenue
Queens NY , 11385
Engine 286 Ladder 135
66-44 Myrtle Avenue
Queens NY , 11385
 

Local Hospitals
Wycoff Heights Medical Center
374 Stockholm Street
Brooklyn NY , phone: (718) 963-7272
  

Parks and Playgrounds
Rosemary’s Playground
Woodward Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Woodbine Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
Joseph F Mafera Park
65 Pl & Caltapa Avenue & 68 Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Police Department
104th Precinct
64-02 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 386-3004
  

Post Office
Fresh Pond Post Office
6080 Woodbine Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
Ridgewood Post Office
6060 Myrtle Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (800) 275-8777
 

Private / Parochial Schools
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal
61 Bleecker Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-2221
St Matthias RC School
5815 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-8003
 

Public Elementary Schools
PS 68 Cambridge School(K-5)
59-09 St Felix Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7246
PS 71 Forest School (K-5)
62-85 Forest Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-7772
fax: (718)386-7088
PS 81 Jean Paul Richter School (K-5)
559 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-9800
PS 88 Seneca School (PK-5)
60-85 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-8121
PS 239 (PK-5)
17-15 Weirfield Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-4009
 

Public High Schools
Grover Cleveland High School
2127 Himrod Street
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 381-9600
  

Public Intermediate / Junior High Schools
IS 77
976 Seneca Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 366-7120
IS 93
66-56 Forest Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 821-4882
 

Senior Centers
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center
319 Stanhope Street
Brooklyn NY , 11237
phone: (718) 366-3038
Ridgewood Older Adult Center
59-14 70th Avenue
Ridgewood NY , 11385
phone: (718) 456-2000
 

Elected Officials
NYC Council
Hon. Robert Holden
RHolden@council.nyc.gov
District Office64-69 Dry Harbor Road
Middle Village NY, 11379
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1774
New York NY , 10007
phone: (212) 788-7381
fax: (212) 227-7164
NYC Council
Hon. Antonio Reynoso
AReynoso@council.nyc.gov
District Office Address 244 Union Avenue, Suite 1A
Brooklyn NY, 11206
phone: (718) 963-3141
fax: (347) 223-4347
Legislative Office 250 Broadway, Suite 1740
New York NY, 10007
phone: (212) 788-7095
NYS Assembly
Hon. Catherine T. Nolan
NolanC@nyassembly.gov
District Office 47-40 21st Street, Room 810
Long Island City NY, 11101
phone: (718) 784-3194
fax: (718) 472-0648
Albany Office LOB, Room 836
Albany NY, 12248
phone: (518) 455-4851
fax: (518) 455-3847
NYS Senate
Hon. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
Addabbo@nysenate.gov
District Office 159-53 102nd Street
Howard Beach NY, 11414
phone: (718) 738-1111
fax: (718) 322-5760
Albany Office Room 613, Legislative Office Building
Albany NY, 12247
phone: (518) 455-2322
fax: (518) 426-6875
US Congress
Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez
District Office 266 Broadway, Suite 201
Brooklyn NY , 11211
phone: (718) 599-3658
fax: 718-599-4537
Legislative Office 2302 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
phone: (202) 225-2361
fax: (202) 226-0327
Boro President
Hon. Melinda Katz
Info@queensbp.org
  
Mayor
Hon. Bill de Blasio
  

History

The earliest recorded inhabitants of the Ridgewood area were Native Americans of the Mespachtes Tribe. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Dutch settlers arrived and tilled the land as farmers. Eventually, in the early eighteenth century, English settlers named the area Ridgewood for its dense wooded geography. The population began to swell as transportation to and from Brooklyn improved, namely with the elevated transit lines in 1879 and with trolley lines built along Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues in 1881. By this time the population was largely a German middle class which supported many local businesses, including several large breweries. The remaining farmlands were acquired by Gustav Mathews in 1906 who turned them into residential areas named the “Mathews Flats”, a large complex of over 800 six-family brick row houses.

After World War II came a wave of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, in particular from Poland and the former Yugoslavia. The latest census also reveals a growing overall population largely due to an increase of the local Hispanic population.

By the time of Ridgewood’s change from a rural to an urban area and, ironically, the same year as the grand opening of the large 42nd Street library in Manhattan, the Ridgewood Library was opened in 1911. At the time only a homely storefront with 2,000 books and no children’s room, it blossomed in only 18 years into a block long building used by residents ever since. Today the library is being expanded by a major renovation to provide local residents with more space for improved customer service.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.