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ShapeUp NYC: Yoga for Adults

Wahnita King leads this yoga class for participants of all levels, focusing on bringing awareness to the body through core strengthening and total-body flexibility. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own mat.

Aug 5 @ 5:00 PM, Aug 12 @ 5:00 PM, Aug 19 @ 5:00 PM, Aug 26 @ 5:00 PM, Sep 2 @ 5:00 PM

Book Discussion Group

Join our discussion of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Aug 10 @ 6:30 PM

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a discussion of "The Dinner" by Herman Koch.

Sep 14 @ 6:30 PM

Aug
5
1:15PM

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2:15PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades 4-6

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders are invited to join us for summer crafts, games and book discussions.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
5
5:00PM

--to--

6:00PM

ShapeUp NYC: Yoga for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Wahnita King leads this yoga class for participants of all levels, focusing on bringing awareness to the body through core strengthening and total-body flexibility. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own mat.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
6
1:15PM

--to--

2:15PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades K-1

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Kindergartners and first graders are invited to join us for summer reading-themed crafts, games and book discussions.

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

Additional Dates


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Aug
7
11:30AM

--to--

1:00PM

Arch for Kids Sustainable Design Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a series of hands-on workshops for young people age 7 and up focusing on sustainable design and renewable resources. Students will learn about sustainability and complete different craft projects that highlight what they learned.


Aug
7
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Family Movie Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and their parents are invited to join us for a different family-friendly movie each week. Each child 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.

Additional Dates


Aug
8
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

National Grid Energy Fair

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The entire family can participate in this afternoon of energy-related activities and information. Join ArchForKids, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Materials for the Arts and the Mr. Wizard of Queens, Vinnie Voltage, for projects and demonstrations. Make a windmill. Build a circuit and generate electricity. Get your face painted! Everyone is welcome at this event, made possible by funding from National Grid.


Aug
10
11:00AM

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11:30AM

Mother Goose

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children 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.

Additional Dates


Aug
10
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 19 months to 3 years old are invited to join us for singing, storytime and dancing. A parent or caregiver must be present.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
10
6:30PM

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7:30PM

ShapeUp NYC: Latin Aerobics

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Instructor Maria Jarrys teaches Latin Aerobics, a fusion of Latin music and dance themes like salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and samba! Be sure to bring a towel and bottle of water. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
10
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join our discussion of "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" by Kate Douglas Wiggin


Aug
11
1:15PM

--to--

2:15PM

Summer Reading Club: Grades 2 and 3

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Second and third graders are invited to join us for summer crafts, games and book discussions.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
22
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Presents: African-American Folk Music with the Heritage Blues Orchestra Trio

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

This trio from the Heritage Blues Orchestra consists of guitar and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack. It takes the sorrow and joy of the blues and presents music that ranges from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.

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

Additional Dates


Sep
14
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Painting Poems: An Exhibition of New Work by Mollie Hosmer-Dillard

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Meet artist Mollie Hosmer-Dillard for the opening of her exhibit, a talk about her artistic vision and a guided tour of her work.


Sep
14
6:30PM

--to--

7:30PM

Book Discussion Group

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a discussion of "The Dinner" by Herman Koch.


Sep
19
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Seven-String Swing Songs of the Swing Era

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Guitar and vocal jazz duo Carol and Ed Nicodemi perform selections from the Swing Era.


Sep
26
2:30PM

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5:00PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. In this screening, Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece returns to life with murder, mayhem and the ultimate revenge in a bold new performance by The New York Philharmonic, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.


Sep
28
6:30PM

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7:45PM

Business Planning Basics

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

Learn about the key components of a strong business plan!

This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections.


Oct
3
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Lois Bruno Performs Songs of the Jazz Divas

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Jazz vocalist Lois Bruno offers a musical tribute to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand and the songs they made famous: "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," "It's Only a Paper Moon" and more.


Oct
17
2:30PM

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3:30PM

Lincoln Center Local Screening: The Villalobos Brothers

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Lincoln Center is partnering with Queens Library to bring free screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. The Villalobos Brothers masterfully blend the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music to create a new sound in Latin music.


Nov
23
6:30PM

--to--

7:45PM

Business Financing Roadmap

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

Whether you are just starting up or expanding an existing business, this course will help you learn about credit and financing opportunities for your small business. Additionally, the course will give insight on what lenders are looking for in the current credit environment so you can be best prepared when applying for financing.


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. Elizabeth Crowley
ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
District OfficeAtlas Park Mall, 71-19-80th Street, Ste.8-303
Glendale NY, 11385
phone: (718) 366-3900
fax: (718) 326-3549
Manhattan Office Address 250 Broadway, 1765
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
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@assembly.state.ny.us
District Office 61-08 Linden Street
Ridgewood NY, 11385
phone: (718) 456-9492
fax: (718) 417-4982
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.