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Ridgewood Through the Years

Join neighborhood storytellers who share the past, present, and the future they see when they look at Ridgewood. Examine historic photos of Ridgewood from the library’s collections, and bring your own family’s stories and photos to share.

Jun 8 @ 2:00 PM

June Oral History Workshop

Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. Queens Memory volunteers are working all over the borough to collect residents' stories and photos for safekeeping in the Queens Library digital archives. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, ask ...

Jun 13 @ 6:00 PM

Ridgewood Photo Collection

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library and the Queens Memory Project are working together to gather rare images of Ridgewood to add to the library’s digital archives. Bring your photos from home on one of the drop-in dates and volunteers will help you record all the information about them. Photos will be sent off to the digitization lab to be ...

Jun 29 @ 10:00 AM, Jul 27 @ 10:00 AM

May
23
10:00AM

--to--

11:00AM

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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May
23
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Board Games for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us Thursdays for a variety of board games at the library (chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, and more).

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

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May
23
6:30PM

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7:30PM

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Dance Fitness for Adults

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

ShapeUp NYC instructor Nora leads this fitness class that uses easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardio fitness and mobility and to tone the body. Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. 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.

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May
24
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Cold, Cold, Cold

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn about science and make ice cream! In this workshop students will use CO2 to make ice cream and other science experiments.


May
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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May
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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May
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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May
28
5:00PM

--to--

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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May
29
10:30AM

--to--

11:00AM

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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May
31
4:00PM

--to--

5:30PM

Children's Film Series

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for a different children's film on the last Friday of each month.

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

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Jun
1
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ridgewood Tenants Union

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Ridgewood tenants' assembly meets to grow tenant power in the neighborhood in the face of increasing displacement and gentrification. Tenants will come together to discuss the issues they are facing and start working together to create a plan of action. The Tenants Union meets at the library the first Saturday of each month.

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

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Jun
3
11:30AM

--to--

12:00PM

Toddler Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children ages 19-36 months are invited to join us for singing and story time. 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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Jun
3
12:00PM

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12:30PM

Toddler Craft

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come join us to make a simple craft. For toddlers ages 1-4 years old. Must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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

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Jun
3
4:00PM

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5:00PM

The Young Debaters Program

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Young Debaters Program is a skill development program aimed at teaching students the fundamental skills required to be effective debaters and public speakers.

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

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Jun
5
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Make Your Own Pride Flag

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Help decorate the library for Pride Month!


Jun
5
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Summer Reading Comedy and Magic Show

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join Adam Auslander in this fun-filled family literacy event that promotes reading in the summer. Children and their family will enjoy an hour filled with laughter and excitement. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
8
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Ridgewood Through the Years

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join neighborhood storytellers who share the past, present, and the future they see when they look at Ridgewood. Examine historic photos of Ridgewood from the library’s collections, and bring your own family’s stories and photos to share.


Jun
10
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Teen Arts Time

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Teens will explore different artists and styles and create their own work in a judgement free environment. Every week is a new project and will feature classic and new (comics, zines, etc.) styles. No experience with art required! Drop in whenever to join.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
12
3:30PM

--to--

4:30PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Love is Love is Love Zine Workshop for Tweens

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Love knows no color, shape, or form. Love is love is love! Use colorful paper, markers, and clip art to create your own zine expressing how you think of love.


Jun
13
6:00PM

--to--

8:00PM

June Oral History Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. Queens Memory volunteers are working all over the borough to collect residents' stories and photos for safekeeping in the Queens Library digital archives. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, ask good questions, make a high quality recording, and submit your completed interview to the library. To RSVP email josselyn.atahualpa@queenslibrary.org


Jun
15
10:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Funday at Ridgewood Library

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for a fun day of face painting, blood pressure screenings, a flea market, and more outside Ridgewood Library presented by the Friends of Ridgewood Library. Renew your membership in the Friends and pick five free books.


Jun
15
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Middle School College Family Workshop

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Middle school is not too early to start thinking about college. This workshop welcomes all families; however, the focus will be with students in middle school. We will explore the various paths to higher education and the steps parents can take in preparation for college.


Jun
17
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Love is Love is Love Zine Workshop for Teens

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Love knows no color, shape, or form. Love is love is love! Use colorful paper, markers, and clip art to create your own zine expressing how you think of love.


Jun
17
6:00PM

--to--

7:30PM

Poetry Writing Prompts to Stimulate the Creative Noodle

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for writing poems based on fun and inventive prompts and sharing them in a workshop setting.


Jun
19
1:00PM

--to--

2:00PM

Adult Crafternoon: Watercolors

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each month we'll explore a different artistic medium. In June, we'll use watercolors to create our own artwork. Ideas for future programs are welcome!


Jun
20
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Friends of Ridgewood: New York City Swing

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Ridgewood Library is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Come to a music concert of songs from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s performed by New York City Swing.
Singing and dancing to the music are encouraged.
June 20 (Rain Date June 27)
July 18 (Rain Date July 25)
August 15 (Rain Date August 22)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgewood Library with funding from Councilman Robert Holden.

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

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Jun
21
4:30PM

--to--

5:30PM

Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show with Jason Reilly

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

This program features frogs, bugs, chinchillas, and a chicken. Learn about where these animals are from, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. This program is for ages 6 to 12.


Jun
29
10:00AM

--to--

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 https://queenslibrary.org/support/friends-of-library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
10:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Ridgewood Photo Collection

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library and the Queens Memory Project are working together to gather rare images of Ridgewood to add to the library’s digital archives. Bring your photos from home on one of the drop-in dates and volunteers will help you record all the information about them. Photos will be sent off to the digitization lab to be scanned and saved to a flash drive for you to keep! You will be notified once your images are back at the Ridgewood Library for pickup.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
10:00AM

--to--

4:00PM

Friends of Ridgewood Library Monthly Book Sale

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for the Friends of Ridgewood Library Monthly Book Sale in the Library Garden. A huge selection of books and media are available for purchase (CASH ONLY). All proceeds go directly to Ridgewood Library to purchase books and media and fund programs for all ages. In case of inclement weather, the Book Sale will be held in the Library.

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

Additional Dates


Jun
29
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Love is Love is Love Crafternoon

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Love knows no color, shape, or form. Love is love is love! Use colorful paper, markers, and your own imagination to express how you think of love.


Jul
1
1:00PM

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2:00PM

Summer Reading: Lunch and a Movie

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us Mondays through Fridays for free lunch and a movie. Please note that lunch is provided by the Department of Education and is first-come, first-serve for children and teens only.

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

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Jul
1
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Summer Reading: Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Partner with a book buddy this summer to read something new.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
2
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Summer Reading: Comics Club

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Read and create your own comics.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
3
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Summer Reading: Board Games

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us for all types of board games.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
5
2:00PM

--to--

3:00PM

Summer Reading: Book Buddies

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Partner with a book buddy this summer to read something new.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
8
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

Summer Reading: Typing Challenge

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Get ready for next school year and challenge yourself, friends, and the librarians to improve your typing skills.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Make Your Own Magazine

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Children and teens are invited to create their own magazine compiled of reviews of books, comics, movies, video games, and more this summer for their friends and classmates.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
11
6:00PM

--to--

7:00PM

Summer Reading: Thursday Nights in the Garden

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Have fun with friends and family in the Ridgewood Library garden!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
11:00AM

--to--

12:00PM

21st Century Tech Tools

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Join us this summer to learn about the 21st century tech skills you've always wanted to learn how to use better. This eight-week series led by one of our staff will feature a flexible curriculum that's based partially on the tools you want to learn more about. Registration is not required but please pick up a survey starting June 1 to fill out your interests at the adult reference desk.

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
3:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: Out of this World Explorations

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Each Friday we’ll explore outer space through arts, crafts, and more!

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

Additional Dates


Jul
12
4:00PM

--to--

5:00PM

Summer Reading: Theater Fun

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Play fun theater games and create your own play to be performed at the end of the summer.

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

Additional Dates


Aug
1
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Summer Reading: Spaceship Building Launch

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Come build a space station with library staff in the teen area throughout the month of August using newspapers and other recycled materials.


Aug
17
11:00AM

--to--

2:30PM

Neighborhood Cats TNR Workshop

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

Are you ready to be part of the solution for feral and stray cats in your neighborhood? Our expert instructors will teach you best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return and colony management plus provide you with information on NYC resources. Attendees will become TNR certified, making them eligible for free and low cost services like spay/neuter, trap rentals, and expert assistance.
Registration required https://fs10.formsite.com/NCats/workshop/index.html


Aug
28
11:00AM

--to--

1:00PM

Summer Reading: Escape Room in Outer Space

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

You and your friends have an important mission – to escape the room! Solve puzzles and find clues in this outer space-themed escape room adventure.


Aug
30
2:00PM

--to--

4:00PM

Summer Reading: End of the Summer Party

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Say goodbye to the summer at our end of summer reading party.


Sep
19
12:00PM

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1:00PM

Insomnia

Location: Ridgewood
Registration: Not required

Sleeplessness can result in ongoing fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, and increased risk of serious illnesses. We will look at common causes of sleeplessness, and learn and practice some sleep-enhancing thoughts and behaviors to help us get the peaceful rest we need.
Presenter: Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, Program Manager of SHAREing and CAREing.


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

 

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

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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 739
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.