"Ridgewood, NJ" Ridgewood by frankcanfly

Ridgewood Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 23 photos

A great NYC suburban town in Northern New Jersey...

You can commute to Manhatten from here in a matter of minutes, or hours if the traffic on the GW Bridge is backed up.

Ridgewood traces its roots to 1687 when the East Jersey Proprietors granted several hundred acres to Isaac Kingsland. Johannes Van Emburgh bought some of this land in 1698 and his descendants built one of the first houses in the area.

Originally an agricultural community named Godwinville, the name was changed to Ridgewood in 1866 and it was incorporated as the Village of Ridgewood in 1894. After rail service to New York was instituted in 1851, the downtown business district began to develop.

  • Last visit to Ridgewood: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2004
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  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2005 at 6:26 PM

    Thanks for the kind words regarding our town. Next time you're in Ridgewood we'll have to do a VT meeting.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 9:02 PM

    Wow, that is quite a swimming pool here! Also, thanks for the Intro facts, they helped clear up my confusion as to why the sign says this place was first 'settled' as late as 1894!

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 6:48 PM

    Ridgewood is definitely one of the more charming suburban Bergen County towns. The houses are so well kept there.

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2004 at 5:38 AM

    Hey! next time you're in Ridgewood let me know! We can have a VT meet! It's a great little town:D


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