Historic recognition in Ridgewood
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 24, 2013 | 1627 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the early 1700s, the rolling lush farmland of colonial Ridgewood was once trafficked by horse-and-buggies, and home to early Dutch and English settlements.

As the developing neighborhood saw the movement of trolleys and the elevated trains, the streets from dirt to cobblestone, the neighborhood of Ridgewood has always managed to keep ties to the roots that once built the old European community into a modern suburban oasis in the middle of an expanding urban metropolis.

The Ridgewood North Historical District, a neighborhood comprised of 96 apartment buildings, unveiled new street signs marking the historical district throughout the community’s narrow, old-European-styled streets from Forest to Fairview avenues, between Gates Avenue and Woodbine Street.

“This historical district designation ensures that the architecture and historical significance will be preserved,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at the unveiling ceremony last week.

Designated by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in September 2009, the housing developments constructed in the early 20th century by the G.X. Mathews Company were recognized as a step away from the overcrowding tenement-styled construction in Manhattan and toward an urban, middle-class neighborhood.

Crowley was joined by Councilwoman Diana Reyna, LPC Chairman Robert B. Tierney, Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association president Paul Kerzner, Community Board 5 chair Vincent Arcuri and a number of other local officials and residents for the ceremony at Korean Square on Forest and Grandview avenues.

Reyna, who also represents portions of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, joined the ceremony, as she also represents the southeastern segment of Ridgewood.

“This historical district designation recognizes the deep cultural legacy that exists in Ridgewood and will preserve this legacy for generations to come,” Reyna said. “I am so proud to be honoring the Ridgewood community today.”

Ridgewood’s North Historic District is the third to have been recognized in the community, joining the Stockholm Street Historic District in 2000 and the Ridgewood South Historic District in October 2010.

“We are thrilled that the New York Landmarks Foundation has made it possible to interpret and convey Ridgewood’s role in the development and history of New York City to anyone who passes through its historic streets,” Tierney said.

Following the event, community members met with their representatives and discussed the neighborhood as Rudy’s Pastry Shop provided coffee and cake from their bakery at 905 Seneca Ave.

“I am pleased that council member Crowley and Landmarks Commissioner Robert Tierney were able to join the Ridgewood community in the unveiling of what hopefully will be the first of many historic signs in the ever-expanding historic districts in Ridgewood,” Kerzner said.

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