Ridgewood, Queens, New York City
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Ridgewood is a neighborhood in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, that borders the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Williamsburg, and the Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale. Historically a German neighborhood, it is now home to many small families of diverse backgrounds, including Eastern Europeans, Latinos, and Central and Western Europeans. Harry Houdini is one of the former notable residents, and is buried there at the Machpelah Cemetery.
The majority of the neighborhood covers a large hill, more than likely part of the glacial moraine that created Long Island, which starts at Metropolitan Avenue, rises steeply for about two blocks, then slopes down gently. A good example of just how steep the hill is can be found at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish. The Front Entrance of the Church, which is at street level on 60th Place, is almost level with the second floor of the Parish school right next door.
Major streets in Ridgewood include Forest Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, Myrtle Avenue, and Metropolitan ("Metro") Avenue. All of these streets are narrow two-lane roads (with parking lanes), and the high volume on these streets can cause traffic tie-ups during rush hour. The intersection of Fresh Pond and Metropolitan is especially notorious for being a bottleneck. The main shopping areas are on Myrtle Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, and also Knickerbocker Avenue between Myrtle and Flushing Avenues.
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