TimeOut ranks Ridgewood among coolest neighborhoods in the world

Ester wine bar in Ridgewood. (Photo courtesy of Ester owners)

TimeOut, the popular media company with trustworthy recommendations for food, travel, movies and more, recently named Ridgewood as fourth on its list of 51 of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. 

TimeOut polled 20,000 city residents and asked locals to rank the greatest places for fun, food, culture and community.

TimeOut cited Ridgewood’s diversity and its “old-school-meets-trendy” vibe among the reasons for its high ranking.

The TimeOut story also mentioned that though the neighborhood is evolving into a hip destination spot for fun, it also upholds its historic roots with the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, which often hosts events for the community. The Dutch colonial house dating back to the early 1700s just recently hosted a harvest festival on Oct. 9 with crafts, games, snacks and more.

TimeOut also walked readers through what would be the perfect day in Ridgewood, consisting of a bagel at Norma’s Corner Shoppe; shopping at Forever Vintage, Topos Bookstore and Tiny Arts Supply; eating at Rolo’s and Porcelain; and getting drinks at Julia’s. 

Ridgewood has seen many new businesses opening in the area, bringing with them a slew of new residents and therefore an uptick in the rental market. 

As recently reported by MNS Real Estate, Ridgewood was the neighborhood with the largest month-over-month increase in Queens, where studio prices increased 6.3%, from $2,118 to $2,250 in September. Compared to rental prices last year, Ridgewood saw a 18.6% increase. 

With new attractions like the horror-themed pub Flying Fox Tavern or the new elegant, romantic wine bar, Ester, Ridgewood has definitely seen a new wave of culture coming to the neighborhood. Though it is surrounded by quiet, residential areas like Glendale and Maspeth, it certainly stands out in the borough.