Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ridgewood Reservoir gets $7M facelift

From the Daily News:

The city has completed the first round of improvements to Highland Park, including new pathways, better lighting and fencing.

The $7 million project was designed to make the greenspace — which straddles the Queens-Brooklyn border — safer and more accessible to the public.

But a more ambitious plan to use the area around the decommissioned Ridgewood Reservoir is still years away.


Anonymous said...

Not actually in Ridgewood.

Queens Crapper said...

Yes, it is in Ridgewood.

Anonymous said...

It may be an entity unto itself but Ridgewood Reservoir sure isn't in Ridgewood. Unless, of course, this part of Ridgewood is somehow an island between Glendale and Cypress Hills but I'm not aware of such a thing.

The Bushwick branch of the LIRR forms the southern boundary of Ridgewood in the part closest to the Ridgewood Reservoir.

I'm not sure of the source here for saying the reservoir is in Ridgewood but if the rationale is the name, "Ridgewood Reservoir," I think most would agree the name is a historical remnant of when most of this part of Queens was relatively undeveloped.

This area probably WAS considered Ridgewood at one time but that is not what it is known as now.

If the source for referring to the Ridgewood Reservoir area as Ridgewood is CityData and the accompanying map then...

Zum Stammtisch at 69-46 Myrtle Avenue is in Ridgewood

The Glendale Library at 78-60 73rd Place is in Ridgewood

Yer Man's Irish Pub at 70-26 88th Street is in Ridgewood

Home Depot at 75-09 Woodhaven Boulevard is in Ridgewood.

I don't believe most people familiar with these locations would agree with CityData here.

Unfortunately, the name Ridgewood Reservoir is confusing and misleading. Anyone going to Ridgewood Reservoir will have to leave Ridgewood to get there.

Alas, 'tis true...

Just think of it as one of those things you just have to get used to - like two Floral Parks (one in Queens and one in Nassau).

Queens Crapper said...

Wyckoff Avenue and the cemeteries are listed as Ridgewood. Ridgewood follows the terminal moraine until Cypress Hills St. The cores of Glendale and Ridgewood were actually pretty far apart when first settled. I'm not sure who determined the "official" boundaries of the neighborhoods and really don't understand why anyone does. Maybe if people stopped being so parochial, things would be better.

Gary the Agnostic said...

What's considered to be part of one neighborhood now may not have been decades ago, and they won't be the same years from now, either. Some neighborhood names completely fade away as well. Try to find Dunton, Clarenceville or Germania in Queens these days.

Anonymous said...

hey Crappy, the area you mention by Cypress Hills St - terminal moraine etc. I know lots of old-timers who live there (more than 40 years) and they would say they live in liberty park and say it's part of Glendale if anybody asked them. I think it matters to people who live there and I know it matters for business. Ridgewood has a BID that goes down Myrtle Avenue.The BID ends at the RR crossing at Fresh Pond. This is the border between Ridgewood and Glendale. You can tell because in Glendale the trash gets picked up almost never becuase there's no BID there. I know they want to extend the BID past here into Glendale but many of the businesses in Glendale have a different attitude and don't want to pay more $ for trash pickup etc. I wish they would since Glendale has trash everywhere.