Grocers, pizzerias, and classic row homes in a relaxed neighborhood between Brooklyn and Queens.

Ridgewood’s modest neighborhood corner stores and old-world meat markets lend it an unpretentious and approachable air. This seemingly time-defying Queens mainstay doesn’t top the charts for hip hideouts or posh nightclubs. Instead, its pragmatic populace enjoys a slow-paced lifestyle that consists of breezy chitchat and sanguine stoop sitting. Multiple subway lines serve as Ridgewood’s connection to bolder NYC neighborhoods.

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On the Map

Ridgewood is within Queens and bordered by Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Middle Village, Maspeth, and Glendale

LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 50 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 40 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ridgewood: A Well-Kept Place

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Ridgewood residents take pride in their corner of Queens and it shows–the neighborhood's simple stoops and quiet sidewalks champion its pragmatic attitude.

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It takes 40 minutes to get to Union Square from Ridgewood.

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It's not a bad ride when you get to start your commute with this view.

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Small-Town Tendencies

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Ridgewood's streets come alive in the mornings as workers report to their posts.

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The artists and creative types emerge a little later, ready to make the trek into Manhattan with coffee in hand.

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Sleekly-styled cafes share Ridgewood's quiet corners with ethnic markets and petite grocers.

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A Slow Pace in a Small-Town Atmosphere

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In Ridgewood, the daylight hours are when things get done.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.