Ridgewood

Ridgewood is a city in New Jersey.

Get in

By air

The nearest airport with regular scheduled service is Newark-Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey. LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport (The busiest in the US) are also nearby in Queens, New York.

By train

NJ Transit and Metro North - the Ridgewood train station is located right in the heart of Downtown Ridgewood and the railroad tracks divide Downtown, as well as the village, into two sections, East Ridgewood and West Ridgewood.

Amtrak - Newark Penn Station in Newark,New Jersey offers Amtrak service to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, New York City, and all points beyond and in between. Amtrak's ACELA EXPRESS trains service Newark Penn and travel between Washington DC and Boston. Other area Amtrak stations are New York Penn Station in New York City and Metropark Station in Iselin, NJ.

By bus

Ridgewood Bus Terminal - located right across from Van Neste Square in Downtown Ridgewood, is served by NJ Transit buses heading all over the area including direct buses to New York City.

Port Authority Bus Terminal (New York City)- Greyhound Bus service to and from anywhere. All major bus companis serve Port Authority. Also served by NJ Transit, New York city, and Long Island Transit buses. Also served by NYC Subways. Full amenities, much like an airport, range from restaurants, news stands, and stores selling all items.

By Car

Ridgewood can be accessed from NJ-4 (through Fair Lawn and Glen Rock), NJ-17 (Through Wyckoff, Paramus, or Ridgewood exits), and NJ-208 (Through Glen Rock). There are no car rental offices in Downtown Ridgewood but there is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car about 1 mile north of Downtown near the border with Ho-Ho-Kus. There is also a multitude of car rental offices in nearby Paramus.

Orientation

Ridgwood is a fairly large town with many different neighborhoods so it is important to get somewhat aqauinted with all of them if you are planning on exploring Ridgewood outside of downtown:

Get around

By foot

Walking is the best way to get around Downtown Ridgewood because it is not very large, but a car will be needed if you plan to get out of Downtown, the best way is with a car because local bus service is limited. NOTE: For those wishing to cross to the smaller downtown sector of West Ridgewood, there is a pedestrian only underpass, as well as a road with a narrow sidewalk under pass under the train tracks.

By car

The best way to get around Ridgewood outside of Downtown. Be aware, thoughm that traffic in Downtown Ridgewood is somewhat congested and on weekends there is a shortage of parking. NOTE: On street parking and public lot parking within Downtown is metered, so be sure to have change with you.

By bus

Local bus service (NJ Transit) is limited and stops within Ridgewood, locally, are few and far between.

See

Van Neste Square - the center of East Ridgewood as well as the center of Ridgewood. Home to Van Neste Park and various monuments and statues as well as benches and green areas perfect for a picnic or just resting on a bench.

Van Neste Park - a large park in the center of town in East Ridgewood. The centerpoint of Van Neste Square. Hangout spot for many people. Monuments, status,benches, and green areas.

Wilsey Square - the center of West Ridgewood. Surrounded by shops and eateries.

Railroad Square - park area surrounding both sides of the Ridgewood Train Station. Onsite eateries and cafes on the eastern side.

Bergen County Public Park (Ridgewood) - the Ridgewood arm of the enormous Bergen County Public Park. The park is set along heavily wooded paths that connect oversized parks in various towns. Gives a feeling of the forest in the middle of the suburbs. One could wander around the whole park for days and never go to the same place. The Ridgewood arm of the park is one of the largest sections and is home to a large pond, a dog park, walking trails, a large playground, as well as parking and restroom facilities. Located East of downtown near Paramus and Ridgewood High School.

Do

Shop around

Buy

Eat

Ridgewood has a huge amount of restaurants, serving almost all types of food imaginable.

Budget

Mid-Range

Splurge

Although this is not all of the restaurants in Ridgewood, it shows an example of the variety there is.

Drink

Emergencies

Valley Hospital of Ridgewood is the local Hospital located at 223 N. Vandien Avenue. 201-447-8000. http://www.valleyhealth.com/index.aspx

Ridgewood Police Department 131 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood - (201) 652-3900

Go next

New York City is a short drive, train ride, or bus ride away just try to avoid rush hour or you will be in hours of traffic attempting to cross the Hudson River.


Routes through Ridgewood

Port Jervis Becomes Metro-North Port Jervis LineRamsey  N  S  Glen Rock Hoboken



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