From the (1939) WPA Guide to New York City:
Bushwick and Ridgewood, old-fashioned and respectable, are German-American communities spreading northeast of Broadway. Comfortable brownstones with neat stoops and polished brass give the district an atmosphere of calm quite unlike that of the usual strident Brooklyn neighborhood.

Ridgewood, the region near the Brooklyn Queens borough line, was settled in the early eighteenth century by the English, who first called it the "Ridge" for its most salient topographical feature.

Recollections of Ridgewood (1939): A Dream that Came True

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