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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Van Dien House in Ridgewood
Van Dien House in Ridgewood
Location of Ridgewood in Bergen County highlighted in red (left). Inset map: Location of Bergen County in New Jersey highlighted in orange (right).
Location of Ridgewood in Bergen County highlighted in red (left). Inset map: Location of Bergen County in New Jersey highlighted in orange (right).
Ridgewood, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Location in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey is located in the United States
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated November 20, 1894
 • Type Faulkner Act Council-Manager
 • Body Village Council
 • Total 5.80 sq mi (15.03 km2)
 • Land 5.74 sq mi (14.87 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)  1.07%
Area rank 262nd of 565 in state
8th of 70 in county
85 ft (26 m)
 • Total 25,979
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 99th of 565 in state
10th of 70 in county
 • Density 4,524.4/sq mi (1,746.9/km2)
 • Density rank 131st of 565 in state
32nd of 70 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3400363000
GNIS feature ID 0885369

Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2020 United States census, the village's population was 25,979, an increase of 1,021 (+4.1%) from the 2010 census count of 24,958, which in turn reflected an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from 24,936 in the 2000 census.

It has been one of the state's highest-income communities. In 2000, its per capita income of $51,658 was ranked the 35th-highest in the state. Based on data from the 2006–2010 American Community Survey, it had a per-capita income of $67,560, 31st in the state. Based on data from the American Community Survey for 2013–2017, it had a median household income of $162,011, ranked 7th in the state among municipalities with more than 10,000 residents, more than double the statewide median of $76,475.

Ridgewood was ranked 26th in Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in 2011.


In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood, having purchased a 250 acres (100 ha) property in 1698.

The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township, also in Bergen County. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained a school district. In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (remainder now dissolved as Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus. The name of the village derives from the characteristics of its terrain.

In 2014, former Ridgewood Public Works Inspector Thomas Rica was convicted of stealing over $460,000 in coins collected from the village's parking meters. Rica was ordered to pay the entire amount back to the village and was permanently barred from seeking public employment in the state of New Jersey.

Historic sites

Ridgewood is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Ackerman House (222 Doremus Avenue) – 222 Doremus Avenue (added 1983) was constructed by Johannes and Jemima Ackerman c. 1787 on their 72-acre (29 ha) property and remained in the Ackerman family until the 1920s.
  • Ackerman House (252 Lincoln Avenue) – 252 Lincoln Avenue (added 1983) is a stone house constructed c. 1810 and named for either David or John Ackerman.
  • David Ackerman House – 415 East Saddle River Road (added 1983).
  • Ackerman-Van Emburgh House – 789 East Glen Avenue (added 1983) was built c. 1785 by John Ackerman and purchased by the Van Embergh family in 1816.
  • Archibald-Vroom House – 160 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1984).
  • Beech Street School – 49 Cottage Place (added 1998).
  • Paramus Reformed Church Historic District – Bounded by Franklin Turnpike, Route 17, Saddle River, south side of cemetery and Glen Avenue (added 1975). The Old Paramus Reformed Church was established in 1725, though the current building dates to 1800. During the Revolutionary War, the church was used for several years by the Continental Army, and in 1778 it was the site of the court-martial of General Charles Lee.
  • Rathbone-Zabriskie House – 570 North Maple Avenue (added 1983).
  • Ridgewood Station – Garber Square (added 1984).
  • Van Dien House – 627 Grove Street (added 1983).
  • Vanderbeck House – 249 Prospect Street (added 1983).
  • Westervelt-Cameron House – 26 East Glen Avenue (added 1983), constructed c. 1767 by John R. Westervelt.
  • Historic Graydon Pool – Located at the corner of North Maple Ave & Linwood Ave


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village had a total area of 5.80 square miles (15.03 km2), including 5.74 square miles (14.87 km2) of land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) of water (1.07%).

Ridgewood is adjacent to nine municipalities, eight in Bergen CountyFair Lawn, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Paramus, Waldwick and Washington Township − and Hawthorne in Passaic County.


Ridgewood's neighborhoods include:

  • Downtown – The central business district of Ridgewood, "Town" is centered on East Ridgewood Avenue. This area is home to the most iconic buildings in Ridgewood, such as the Wilsey building and the Moore Building.
  • Scrabbletown – Located between East Glen Avenue, Franklin Turnpike, and the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook.
  • The Old Country Club – Located between Goffle Road, Rock Road, Lincoln Avenue and Godwin Avenue. It is near the border with Midland Park.
  • The View – Area on and to the west of Ridgewood's highest point, an unnamed ridge on Crest Road known for its skyline views of New York City.
  • Upper Ridgewood – Located north of West Glen Avenue and west of the NJ Transit Main Line tracks.
  • Salem Ridge – Located East of Route 17.
  • Floral Park – Located between Grove Street, South Pleasant, East Ridgewood Avenue and South Van Dien Street.
  • Brookside
  • The Lawns – A loosely defined area in southern Ridgewood surrounding Hawes Elementary School.


Ridgewood has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) and the hardiness zone is 7a bordering on 6b.

Climate data for Ridgewood, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38
Average low °F (°C) 19
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.58


Ridgewood NJ Downtown
Downtown Ridgewood
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,047
1900 2,685 156.4%
1910 5,416 101.7%
1920 7,580 40.0%
1930 12,188 60.8%
1940 14,948 22.6%
1950 17,481 16.9%
1960 25,391 45.2%
1970 27,547 8.5%
1980 25,208 −8.5%
1990 24,152 −4.2%
2000 24,936 3.2%
2010 24,958 0.1%
2020 25,979 4.1%
2022 (est.) 26,168 4.8%
Population sources:
1890–1920 1890–1910
1890–1930 1900–2020
2000 2010 2020

2020 census

In the 2020 United States census, the population of Ridgewood was reported at 25,979, an increase of 1,121 people since the 2010 Census. Based on data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey, it was reported that there were 8,300 households in the village. The average number of persons per household was 3.01. 96.8% of the households owned a computer. 96.5% of the population (age 25+) graduated high school and 76.0% have a bachelor's degree. 78.8% of the population was White, 15.5% were Asian, 7.9% were Hispanic or Latino, and 1.2% were Black or African American.

2010 census

The 2010 United States census counted 24,958 people, 8,456 households, and 6,756 families in the village. The population density was 4,339.0 per square mile (1,675.3/km2). There were 8,743 housing units at an average density of 1,520.0 per square mile (586.9/km2). The racial makeup was 82.21% (20,518) White, 1.59% (398) Black or African American, 0.06% (16) Native American, 12.99% (3,242) Asian, 0.02% (4) Pacific Islander, 1.06% (265) from other races, and 2.06% (515) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.27% (1,316) of the population.

Of the 8,456 households, 45.4% had children under the age of 18; 69.1% were married couples living together; 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present and 20.1% were non-families. Of all households, 17.4% were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.

30.7% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 93.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 90.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $143,229 (with a margin of error of +/− $10,530) and the median family income was $172,825 (+/− $9,197). Males had a median income of $111,510 (+/− $12,513) versus $77,651 (+/− $9,008) for females. The per capita income for the village was $67,560 (+/− $3,740). About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Same-sex couples headed 38 households in 2010, an increase from the 22 counted in 2000.

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States census there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,663.7/km2). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0 per square mile (587.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.

There were 8,603 households, out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. 3.0% of the population and 1.8% of families were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The indie rock band Real Estate was described by The Record as "Ridgewood's best-known musical export". Rock band Senses Fail was founded in Ridgewood in 2002.

Parks and recreation

Park facilities in Ridgewood include:

  • Graydon Park, located between Linwood and North Maple Avenues, includes a beach park pool, baseball field, soccer field, and roller rink.
  • Veterans Field, located next to the library and police station, includes four baseball and softball fields, as well as a bandshell offering free concerts. The Ridgewood High School baseball team plays its home games here.
  • Citizens Park, located across the street from George Washington Middle School, includes two baseball fields and a soccer field. The hill is often used in the winter for sledding.
  • Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond, part of Bergen's Saddle River County Park, is located on East Ridgewood Avenue between Paramus Road and Pershing Avenue. Amenities include circular path with bench seating around duck pond, picnic pavilion, additional picnic areas, children's playground, fenced-in dog park, restroom facilities and entrance to a 6-mile, multi-use bike & pedestrian pathway. This pathway connects Ridgewood Duck Pond with five other areas along the Saddle River County Park: Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook. Fishing (NJ state license required) and ice skating are allowed at pond when conditions permit. The water is treated with certain chemicals, however, and swimming is strictly prohibited.


Local government

Ridgewood is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under Council-Manager plan B, as implemented on July 1, 1970, by direct petition. The village is one of 42 municipalities (of the 564) statewide governed under this form. The governing body is comprised of five council members who are responsible to hire and oversee a professional village manager who has full executive power for all departments. The government consists of five council members, with all positions elected at-large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in November. At a reorganization meeting held in January after newly elected council members take office, the council chooses a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members for two-year terms, with the mayor presiding over council meetings, but without any executive authority. The village council appoints a village manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the village. The village council passes local laws, makes appointments to various boards and committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

As of 2023, members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor Paul Vagianos (term on council ends December 31, 2026; term as mayor ends 2024), Deputy Mayor Pamela Perron (2024), Lorraine Reynolds (2024), Evan Weitz (2026) and Siobhan Winograd (2026).

In August 2021, councilmember Bernadette Walsh resigned from the seat expiring in December 2024, which was left temporarily vacant. In the November 2021 general election, Paul Vagianos was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.

In the November 2020 general election, voters approved by a 59%-41% margin a referendum that would move school and municipal elections (which had been held in April and May respectively) so that they were included as part of the November general election. The supporters of the initiative argued that the shift would "save money, improve turnout and improve security at schools where elections are held". The village council challenged the results of the referendum, but the village lost in Superior Court and had the ruling affirmed on appeal in March 2021, with the judge ruling that the village clerk had acted "improperly and unlawfully" in seeking to block the referendum.

Ridgewood is one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with the village type of government, joining Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and South Orange.

Federal, state and county representation

Ridgewood is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th state legislative district.

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019). For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 40th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Kevin J. O'Toole (R, Cedar Grove) and in the General Assembly by David C. Russo (R, Ridgewood) and Kevin J. Rooney (R, Wyckoff). Rooney was sworn into office on December 12, 2016, to fill the seat of Scott Rumana, who had resigned from office on October 20, 2016, to become a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. As of 2015, the County Executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus; term ends December 31, 2018). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2017; Fort Lee), Vice Chairman Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2016; River Edge), David L. Ganz (D, 2017; Fair Lawn), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; Franklin Lakes) Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, Montvale, 2015; serving the unexpired term of office that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale), Sheriff Michael Saudino (R) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill).


As of March 2011, there were a total of 15,983 registered voters in Ridgewood, of which 4,727 (29.6% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 4,125 (25.8% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 7,118 (44.5% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 13 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens. Among the village's 2010 Census population, 64.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 92.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).

In the 2016 presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 8,000 votes (60.4% vs. 54.2% countywide), ahead of Republican Donald Trump with 4,576 votes (34.6% vs. 41.1%) and other candidates with 665 votes (5.0% vs. 4.6%), among the 13,308 ballots cast by the village's 17,892 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.4% (vs. 72.5% in Bergen County). In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 6,181 votes here (50.5% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 5,852 votes (47.8% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 130 votes (1.1% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,232 ballots cast by the village's 17,124 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,387 votes here (55.5% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,743 votes (43.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 80 votes (0.6% vs. 0.8%), among the 13,306 ballots cast by the village's 16,867 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.9% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 6,656 votes here (50.7% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 6,357 votes (48.4% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 94 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,141 ballots cast by the village's 16,325 registered voters, for a turnout of 80.5% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 62.9% of the vote (4,259 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 36.2% (2,453 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (59 votes), among the 6,864 ballots cast by the village's 16,103 registered voters (93 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,192 votes here (48.8% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,885 votes (45.3% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 423 votes (4.9% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 44 votes (0.5% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,582 ballots cast by the village's 16,509 registered voters, yielding a 52.0% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).


Ridgewood High School
Ridgewood High School

The Ridgewood Public Schools serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2020–21 school year, the district, comprised of 10 schools, had an enrollment of 5,613 students and 432.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2020–21 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Glen School with 60 students in PreK and Private Day Care Center, Henrietta Hawes Elementary School with 593 students in grades K-5, Orchard Elementary School with 299 students in grades K-5, Ridge Elementary School with 443 students in grades K-5, Irwin B. Somerville Elementary School with 383 students in grades K-5, Ira W. Travell Elementary School with 377 students in grades K-5, Willard Elementary School with 461 students in grades K-5, Benjamin Franklin Middle School with 698 students in grades 6-8, George Washington Middle School with 666 students in grades 6-8 and Ridgewood High School with 1,775 students in grades 9-12.

The district's high school was the 28th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 28th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 20th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The school was ranked 606th in U.S. News & World Report national rankings for 2019.

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Ridgewood is a socioeconomic District Factor Group of J, the highest of eight categories.

Public school students from the village, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on an extremely selective and competitive application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.

The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district.

Preschools in Ridgewood include Bethlehem Early Learning Center, West Side Presbyterian, First Presbyterian School, the Cooperative Nursery School of Ridgewood, and the Montessori Learning Center

Local media

The village of Ridgewood is served by two weekly community newspapers, The Ridgewood News and the Ridgewood Suburban News, both of which are published by North Jersey Media Group. The daily newspaper for the region is The Record which is also published by North Jersey Media Group. The company's website,, has a Ridgewood town page that includes local coverage from all three of these papers. Patch Media provides Ridgewood with its own daily news website, which offers news, events, announcements and Local Voices.


2021-07-31 12 15 07 View north along New Jersey State Route 17 from the overpass for Bergen County Route 62 (Paramus Road) and Bergen County Route 75 (East Saddle River Road) in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey
Route 17 northbound in Ridgewood

Roads and highways

Entering Ridgewood, New Jersey along Ackerman Avenue
Entering Ridgewood along County Route 79

As of May 2010, the village had a total of 94.70 miles (152.40 km) of roadways, of which 79.79 miles (128.41 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.77 miles (22.16 km) by Bergen County, and 1.14 miles (1.83 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Major roads that pass through Ridgewood include New Jersey Route 17, Franklin Turnpike, County Route 84 (commonly known as East and West Ridgewood Avenue) and County Route 507 (Maple Avenue).

Public transportation

The Ridgewood train station is served by the NJ Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for all trains headed south toward Hoboken Terminal. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for Main Line trains headed toward Suffern and Port Jervis. NJ Transit trains on both the Bergen County and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, stopping at Secaucus Junction, for transfers to trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. Taxicabs are available at the train station; the taxi building is on the northbound platform.

NJ Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack) routes. Except for the 148 route, all the others stop at NJ Transit's Ridgewood Bus Terminal on Van Neste Square.

Short Line offers service along Route 17 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and down the East Side on Manhattan to 23rd Street.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Ridgewood, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Ridgewood include:

  • Jim Alexander (born 1935), documentary photographer, photojournalist and activist
  • Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911), poet and journalist
  • Joe Antonacci (born 1960), boxing ring announcer and emcee
  • David Baas (born 1981), offensive lineman who played for the New York Giants
  • Adam Badeau (1831–1895), Union Army brevet brigadier general and author
  • Robert T. Bakker (born 1945), paleontologist, whose research helped support the theory that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded
  • MC Paul Barman (born 1974), rapper
  • Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (1831–1919), British novelist
  • Guy Benson (born 1985), conservative talk radio personality who has been a Fox News contributor
  • Dale Berra (born 1956), former MLB player who primarily played as an infielder from 1977 to 1987 and is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra
  • Andy Blitz (born 1971), comedian, writer, producer and actor best known for his sketch comedy and writing work on the late-night talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Jeffrey Blitz, filmmaker who directed the 2002 documentary Spellbound and the 2007 film Rocket Science
  • Jim Bouton (1939–2019), former Major League Baseball pitcher who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four
  • Dave Butler (born 1987), former American football linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns
  • Phillip Bush (born 1961), classical pianist, with a career focusing primarily on chamber music and contemporary classical music
  • Brenda Buttner (1961–2017), senior business correspondent and host of Bulls & Bears on Fox News
  • John Chester Buttre (1821–1893), steel-plate engraver and lithographer, responsible for some 3,000 engraved portraits of American political, naval and military personalities
  • Martha Byrne (born 1969), actress who performed on Broadway as a child in Annie and as an adult in the role of Lily Walsh in As the World Turns
  • Peter Carlisle (born 1952), mayor of Honolulu
  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (born 1957), writer, art historian and curator who was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13)
  • Harlan Coben (born 1962), The New York Times best-selling author of Promise Me, Tell No One and No Second Chance
  • Tabatha Coffey (born 1967), contestant (and Fan Favorite winner) on season one of Bravo's Shear Genius and host of Tabatha's Salon Takeover
  • Leonard A. Cole (born 1933), dentist, political scientist and expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine
  • Jerry Coleman (1924–2014), former second baseman for the New York Yankees, baseball sportscaster
  • Kelly Conheeney (born 1991), soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL
  • Christopher J. Connors (born 1956), politician who represents the 9th district in the New Jersey Senate
  • Paul M. Cook (born 1924), founder and CEO of Raychem, a chemical manufacturing company that reached $2 billion in annual revenue
  • Martin Courtney (born 1985), musician, singer, member of American indie rock band Real Estate
  • Megan Crane (born c. 1973), novelist
  • Andy Daly (born 1971), actor, comedian, and writer best known for starring as Forrest MacNeil on the Comedy Central series Review
  • Toshiko D'Elia (born 1930), masters athletics long-distance runner
  • Meghan Daum (born 1970), author who writes for the Los Angeles Times
  • Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy
  • Todd Demsey (born 1972), professional golfer
  • Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. (1919–1996), member of the New Jersey Senate from 1968 to 1971 who sponsored the 1969 legislation that created the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission
  • Anne Donovan (1961-2018), three-time basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and three-time Olympic team member. Ranked #8 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures
  • Charles L. Drake (1924–1997), geologist who was professor of geology at Dartmouth College
  • Gerry Duggan (born 1974), comic book writer
  • Fred DuVal (born 1954), businessman, civic leader, and author who is vice president of Clean Energy Fuels and was the Democratic nominee in the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election
  • W. Cary Edwards (1944–2010), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 1986 to 1989
  • Niles Eldredge (born 1943), paleontologist
  • Jeff Feagles (born 1966), Punter for the National Football League New York Giants
  • Mike Ferguson (born 1970), politician who served as member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Jersey's 7th congressional district from 2001 to 2009
  • Josh Flitter (born 1994), child actor who appeared in Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective
  • Ray Forrest (1916–1999), pioneering TV announcer, host and news broadcaster from the early TV era
  • Varian Fry (1907–1967), journalist who helped save 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees from persecution and deportation in Vichy France during The Holocaust, most notably the French artist Marc Chagall
  • Louis Gambaccini (1931–2018), transportation official who served as general manager of the Port Authority Trans Hudson rail system and as New Jersey commissioner of transportation
  • Bill Geist (born 1945), correspondent on CBS News Sunday Morning
  • Arnold Gingrich (1903–1976), editor and co-founder of Esquire magazine
  • John P. Ginty (born 1965), financial data analyst and politician who was a candidate in 2006 for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate
  • Gina Glantz (born c. 1943), political strategist, campaign manager, field director, and consultant
  • Abraham Godwin (1724–1777), one of the first settlers of the area around Ridgewood
  • Abraham Godwin (1763–1835), brigadier general in the War of 1812, for whom Godwinville was named
  • Abraham Godwin Jr. (1791–1849), worked to name part of Franklin as Godwinville
  • Roger Curtis Green (1932–2009), archaeologist of South Pacific civilizations
  • Joe Harasymiak (born 1986), head coach for the Maine Black Bears football team
  • Elizabeth Hawes (1903–1971), clothing designer, outspoken critic of the fashion industry, and champion of ready to wear
  • Daniel Henninger (born 1945/46), The Wall Street Journal columnist
  • Jason Heyward (born 1989), outfielder for the Chicago Cubs
  • Sonny Igoe (1923–2012), jazz drummer
  • Cosmo Jarvis (born 1989), singer-songwriter
  • Frankie Jonas (born 2000), actor who was a voice actor in the film Ponyo and a recurring character in the television series Jonas
  • Margaret Juntwait (1957–2015), the voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts
  • Jay Kennedy (1956–2007), editor and writer who joined King Features Syndicate in 1988 as deputy comics editor and was named as editor-in-chief in 1997
  • Walter M. D. Kern (born 1937), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1978 to 1990, where he represented the 40th district
  • Grace Kim (born 1968), former professional tennis player
  • Peter S. Kim (born c. 1957), president of Merck Research Laboratories
  • Richard Kollmar (1910–1971), stage, radio, film and television actor, television personality and Broadway producer
  • Younghoe Koo (born 1994), NFL kicker who has played for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Bowie Kuhn (1926–2007), Commissioner of Baseball from 1969 to 1984
  • L.A. Beast (born 1984 as Kevin Strahle), competitive eater
  • Jeffrey M. Lacker (born 1955), president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Mike Laga (born 1960), Major League Baseball player from 1982 to 1990
  • John Lantigua (born 1947), journalist and crime novelist who has won the Pulitzer Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his investigative reporting on Latin American issues
  • Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), Tony Award-winning actor, current regular in TV series House
  • Cornelis Lievense (1890–1949), Dutch businessman who ran several import/export companies in the United States from the 1920s through the 1940s
  • Alfred Lutter (born 1962), actor and consultant best known for his performances in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Bad News Bears
  • Martha MacCallum (born 1964), news anchor on Fox News Channel
  • Herbert F. Maddalene (born 1932), architect who was a partner in the firm of Genovese & Maddalene
  • David Madden (born 1981), founder and executive director of both the National History Bee and the National History Bowl who was a 19-day champion on Jeopardy!
  • Paul Mara (born 1979), National Hockey League defenceman who has played for the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers
  • Marion Clyde McCarroll (1891–1977), writer and journalist who was the first woman issued a press pass by the New York Stock Exchange and also penned the "Advice for the Lovelorn, a nationally syndicated column, after she inherited it from Dorothy Dix
  • Thomas B. McGuire Jr. (1920–1945), the second-leading air ace in World War II, who was killed in action on January 7, 1945, and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. McGuire Air Force Base is named in his memory
  • Julia Meade (1925–2016), film and stage actress who was a frequent pitch person in live commercials in the early days of television in the 1950s, most notably on The Ed Sullivan Show
  • Michael Mercurio (born 1972), actor who has appeared in film, theatre, and television, often portraying psychologically disturbed characters
  • Matt Mondanile (born 1985), guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • Elisabeth Moore (1876–1959), tennis player who won the singles title at the U.S. Championships on four occasions and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971
  • Richard Muenz (born 1948), actor and baritone singer best known for his theatrical work
  • Frankie Muniz (born 1985), actor
  • Helen Nearing (1904–1995), author and advocate of simple living
  • Pete Nelson (born 1962), master treehouse builder, author and host of the Animal Planet television show Treehouse Masters
  • Kim Ng (born 1968), senior vice-president for baseball operations of Major League Baseball
  • Buddy Nielsen (born 1984), singer of the rock band Senses Fail
  • Tom Nolan, publisher of Golf World
  • Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor known for Dirt, 24, Desperate Housewives, and Big Little Lies
  • Helen O'Bannon (1939–1988), economist who served as the secretary of public welfare of Pennsylvania
  • John Joseph O'Hara (born 1946), auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
  • Patti O'Reilly (born 1968), former professional tennis player
  • Evanka Osmak (born 1980), sports anchor for Sportsnet
  • Richard and Joan Ostling (born 1940 and 1939–2009 respectively), co-authors of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise.
  • Nikki Phillips (born 1987), American-born Polish soccer defender and midfielder who has played with FC Kansas City in the NWSL and for the Poland national team
  • Jack Pitney (1963–2010), marketing executive with BMW as vice president of marketing, where he played a major role in convincing company leadership to go ahead with distribution of the MINI in the United States, despite concerns that car buyers there would not buy cars that small given the popularity of sport utility vehicles
  • Cassie Ramone (born 1986) and Katy Goodman of the indie rock band Vivian Girls
  • William Remington (1917–1954), Soviet spy convicted of perjury
  • Amanda Renee, romance novelist
  • Chico Resch (born 1948), hockey sportscaster and former NHL goalie who lived in the village when he played for the New Jersey Devils
  • Bobby Richardson (born 1935), former second baseman for the New York Yankees
  • Nelson Riddle (1921–1985), musician and arranger for various artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald
  • Beatrice Schroeder Rose (1922–2014), author, composer, harpist and teacher, who was the principal harpist of the Houston Symphony for 31 years
  • Eric S. Rosengren (born 1957), President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Marge Roukema (1929–2014), politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Henry Rowan (1923–2015), engineer and philanthropist, for whom Rowan University was renamed, after he made a $100 million donation to the school
  • Bob Sall (1908–1974), race car driver who drove in the 1935 Indianapolis 500 and was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Scottie Scheffler (born 1996), professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour
  • David Schenker (born 1968), diplomat who has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
  • Kieran Scott (born 1974), author of Private and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader
  • Bob Sebra (born 1961), MLB player for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Irving Selikoff (1915–1992), physician and medical researcher who in the 1960s established a link between the inhalation of asbestos particles and lung-related ailments, whose work is largely responsible for the current strict regulation of asbestos
  • Jordin Sparks (born 1989), American Idol winner, lived here as a child while her father played with the Giants
  • Phillippi Sparks (born 1969), former NFL cornerback who played most of his career with the New York Giants
  • Michael Springer (born 1979), former MLL player
  • Ali Stroker (born 1987), actress, singer and winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Ado Annie in "Oklahoma". She is the first actress who needs a wheelchair for mobility known to have appeared on a Broadway stage
  • Sub Urban (born 1999), singer, songwriter and producer best known for his song "Cradles"
  • Kyle Teel (born 2002) college baseball catcher for the Virginia Cavaliers.
  • Wayne Tippit (1932–2009), character actor who appeared in Melrose Place and lived in Ridgewood until 1990
  • Casper Van Dien (born 1968), actor, Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow. Van Dien Avenue is named for his great-great-great-grandfather
  • Don Van Natta Jr. (born 1964), journalist and writer who has been an investigative reporter for ESPN and had been an investigative correspondent at The New York Times, where he was a member of two teams that won Pulitzer Prizes
  • David Van Tieghem (born 1955), percussionist, composer and sound designer
  • Melinda Wagner (born 1957), composer, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in music
  • Ayelet Waldman (born 1964), Israeli-American novelist and essayist, who has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and four other novels
  • Bill Ward (1919–1998), cartoonist notable as a good girl artist and creator of the risqué comics character Torchy
  • Douglas Watt (1914–2009), theater critic for the Daily News
  • Bill Wielechowski (born 1967), member of the Alaska Senate, representing the J District since 2006
  • Brian Williams (born 1959), journalist
  • George Witte, poet and book editor
  • Michael Zegen (born 1979), actor best known for his role as Joel Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Points of interest

Warner Theater is a Bow Tie Cinema located on East Ridgewood Avenue.

See also

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