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Re: NY Post: L train almost eliminated?

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sun Feb 26 13:11:05 2012, in response to Re: NY Post: L train almost eliminated?, posted by Dupont Circle Station on Sun Feb 26 12:47:19 2012.

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You can be as snobby as you want but the deeds to the building my great-aunt lived in from 1911 until 1983, and 3 others in the block (that she and her husband bought between 1919 and 1927) all said Ridgewood.

Who's being "snobby"? I am telling you where it was bad, and where it was good. You claimed Ridgewood had hard times too, and that's not true.....if you were on the QUeens side of the border, there was barely a blip going on. It was once considered Ridgewood deep far into Brooklyn (the eons ago built "Ridgewood" Masonic temple is on Bushwick Ave and Gates), and at one time most of Ridgewood was even considered "Brooklyn", even though in Queens... My grandparents lived on Woodward Ave near Harman in the 30's, and they were considered "Brooklyn" (yes, we all know the whole post office was the reason for that).

But there's nothing "snobby" about it....the address you gave is deep inside Brooklyn already, by a few blocks, so it's no surprise that it "fell", as much of the Brooklyn side of the border did (see Edwards reason why). The Queens side of the border, which entails most of Ridgewood (and all of what is today considered "Ridgewood") never had the problems the Brooklyn side of the border did.

The city, however, couldn't make up its mind if their properties were in Brooklyn, Queens or even both at the same time.

It wasn't "the city", it was the post office which served Ridgewood out of the Brooklyn post office, not Queens. The original border was a diagonal line in roughly the same spot it zip zags through now, they changed it to the zig zag line because there were even homes that had a kitchen in Brooklyn, and Bedrooms in Queens, which didn't much make sense.

They also owned the big German bakery that used to be at Wyckoff & Stanhope from 1915 until the mid-1960s (where the hospital is now), and a smaller one on Onderdonck & Bleecker from the 30s to the 60s.

The first one is in Brooklyn, the second one in Queens. The neighborhood of the second one never had any problems. The area around the first one fell, as it was on the Brooklyn side of the border.
The address you gave was clearly on the Brooklyn side, and unfortunately the Brooklyn side fell. When people talk of Bushwick, that is contained in the blanket of "Bushwick". Ridgewood did not fall.




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