Finding Clean Water In Early Days Of Greater Ridgewood Area Wasn’t Easy: Our Neighborhood, The Way It Was

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As hard as it may be to imagine Ridgewood and surrounding neighborhoods as mostly farmland, it may be harder still to comprehend life in New York City without a clean, reliable water system.

The first residents of our community depended on fresh water ponds and streams flowing through the area as their primary source of water; those ponds disappeared long ago due to development. It wouldn’t be until the early 19th century that the area would have the network of pipelines, mains and faucets that we now take for granted. Continue Reading ›

Surviving & Thriving in Queens: One of Ridgewood’s Last German Butcher Shops Has Changed With The Neighborhood

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When Herbie Morscher’s daughter and the Archbishop Molloy High School softball team were invited to compete in a tournament in Italy, Morscher traveled to Europe with her — but couldn’t leave Ridgewood without one of his pork store’s signature products.

The steak burgers, a favorite at Morscher’s Pork Store on Catalpa Avenue, were a special request from his daughter. She begged him to bring burgers to cook at the tournament, so Morscher boarded the flight to Italy with a cooler bag as his carry-on, filled with 80 frozen patties. Continue Reading ›