by the staff of The Ridgewood Blog
Ridgewood NJ, several Ridgewood police cars were observed rushing into the Hudson Street Parking Garage shortly before 10 PM on Wednesday night, and heading up the ramps to the top floor. Bystanders looking on from the sidewalk in front of Mt. Carmel wondered if there was a serious crime in progress, or worse yet, a distraught person threatening a jump from somewhere on the top floor.
Fortunately, there was no crime to speak of happening, nor was there a mentally imbalanced person threatening to harm themselves. There was, however, a pick-up football game taking place under the lights on the top floor.
The RHS Stadium, Stevens Field, Vets Field, and Maple Park are often illuminated in the evening, but flood waters from Hurricane Ida have rendered all of those fields unusable. So, what better place to play a quick pick-up game than the well illuminated and totally empty top floor of the Hudson Street Parking Garage. An ingenious idea for sure, with plenty of on-site parking available to boot!
The responding Ridgewood Police officers quickly and safely dispersed all football players and their fans.
We can all rest in peace now that the top floor of the parking garage is empty once again. But, just maybe, football and other sports might be played there for real in the not-too-distant future – can’t let that space sit idle forever, can we?