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Ridgewood Pedestrian Plaza Suspended for the Month of August

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Village Manager  Keith Kazmark  the pedestrian plaza in Ridgewood is being suspending for the month of August.
In a Facebook post Kazmark said , “With overwhelming support from our community, the Ridgewood Village Council brought back dining corrals, year-round outdoor dining and the pedestrian plaza this summer. Initially, the response to the pedestrian plaza was very good, with many people coming out to support it. Most importantly, it was well received by the community and our businesses.

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The Summer is here and there is no better time to enjoy all the Village of Ridgewood has to offer

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Ridgewood NJ, saying the Summer is here and there is no better time to enjoy all the Village has to offer than these next few weeks . Mayor Paul Vagianos offered a big  shout out to Nancy Bigos, Director of Parks and Recreation and her staff, who have worked hard to ensure that Graydon Pool, one of Ridgewood’s best amenities, is fully staffed with lifeguards for the first time since the pandemic.   We’re one of the only communities that still has a natural-fed pool, one that helps create fond summer memories for so many families.

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Multiple downtown Ridgewood parking spaces needlessly blocked off every Sunday through Friday through October 9

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Ridgewood NJ, we’d like to know the name of the Village employee who decided it was okay to block off nine revenue-generating, premium parking spaces every Sunday through Friday so that the vehicle stop barriers used when the pedestrian plaza is set up on Saturday could be kept nearby.

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Ridgewood Pedestrian Plaza Scaled Back to Saturdays Only

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Ridgewood NJ, at the Village Council meeting it was announced by the new Village Manager Keith Kazmark – The Pedestrian Plaza will be on Saturdays only through October 9.  No more Sundays effective Sunday, July 9.  “Scaled back” was how the statement was worded.

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Pedestrian Plaza in Ridgewood was Cancelled on Sunday Due to Inclement Weather

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Ridgewood NJ, the pedestrian plaza was cancelled on Sunday due to inclement weather . This means all the streets in the Central Business District (CBD) are wide open.  Which brings up an interesting point of contention. Merchants were told once the pedestrian plaza was set up it was there for the weekend , rain or shine. So what changed ?  Seems rumblings from  the merchants and many restaurants are that the pedestrian plaza has failed to bring in the business . Many of the social media boosters who said they would never shop in Ridgewood if there was no pedestrian  plaza , have never shopped in Ridgewood .Much of the Village Council like the social media boosters have abandoned the Village central business district for the Jersey shore.

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The Ridgewood YMCA’s Pedestrian Plaza 4th of July Weekend!

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Ridgewood NJ, during the Pedestrian Plaza, all of the streets from Walnut Street to Broad Street, along East Ridgewood Avenue, including the side streets of Oak Street, Chestnut Street, and Prospect Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic.  There will be activities, classes, children’s activities, carnival rides, bands, and performers throughout the Pedestrian Plaza on both days.  Many Eateries will have chairs and tables in the street, and several retail merchants will have merchandise for sale in the streets.  Parking is available in the Hudson Street Garage (on the corner of Broad Street and Hudson Street), in the Prospect Street lot, in the Chestnut Street lot, in the Walnut Street lot, and in the Cottage Place lot.  Come to shop, dine, and enjoy at the Pedestrian Plaza this season.

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The Weekend jam for Ridgewood! Here’s what’s goin’ on around the Wood !

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Ridgewood NJ, I know you’ve been waiting & here it is! The Weekend jam for Ridgewood! Here’s what’s goin’ on around the Wood. Look for individual posts for more info! Please comment if there’s anything I missed. See below for more on upcoming events!!

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“Pedestrian Plaza” in Ridgewood , Too Soon to Call it a Failure ?

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Ridgewood NJ, back in January Mayor Paul Vagianos immediately acted with the council’s support to reintroduce outdoor dining corrals and pedestrian plazas to the central business district.

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Grand Re-Opening of Apricot Lane Boutique in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Apricot Lane Boutique is inviting everyone to celebrate their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, June 10th, now located at 158 East Ridgewood Avenue. See you there! Shop and Received a Free Gift and Tote Bag!

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Grand Opening of the Pedestrian Plaza in Ridgewood’s Central Business District – June 3, 2023

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Ridgewood NJ, love it or hate it the Central Business District Pedestrian Plaza is back and will be held every Saturday and Sunday, from June 3rd through October 9th.  All of the streets from Walnut Street to Broad Street, along East Ridgewood Avenue, including the side streets of Oak Street, Chestnut Street, and Prospect Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic.

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June Kicks off the Summer Season in the Village of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the Pedestrian Plaza in the Village of Ridgewood’s Central Business District will be on Saturdays and Sundays from June 3-October 9, 2023 – Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from Walnut Street to Broad Street, along East Ridgewood Avenue. There will be music and entertainment in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square on Saturday night and Sunday. Each month will be culturally themed, and there will be special activities for children. Please plan to come and shop, dine, and enjoy the entertainment this summer.

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Tonight 6PM : The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Downtown for the Holidays and Christmas Tree Lighting

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Ridgewood NJ, December 2nd – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – East Ridgewood Avenue, from Maple Avenue to Broad Street – The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Downtown for the Holidays – Come to the East Side, the West Side, and all around the Central Business District for this family friendly annual event, where the streets are closed to vehicles on East Ridgewood Avenue, creating a pedestrian plaza from North Maple Avenue to Broad Street.

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FINAL WEEKEND FOR WELCOME TO RIDGEWOOD, PEDESTRIAN PLAZA

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Ridgewood NJ, the summer of 2021 is coming to an end and this is the final weekend for the Welcome to Ridgewood event which will run from September 3rd through September 6th.  Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday through 10:00 p.m. on Monday, the Central Business District from North Walnut Street to Broad Street will be closed to vehicular traffic along East Ridgewood Avenue, including the side streets of Oak Street, Prospect Street, and Chestnut Street, which will create a pedestrian plaza.  The retail businesses and outdoor dining in this area will be moved into the streets, and pedestrians will walk on the sidewalks. Come and shop at our many businesses and then stop and enjoy a delicious snack or meal at one of our many eateries.

As part of Welcome to Ridgewood, the final “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” event will be held on September 4th.  Come and participate in this fun event with your entire family.

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Rodent Issue Resurfaces in the Central Business District in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, the rat problem persists in the Central Business District . Once again sources are reporting a big rat problem behind Ridgewood coffee and apartments. Rats are not usually seen during the day unless disturbed from their protective harborage or because of intolerable competition from other rats. If rats are seen during the day that usually means a very large rodent population is nearby.

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