“I love seeing bands at the Wortendyke. Brings the past and present together in a really fun way.”
“Serene and sophisticated, but so relaxed. Like weekend brunch at The Ridge!”
“This feels like a small town—I always run into people I know at Demarest Farms.”
Established in 1894, Park Ridge is one of the Bergen County boroughs that share the Pascack Valley, where northern New Jersey borders New York State. This is a relaxed, upscale community that maintains a small-town atmosphere.
Park Ridge residents enjoy convenient access to New York City by rail, and to the Garden State Parkway and the New York Thruway, as well as plenty of nearby shopping and a diverse dining scene. Parks large and small are all around, offering hiking and biking trails, streams and lakes, sports fields, picnic areas, and the simple pleasures of fresh air and greenery.
Shopping in the area.
Independent shops are sprinkled throughout Park Ridge, including Cyclesport bike shop, Rugged Outfitters men’s clothing, Special Designs Jewelers, and Pies & Quiches LLC. Familiar store names can be found in the Park Ridge and Ridgemont shopping centers, Park Ave mall, THE FARM (The Shoppes at DePiero Farm), and Tice’s Corner Marketplace.
Park Ridge residents have a range of grocery options to choose from. Local favorites include Greater Organic Foods, B&M Meat Market, familiar New Jersey grocery and deli chain Krauszer’s Food Store, and, a bit farther away, Demarest Farms farmers’ market. Lidl is in town, with Wegmans and ShopRite of Hillsdale close by.
Bars and restaurants nearby.
Morning, noon, or night, there’s no shortage of places to eat and drink in Park Ridge. Locals speak highly of M&M Bagels and Cafe, Il Freno Espresso Bar, and the casual comfort of “The Ridge” (The Ridge Diner, a classic). Vying for top pizza place are Park Pizza, Marc’s Deli & Pizzeria, and Ridgemont Pizza & Restaurant.
The Park Steakhouse serves up its own dry-aged cuts; Pesto Italian Bistro offers refined fare; El Azteca Mexican Restaurant is the south-of-the-border choice; and Yuki Hana does sushi. Peppercorns Restaurant and Bar is a rustic setting for burgers and beer, while Davey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is a family-owned favorite. And for an elegant “supper club” experience, there’s Esty Street.
Community service opportunities.
Engaging with the surrounding neighborhood is a cornerstone of every Veris Residential community. The Tri-Boro Food Pantry (formerly the Pascack Food Center) accepts donations of food and funds. Social Service Association of Ridgewood & Vicinity is a nonprofit that has been “neighbors helping neighbors” for over 100 years. The Miller Foundation supports primary and secondary schools.
The Borough of Park Ridge is always looking for citizens to serve on various committees dealing with recycling, beautification, and other local concerns, and coordinates the Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And area places of worship sponsor frequent food and clothing drives.