The Ridgewood YMCA has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood since it opened its doors in 1965. Our state-of-the-art facility houses much more than top-of-the-line fitness equipment and classes for kids, seniors, and families—it's home to a community of New Yorkers committed to helping you reach your goals.

Leadership Staff

La-Vena Francis
Executive Director

 

Sebastien Augustin
Membership Director

 

Alexandra Reyes
Youth & Family Director

 

Dolores Rappa
Education Director

 

Owen Salmon
Business Manager

 

Kiara Ross
Associate Healthy Lifestyles Director

 

Margaret Harrypaulsingh
Membership Coordinator

 

Kemuel Codougan
Building Engineer

 

Lucy Parks
Program Coordinator/Communications Assistant

Community Partners

Banfi Vintners
1111 Cedar Swamp Rd
Glen Head, NY 11545
banfivintners.com

 

Bridge and Tunnel Brewery
15-35 Decatur St.
bridgeandtunnelbrewery.com

 

California Pizza Kitchen
71-03 80th Street, Suite 7101

 

Capital One Bank
67-09 Fresh Pond Road
capitalone.com

 

Chiquita’s
6059 Myrtle Ave

 

Corato Pizza II
6091 Myrtle Ave
coratopizzaii.com

 

Con Edison
coned.com

 

Courtside Lounge
6908 Myrtle Ave

 

CS Care Group/Green One Q, Corp
40-15 150th St
Flushing, NY 11354
cscaregroup.com

 

Fajitas Sunrise
59-24 Myrtle Ave
718-418-0967

 

Food Universe Supermarket
66-82 Fresh Pond Road

 

Gotham City Lounge
1293 Myrtle Ave (Brooklyn)

 

Lava Grille Diner
65-17 Fresh Pond Road

 

Little Bird Chocolates
25 Fairchild Ave #200
Plainview, NY 11803

 

Martinello’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
675 Onderdonk Ave
martinellospizza.com

 

Miley Cakez Pastries and Desserts
518-322-5220

 

Myrtle Avenue Bar

 

Norma’s Corner Shoppe
59-02 Catalpa Ave
normascornershoppe.com

 

Ridgewood Moose Lodge
7215 Grand Ave, Maspeth

 

Ridgewood Savings Bank
71-02 Forest Avenue

 

Sally Roots
195 Wyckoff Ave
sallyroots.com

 

Second Star Salon
62-17 Catalpa Ave

 

Super Pollo
865 Woodward Avenue

 

Sweet Jane’s
64-02 68th Ave

 

TD Bank
tdbank.com

 

Werba Realty LLC
werbarealty.com

 

YMCA of the USA

 

Zum Stammtisch Restaurant
69-46 Myrtle Ave
zumstammtisch.com

 

Mike & Maria Deli
6204 68th Ave
718-386-1988

 

Queens Wines and Liquors
59-03 71st Ave
Corner of Myrtle Ave and Forest Ave
718-821-1500

History

The Ridgewood YMCA building was constructed in 1931 and served as the Queens County Magistrate's Courthouse. At the time, the brick and limestone-trimmed building was the first courthouse erected in Queens since 1898. The courthouse shuttered its doors in 1962 and the YMCA of Greater New York purchased the building from the city in 1965 for $50,000. The building is the only one of three courthouses built during that time that is still being used (one in Elmhurst has been demolished; another in Rockaway is abandoned). The Ridgewood YMCA features over 21,000 square feet of state-of-the-art program space, completely modernized with top-of-the-line fitness equipment, health & fitness classes, gym, multipurpose rooms, and new locker rooms.

Ridgewood is the birthplace of several notables including magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926), actor James Cagney (1899 - 1986), New York Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1917 - 2007), poet and critic Dan Schneider (1965 -), and actress Rosie Perez (1964 - ). Ridgewood has also served as the backdrop for a number of popular motion pictures and television shows including The French Connection (1971), The Wanderers (1979), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), and episodes of HBO's The Sopranos (2006).

Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall's allocation of $1 million in capital funding led a total of $2.64 million in public contributions toward the Ridgewood YMCA renovation project, which was completed in February 2011.