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
Vice President, Field Operations
lhlewis@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2190
 

Heidy Lopez
Senior Program Director
hlopez@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2184
 

Keesha Sterling
Program Director
ksterling@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2197


Sara Rennert
Early Childhood Director
srennert@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2192
 


Zoraida Estremera
Business Manager
zestremeda@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2180 x4811

 

Quintin Bryant
Building Engineer
qbryant@ymcanyc.org
212-912-2180 x4815

 

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.