Crooklyn? No, Quooklyn!27

Posted by Deirdre // 09-29-2014


Did you happen to see this piece in the Observer on Ridgewood, Queens, “aka Quooklyn”? Whhhaaaat?! Please tell me this is not being actually uttered out of anyone’s mouth. Have others heard this horrible (totally came from a Real Estate Broker) moniker?

Ridgewood’s “Architectural Eye Candy”

I’ve never been to Ridgewood, but we mentioned the hood in this piece a ways back, spurred by a NY Times article on somewhat far-flung neighborhoods ‘artists are flocking to’ (always a relative term with the Times). They’ve since written more, including the inevitable Brooklyn to Queens migration and seemed to have started with this Living In from 2011 — oh, if only we’d bought then! I’d love to hear more about Ridgewood’s schools and what life is like there if you have a family. It seems the Daily News is enamored with it too, claiming it’s the next hot hood, whatever that means.

With so many being priced out of Brooklyn (it’s only a matter of time for us renters) we may need to hop on the M and have a look.


3 Responses

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  2. moi says:
    September 30th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    “Quooklyn” didn’t originate with that Observer piece but in a review of Houdini Kitchen in Ridgewood in the NY Times & has been used sarcastically by many since then.

    • Deirdre says:
      September 30th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Ha. That’s rich. But the fact that it is now being used in an Observer headline – facetiously or not – means that dolts like me will think it’s a thing. And worse than dolts like me are the ones who are truly looking for “the next big thing” and will only go there if it has a catchy name. I remember living in Carroll Gardens in early aughts when someone created the term BoCoCa for the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill and I almost spit out my coffee from the Fall Cafe. It still lives years later (though Fall Cafe is long gone).

      Whatever, I guess. Nolita doesn’t bother me, and that didn’t exist 20 years ago. And Dumbo too. But let’s hope people just call it Ridgewood. I guess that’s what I would want if I lived there.