Ridgewood, Queens, an Affordable Alternative

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Ridgewood, Queens, an Affordable Alternative

Rebecca Faye, 42, moved to Ridgewood, Queens, seven years ago from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she owns a hair salon, the Hello Beautiful Salon. In her nine years as a resident of Williamsburg, she had to move three times when her landlords sold the buildings she was living in, she said. “It got so busy and crazy with everyone buying everyone else out, I just decided to go.”

Ridgewood does not have as much “hustle and bustle as Williamsburg,” she said. “It’s a little bit more homey.”

“I like the convenience, the train, the grocery stores,” added Ms. Faye, who also noted that more galleries and cafes had opened in Ridgewood since she moved there.

She lives in a three-bedroom duplex with her 11-year-old daughter, paying $2,400 a month in rent. The location is central for both of them: a short drive both to her salon in Williamsburg and to her daughter’s school in Forest Hills, Queens.

“I tell everyone to come to Ridgewood; I always give my spiel,” she said. “It’s a good place to live.” […]