A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 23, 2013
Ridgite (inhabitant of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)

"Ridgite” is the name of an inhabitant of Bay Ridge, in the borough of Brooklyn. The name “Ridgite” has been cited in print since at least 1893. The full name of “Bay Ridgite” has been used less frequently than simply “Ridgite.” The Brooklyn Paper (Brooklyn, NY) uses the term “Ridgite” often in its stories.

An inhabitant of Bay Ridge is also called a “Bay Ridger.”


Wikipedia: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Bay Ridge is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, US It is bounded by Sunset Park on the north, Seventh Avenue and Dyker Heights on the east, The Narrows Strait, which partially houses the Belt Parkway, on the west and the Verrazano bridge on the south. While Fort Hamilton is often considered a separate neighborhood, it is part of Bay Ridge. Fort Hamilton and most of Bay Ridge share the ZIP code of 11209; the remainder is in 11220 (actually the Bay Ridge post office is in 11220). Bay Ridge is patrolled by the NYPD’s 68th Precinct. It is served by Engine 241, Engine 242, and Ladder 109 of the New York City Fire Department.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
7 February 1893, New York (NY) Press, “A City of Gas Lamps,” sec. 3, pg. 1, col. 3:
Mr. Fergueson’s home, was already supplied with mains, but Bay Ridge had none, so the Bay Ridgites resisted, and declared that they’d bear no share of the burden.

10 April 1922. The Jewish Daily News (New York, NY), “Aunt Ray’s Club,” pg. 10, col. 5:
I am
A Bay Ridgite,
MATTHEW R. COHEN
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Google Books
High Points in the Work of the High Schools of New York City
Volume 28
1946 (Google Books date may be incorrect—ed.)
Pg. 71:
It was highly gratifying, for example, to watch Charlie, always a reticent, rather taciturn student in the classroom being to unfold his petals in the warmth of a genial Bay Ridgite’s interest in him, and tell her animatedly of his class newspaper and its excellent editorial on brotherhood.

The Brooklyn Paper (NY)
June 24, 2002 / GO Brooklyn
TEAM SPIRIT
Ridge’s Bean Post Pub has loyal regulars ... and players
By Heather J. Wilson
(,,,)
They are long-time Bay Ridgites and a few former bartenders - in essence, Bean Post historians.

THe Brooklyn Paper (NY)
January 20, 2007 / Bay Ridge–Bensonhurst / Perspective / Yellow Hooker
Hey, Bay Ridge: Fight for a real lifesaver!
By Matthew Lysiak
(...)
Perhaps I should’ve noticed that the place was never that crowded, or that my fellow Ridgites were reluctant to plunk down $13.25 for veal parmigiana.

The Brooklyn Paper (NY)
March 15, 2008 / Brooklyn news / Bay Ridge
Ridgites complain: too many cellphones!
By Ben Muessig
Protestors in Bay Ridge are angry about their cellphones — but they’re not screaming for better service. In fact, they want less coverage!

Courier Life’s Brooklyn Daily
April 25, 2013 / News / Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge residents demand NYPD surveillance
By Will Bredderman
(...)
Golden spokesman John Quaglione didn’t have an official date either, but promised that fed-up Ridgites won’t have to wait much longer.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Thursday, May 23, 2013 • Permalink