Last Thursday’s episode of “Chasing New Jersey” aired in the midst of all the hullabaloo of Super Bowl XLVIII, so if you missed this episode, it spotlights one town, not too far from MetLife Stadium known as the Village of Ridgewood in Bergen County. If you missed it, check it out here.
Host Bill Spadea and chaser Ronica Cleary met with Mayor Paul Aronsohn at an iconic bank building in the heart of the town. Although the bank is unoccupied, Mayor Aronsohn told them, the town was experiencing a resurgence. Although the event in reality took place in New Jersey, many New Jersey politicians put a negative spin on the Super Bowl; citing the emphasis given to New York. Mayor Aronsohn actually embraced the opportunity to have visitors come to his town of 25,000 residents, and hailed the event as a boost to the economy.
Ronica Cleary explained to Bill Spadea that the real estate in Ridgewood happens to be a perfect trifecta. It has easy transportation to New York City with an awesome train station. It is the home of an amazing high school in a beautiful building, and the downtown is abundant with shops and restaurants. One New Jersey diner, the Daily Treat Restaurant, was recommended by mostly everyone she encountered. When Ronica spoke with Susan Luciano of Weichert Realtors, she described how desirable it is to live in Ridgewood, but there is a scarcity of homes for sale, because people love living there. As they toured the town, Ronica got to see the beautiful homes with some overlooking the New York skyline. She even visited Carlo’s Bakery, a new addition to New Jersey guy, the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro’s growing empire of bakeries.
So now that the Super Bowl hype is over, make a visit to Ridgewood, check out this quaint village only 20 miles from New York City, spend the day in historic downtown, and you may love it too, as seen on this episode of “Chasing New Jersey.”
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