Ridgewood is easily accessible from Manhattan by train. There are two ways to do it. THe first is to take a train from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction (a connecting station) and then connect onto a train to Ridgewood. Ridgewood is on the Bergen County Line and the Main Line.
The second way to Reach Ridgewood by train is to take the PATH train (it is acutally subway line) from Manhattan (stations are located at 33rd Street, 14th Street, 9th Street and Christopher Street) to Hoboken, NJ. At the Hoboken, buy a train ticket and take the Bergen County Line or the Main Line train to Ridgewood.
Ridgewood is located in Bergen County in Northern New Jersey, about 25 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City). It is located approximately 2 miles west of the Garden State Parkway (exit 166) and approximately 1 mile west of Route 17.
From Manhattan, the easiest way to reach Ridgewood is to leave Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. About 1/2 mile after the bridge, exit onto Route 4 heading west. After about 7-9 miles, you then exit onto Route 17 North. Take Route 17 north to Ridgewood Avenue. Exit onto Ridgewood Avenue heading west. Ridgewood Avenue will eventually take you straight into downtown Ridgewood.
If you are coming to the area via the Garden State Parkway, then use Exit 166 (Ridgewood Avenue). Get onto Ridgewood Avenue heading west. Keep following Ridgewood Avenue for about 2-3 miles until you eventually reach downtown Ridgewood.
From Ridgewood's train station, it's a quick trip - less than an hour to New York City for work or play.