“It had a small-town feel, which I never experienced because I always lived in a big city,” she said. “There was no sense of community where I’m from. Here, you can sit on a stoop and everyone knows your name.”
The Houston, Texas, native is most known for running the Ridgewood Social blog, where residents can find local events and activities in their own neighborhood.
She hosted the group's first event in June 2012 and 14 people showed up. Now, the blog has more than 6,000 followers on Facebook and many others on Instagram.
“We’re really big on making sure everyone knows we need to keep the neighborhood authentic,” Feldman said. “It helps bring awareness to local businesses already in the neighborhood instead of ‘the next big thing.’ It helps people maintain relationships in the neighborhood.”
In addition to running Ridgewood Social, Feldman also started the artisan Ridgewood Market at Gottscheer Hall. It’s become a venue where artists and designers sell their merchandise to locals.
Feldman is member of Community Board 5. She said she joined because she wanted to offer a different perspective to the community.
“I felt like I could bring different opinions to the table,” she said. “I also just wanted to make sure that just because the young people are in the neighborhood, we’re not here to destroy it. I wanted to make sure we had a voice.”
Though she’s not a Ridgewood or Queens native like many of the other board members, Feldman said everyone’s been respectful. She plans to be more vocal on the community board and continue creating a community feel within Ridgewood using her platform.
“I would love to keep doing Ridgewood Social as long as I’m in the neighborhood, as long as it makes people happy, and as long as it tries to reach the whole community,” she said.