Bloomfield Township... A Great Place To Live, Work and Own a Business!
Bloomfield - just to the east of Montclair - has been gaining in popularity, largely due to the 30-minute direct train line to Penn Station. It is home to about 45,000 residents and is somewhat more urban than Montclair or Glen Ridge with homes a little closer together. Bloomfield does come with a lower price tag and taxes than its neighbors. Prices in Bloomfield have dropped in the downturn, creating opportunities for buyers - a fact that has been reflected in the steady rate of sales. According to a New York Times article, Bloomfield “has long been known as a working-class town where families stay for generations. Although it has become more diverse, it remains charming in an old-fashioned kind of way.”
Bloomfield (which once also included the areas of Montclair and Glen Ridge) seceded from Newark in 1812, and over the course of the 19th century, it became the borough it is today. As a result of its long history, it offers many beautiful old houses and buildings, as well as post war construction. A recently approved plan is underway to bring new residential development to the business district around Bloomfield Avenue, with the goal of creating a more mixed-use and thriving downtown. For those more interested in the quiet suburban life, there are plenty of picture-perfect suburban streets and good neighborhood schools. The town is seated at the edge of the wonderful 121-acre Brookdale Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and home to playgrounds, fields, walking paths, and several summer concerts, including appearances by the New York Metropolitan Opera and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and very popular fireworks on the Fourth of July.
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Bloomfield offers K-12 Education. Bloomfield, New Jersey is a community that values education and learning, and the entire community has a responsibility to support programs that reflect those values and beliefs. Bloomfield Public School district is a K-12 school district with an enrollment of approximately 6,400 students. There are eight elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school and one alternative high school setting. The staff comprises of approximately 750 teaching and support personnel. The Bloomfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age national origin, religion or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Read more...
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The Bloomfield Recreation Department is to provide its community with diverse, year-round youth, adult, senior and family orientated programs utilizing their extraordinary parks and recreation facilities. These affordable activities are to be well-supervised, age-appropriate and conducted at convenient times and locations all while enhancing the physical, social and cultural growth of all residents.
The Bloomfield Center Alliance is a member of Downtown New Jersey, an organization representing (and advocating on behalf of) the state downtowns and business improvement districts (BIDs). Recently, they posted an article on their website that highlights the many things happening in Bloomfield Center contributing to its continuing transformation. Business Directory and Info...
As of May 2010, the township had a total of 95.39 miles (153.52 km) of roadways, of which 77.39 miles (124.55 km) were maintained by the municipality, 13.77 miles (22.16 km) by Essex County and 4.23 miles (6.81 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
The major New Jersey highway artery that serves Bloomfield is the Garden State Parkway, the longest road in the state. It has four interchanges in the township. Interchanges 148 in the south of Bloomfield and 151 in the north are complete interchanges, while 149 and 150 are partials. The Parkway's Essex toll plaza is southbound just south of interchange 150 in the township. There are two service areas on the Parkway in Bloomfield, one for northbound and one southbound. Troop E of the New Jersey State Police, which patrols the full length of the Garden State Parkway, has a station in Bloomfield at northbound milepost 153.
South Bloomfield is served by two stations of the NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton Line to Hoboken Terminal or to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Secaucus Junction. About 55% of the weekday trains terminate in Penn Station via Midtown Direct. On weekends the line terminates in Hoboken. The Bloomfield train station is located off of Bloomfield Avenue in the downtown area. The Watsessing Avenue station is at the corner of Watsessing Avenue and Orange Street, and is located below ground.
Bloomfield used to be served by other passenger rail lines. The Rowe Street station was served by the Boonton Line until September 2002, when it was closed as part of the addition of Midtown Direct service to the township. The Walnut Street station, on the same line, was closed in 1953 when the Garden State Parkway was built through it.
The Grove Street station on the Newark City Subway line of the Newark Light Rail at the south end of Bloomfield provides service to Newark Penn Station, created as part of an extension to Belleville and Bloomfield that opened in 2002. This station was part of the Orange Branch of the New York & Greenwood Lake Line of the Erie Railroad with service to Jersey City which last saw passenger service in 1955. Freight service was discontinued in 2010 by Norfolk Southern with the loss of the last remaining shipper Hartz Mountain.
NJ Transit bus service is available to and from Newark on the 11, 27, 28, 29, 34, 72, 90, 92, 93 and 94 routes, with local service on the 709 bus line. In October 2009, the Go Bus 28 route was introduced, offering service nearly all day from Bloomfield Train Station to Newark Liberty International Airport.