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  • Towns & Schools Archives - New Jersey Monthly
    Mark Zuckerberg pledged 100 million to help fix Newark s schools A new book explains why the reform movement went awry Read More Loosen Up Reassessing NJ s Strict Liquor Laws Proposed bill would reform Jersey s liquor laws allowing more restaurants to serve alcohol Read More 4 More Can t Miss Downtowns September 1 2015 These gems are small but see worthy Read More Top Towns Methodology How we determined our Top Towns list Read More Who s Hot Who s Not What towns rose in the ranks in our Top Towns list Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Haddonfield Locally owned businesses and a well preserved historic district make visiting Haddonfield a pleasant endeavor Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Somerville With more than 20 new businesses setting up shop in the past year downtown Somerville is on the way to becoming a great shopping and dining destination Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Lambertville With its abundant antique shops lovingly preserved Victorian homes and friendly locals Lambertville harkens back to a time gone by Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Ridgewood With elegant architecture and high end restaurants all within walking distance Ridgewood is both urbane and sophisticated Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Princeton Fine dining exquisite art and an exceptional university are just some of the features that make Princeton s downtown so vibrant Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Collingswood A blossoming arts community paired with a burgeoning restaurant scene make Collingswood a hip South Jersey enclave Read More Our Favorite Downtowns Red Bank With two live entertainment venues and over 100 dining locations Red Bank has evolved into a vibrant social and cultural center Read More Page 1 of 19 1 2 3 4 5 10 Last 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why

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  • Florham Park is No. 1 On Our List of Top Towns
    close knit community Florham Park s sense of community is tied to the borough s rural beginnings says Patrick Dolan professor of psychology at Drew University and a member of the Florham Park Historic Preservation Commission Settled in the late 17th century the area that would become Florham Park was originally known for its agricultural products and well made brooms it was often referred to as Broomtown By the late 1800s the stretch from Madison to Morris Township began to attract dozens of wealthy bankers and industrialists who built seasonal homes here Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything Among those millionaire families were the Twomblys Hamilton McKown Twombly and his wife Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly the favorite granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt In 1890 the Twomblys settled on a 900 acre farm most of which was in what was then a section of Chatham Township called Afton Concerned about high taxes the Twomblys and another large landowner Dr Leslie D Ward petitioned the state to create a new borough Florence and Hamilton fused their first names together to form Florham and combined it with Park from Dr Ward s estate known as Brooklake Park Florham Park was officially incorporated in 1899 After Dr Ward s death in 1912 his 1 000 acre estate was sold to Howard Cole who in 1922 sold 450 acres to the first housing developer in town whose homes attracted many new residents In the post World War II era returning G I s spurred another population boom Florham Park s home stock is a mix of 19th century style colonials 1940s Cape Cods and 1950s split levels The median home sales price in 2014 was 555 500 Colonials are the best sellers with bedrooms up away from the living area says Palianto Most basements are finished and property sizes are really nice to top it off Higher end areas include the Summit Woods development and Country Club Lane adjacent to the Brooklake Country Club Florham on the Fairways is a luxury condo community other clusters of condos are found throughout the town including some 55 and over communities Growth continues The Goddard School a national chain of private preschools is building a facility at the Park Avenue business campus within the next 18 months Another business campus the Green at Florham Park where the Jets are located is adding a 350 000 square foot 225 room extended stay facility to be built by Korman Communities The Green is also getting 425 new high end homes and condominiums on approximately 100 acres As recently as the late 1960s Florham Park had just one stoplight one diner one hardware store and a small Shop Rite That changed in the 1970s when large corporations like the Automatic Switch Company still headquartered in the borough and Esso began making Florham Park home Esso now Exxon has since departed Today s town center mainly a cluster of four strip malls built over the past 60 years was

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Maplewood
    beer on tap At Arturo s you ll find Italian eats such as delectable thin crust pies and a line out the door For fine dining in the village the choice is Lorena s a perennial on our Top 25 restaurants list Coda Kitchen offers red curry mussel pots Korean short rib tacos and a lively bar scene There s Wild Ginger for Thai food Bill and Harry s for Chinese Mt Fuji Sushi for Japanese and the Maplewood Deli for sandwiches panini and more WHERE TO SHOP The many independently owned shops include the Tenth Muse a drool worthy gallery cum boutique filled with fine and designer jewelry paintings and wood glass ceramic and metal accessories and Perch where you ll find an eclectic mix of home accessories wall art women s clothing jewelry and gift items Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything DON T MISS The annual sidewalk sales as well as Rent Party a periodic live music series that raises funds for hunger relief Art Walk is a juried fine arts and crafts show this year September 27 In December the annual Dickens Village event transforms tiny Ricalton Square into a village of miniature houses outfitted with traditional furnishings and holiday decorations In the summer the town stages Maplewoodstock a two day celebration of music food and fun at Memorial Park steps from downtown THEN AGAIN The town is working to assure that redevelopment of the old downtown post office doesn t disrupt the village s charm There are no photos with those IDs or post 114106 does not have any attached images Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Morristown
    t been able to do so much on foot since I was on a university campus says Kutsch Morristown has a proud history of caring for the needy Downtown includes numerous soup kitchens and the historic Market Street Mission shelter established in 1889 WHERE TO EAT Restaurants have helped revitalize Morristown Two side by side staples are Roots Steakhouse and Urban Table owned by the Morris County based Harvest Restaurant Group The hottest ticket is Jockey Hollow Bar Kitchen JHBK a NJM Top 25 restaurant featuring daily 1 oyster happy hours For breakfast grab a quiche at the Artist Baker and for dessert try housemade ice cream and gelato at the Creamery For a late snack it s worth the wait at Rauls Empanadas Town for their savory or sweet deep fried treats Recommended Reading There s Work to be Done Legislation in 2016 WHERE TO SHOP The four story Century 21 is a rare downtown department store and a discount one at that Women s boutiques include Willow Street also in Summit Boutique 161 and the Dain Shoppe a lingerie store DON T MISS Mayo PAC formerly the Community Theater brings in big name musicians comedians and theatrical productions It s flanked by terrific New American food JHBK on the right the new South Pine on the left THEN AGAIN Street parking fills up fast but there are several convenient parking garages Click to enlarge images The Morristown Green Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Asbury Park
    a fun and funky vibe with an indie movie house plenty of cafés bars and restaurants and a rock n roll heritage second to none WHERE TO EAT The Brickwall Tavern is widely credited with firing up the Cookman Avenue dining scene Its developer the Smith group has since opened the popular Porta for Neapolitan pizza Pascal Sabine for fine French food and Happiness Bar Grill for Asian treats Moonstruck has reliable Continental fare and a front porch for cocktails Taka offers a unique spin on sushi and a stunning bar with floor to ceiling windows Asbury Festhalle Biergarten a European style beer hall has communal tables and a roof deck Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos was such a hit on the boardwalk that the owners opened a larger space downtown Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato WHERE TO SHOP All the shops are locally owned and eclectic Go to Sweet Joey s for custom made jeans Hot Sand offers glass blowing demonstrations Robert Legere Design Center and Salt Design Co provide unique housewares and design inspiration Foolish Ginger and Interwoven are modern clothing boutiques The Antique Emporium is a multi dealer shop DON T MISS Indie films at the ShowRoom Cookie Butter ice cream at Cookman Creamery or the freshly fried doughnuts at Purple Glaze a few streets off the main drag but worth the walk THEN AGAIN The long blocks between the boardwalk and downtown remain a wasteland of undeveloped lots Read more Jersey Living Jersey Shore Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Collingswood
    to a mid 20th century soda fountain has almost 20 grilled cheese choices quiz night Mondays and pajama nights for kids Indeblue is upscale Indian Sagami the go to sushi place Italian options include the highly regarded Sapori and NJM Top 25 Zeppoli as well as Kitchen Consigliere whose chef owner Angelo Lutz did a little hard time for being a bookie but is now on the straight and narrow at the stove All restaurants are BYO WHERE TO SHOP Make your own pottery at All Fired Up Evaluate your collection at Philly Stamp Coin Look for one of a kind furniture at the Painted Cottage Indulge in the cannolis at DiBartolo s Bakery The Saturday morning farmers market under the PATCO rail tracks is the most extensive in the area Recommended Reading Net Gains The History of Pound Fishing DON T MISS The Factory a onetime movie theater turned into a studio space for artists and craftspeople Watch the artisans work enroll in a class or get caffeinated at the complex s Revolution Coffee Roasters THEN AGAIN Downtown is essentially a two mile stretch of Haddon Avenue It makes for a long walk Click to enlarge images The Pop Shop is a throwback to mid 20th century soda fountains Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly http southjerseyist wordpress com thegreengrass As a Collingswood resident I can assure you that picture is of Haddonfield Also long walk Why not pleasant bike ride http njmonthly com Ken Schlager Thanks for pointing that out We changed it to a shot of the Pop Shop in Collingswood 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Jersey City
    almost like the kind of growth spurt where your voice is changing and you get this uncomfortable moustache starting to come in he explains Every other street there s some construction happening There s so much new stuff nobody can keep up with it That is not to say Jersey City is a Wild West of urban development Mayor Steve Fulop and the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District are keeping an eye on things Fulop says franchises and chain stores have been capped at 30 percent of total businesses The intention To highlight the great restaurants and artistic businesses we re known for Fulop says The revived downtown area where dining and shopping options seem to increase daily radiates out from the Grove Street PATH station and east to the historic Hudson riverfront neighborhood Paulus Hook WHERE TO EAT Restaurants are both the drivers and the evidence of JC s downtown development Hot spots like Talde and Porta are jammed on weekends Barcade packs in the local craft beer lovers Buzzworthy newcomers include Raval for tapas and fancy cocktails Razza for artisanal pizza LITM and Light Horse Tavern for New American and Orale for Mexican Battello on the riverfront has bold Italian dishes and seafood to match the views of Manhattan Recommended Reading Court Street School Fortified Students for Anything WHERE TO SHOP E Tittlemouse Co and Another Man s Treasure for vintage clothing Tia s Place for women s clothing and home accessories Word for books and Iris Records for vinyl DON T MISS Mana Contemporary the massive new art center is a bus or cab ride west of downtown in the Heights Stay tuned for news of the first concerts coming to White Eagle Hall a new venue with space for 800 booked by Todd Abramson a former owner of Maxwell s in Hoboken THEN AGAIN Fulop stresses that public transportation is the way to get around in Jersey City Dancing Tony rides a moped because parking is never easy The city has all the attendant downsides of urban bustle from vagrants to overindulgers For instance I used to associate people throwing up on my feet at 2 am with Williamsburg says Dancing Tony Sometimes you see that here now Click to enlarge images A pedestrian plaza enlivens Newark Avenue between Grove and Erie streets Mana Contemporary Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar

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  • Our Favorite Downtowns: Lambertville
    19th century train station by the canal Full Moon is a daytime go to Newcomer Liberty Hall Pizza dishes up authentic Neapolitan pies Middle Eastern fare is the specialty at Marhaba and El Tule draws with both Mexican and Peruvian dishes Lambertville Trading Company and Buck s Ice Cream Espresso Bar are standouts among a wealth of coffee and ice cream shops WHERE TO SHOP Antiques shops outnumber even the coffee shops The People s Store alone houses 40 dealers inside a landmark building while America Antiques Design touts progressive decorative arts Art galleries and boutiques specializing in new and vintage clothing also abound Distinctive home furnishings and accessories are the domain of Blue Raccoon and the Urban Archaeologist Recommended Reading Red Ripe and Ready The New Jersey Tomato DON T MISS For overnighters Lambertville House has an historic boutique hotel vibe while the Inn at Lambertville Station s recently renovated rooms come with breathtaking river views January s frigid temps are relieved by the Lambertville New Hope Winter Festival which features a chili cook off ice sculptures gallery crawl and concert Shad Fest Lambertville s signature weekend of food and family fun takes place in late April Just south of downtown the Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market runs Wednesdays and weekends THEN AGAIN The weekend crush especially in leaf peeping season and the overflow of tourists from New Hope across the river in Pennsylvania can try anyone s patience Click to enlarge images The Full Moon Cafe in Lambertville hosts dinner only on the night of a full moon Read more Jersey Living Jersey Travel Towns Schools articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed

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