A little bit of history
Before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, Bloomfield was home to the Yantecaw, a sub tribe of the Lenni-Lenape Indians. This changed once English settlers founded Newark in 1666 and expanded, settling in the southern end of town while Dutch settlers set up farms in what we now know as Brookdale.
In 1796 Old First Church, which is now Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, was formed. It named the parish in honor of General Joseph Bloomfield, a Revolutionary War hero and the eventual governor of New Jersey.
In 1797, the Green was bought for a mere $200. Used as a training ground for George Washington’s army, the Green is now part of a 15-block historic district that includes the 11-acre campus of Bloomfield College and our downtown area.
Where is Bloomfield?
Nestled between Montclair, Glen Ridge, Belleville and Nutley in New Jersey’s Essex County, Bloomfield is just 11 miles outside of New York City. Eleven miles, as in closer than a half marathon route. Perfect for commuters to Manhattan and for urban transplants who don’t want to stray too far from their beloved city.
What are the neighbors like?
The population of Bloomfield is just over 47,000. There are over 18,000 households with an average household size of 2.5. About half the population is married. 80% of the residents are in managerial and administrative professions. The average household income is $77,963.
By Train: On weekdays NJ transit (www.njtransit.com) can take you straight to Penn Station or to Hoboken on the Montclair-Boonton line. No trains on weekends. Bloomfield also has a shuttle bus that picks up commuters during the week and transports them to the newly renovated Bloomfield Station located at Lackawanna Plaza (see www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/content/bloomfield-shuttle-service for more info and schedules).
By Bus: Daily bus service can bring you to the Port Authority in Manhattan. (www.njtransit.com or www.decamp.com).
By Car: Bloomfield is bisected by the Garden State Parkway, which can take you to the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln or Holland Tunnels and Newark Airport.
Bloomfield is home to two county parks, Brookdale Park on Watchung Avenue and Watsessing Park on Bloomfield Avenue and Conger Street, (which make up more than 190 acres of land). You can do everything from lounging in the sunshine to playing softball, running on the track, football, archery, tennis or biking.
With lots of playgrounds, an amazing rose garden, and weekly summer concerts in the evenings (www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/content/summer-concert-series-brookside-park), there are always outdoor activities for you to enjoy in Bloomfield. For more information about area parks go to: www.essexcountynj.org/p.
The Bloomfield school system is made up of eight elementary schools, one middle school and Bloomfield High School. 85% of graduating seniors go on to continuing education. There are also four private schools within town limits and a number of them in nearby towns.
351 Bloomfield Avenue, (973) 680-8540
Bloomfield High, 9-12
160 Broad Street, (973) 680-8600
Bloomfield Middle, 7-8
60 Huck Road, (973) 680-8620
1230 Broad Street, (973) 680-8520
158 Grove Street, (973) 680-8580
465 Broughton Avenue, (973) 680-8510
376 Berkeley Avenue (973) 680-8550
Forest Glen, 7-12 (special needs)
280 Davey Street, (973) 680-8686
85 Curtis Street, (973) 680-8560
Oak View, K-6
150 Garrabrant Avenue, (973) 680-8590
71 Prospect Street, (973) 680-8570
467 Franklin Street, (973) 748-9000, www.bloomfield.edu
For more information on Bloomfield’s public schools, visit their website at www.bloomfield.k12.nj.us.