Bloomfield is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the township population was 47,315.
A historic community, first settled in the 1600s, Bloomfield has evolved through the years from a textile center into a manufacturing hub for diverse industries. Existing property redevelopment is revitalizing the community and ensuring resources for economic expansion.
In addition to quiet residential neighborhoods along tree-lined streets, Bloomfield provides easy access to the special events in the region’s cultural centers. Oktoberfest is particularly popular celebration, drawing crowds reaching 100,000 to enjoy the ethnic food and family entertainment. Outdoor recreation are abundant with 70 acres of municipal parks, 140 acres of county parks, and several golf courses. Transportation options include the Garden State Parkway, bus service to New York City, and train service to Hoboken.
Bloomfield was incorporated as a township from portions of Newark Township by the New Jersey Legislature in 1812. Bloomfield was incorporated as a town in 1900. In July 1981, residents voted to adopt the township form.
The Bloomfield Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are eight elementary schools serving kindergarten through sixth grade–
— Berkeley, Brookdale, Carteret, Demarest, Fairview, Franklin, Oak View, Watsessing,
— Catholic school–Saint Thomas the Apostle
— Bloomfield Middle School for grades 7 and 8,
— Bloomfield High School for grades 9-12.
— Both the middle school and high school have police assigned to school.
— Forest Glen School provides individualized programs and services to special needs students in grades 7-12.
— Bloomfield Tech High School is a regional public high school that offers occupational and academic instruction for students in Essex County, as part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
— Bloomfield College, a four-year private liberal arts college founded in 1868, is located in downtown Bloomfield near the town green.
The major New Jersey highway artery that serves Bloomfield is the Garden State Parkway. Its Essex toll plaza is located in the city, as well as two service areas.
Bloomfield is served by the New Jersey Transit Montclair-Boonton Line to Hoboken Terminal or on Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Secaucus Junction.
— Bloomfield train station is located off Bloomfield Avenue in the downtown area.
— Watsessing Avenue rail station sits at the corner of Watsessing Avenue and Orange Street, and is located below ground.
— Grove Street station on the Newark City Subway provides service to Newark Penn Station.
Bloomfield is 7.5 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth, and 28.8 miles from LaGuardia Airport in Flushing, Queens.
Bloomfield restaurants include–
Stamna Greek Taverna, 1045 Broad St. (bet. Johnson & Watchung Aves.)
Orange Squirrel, 412 Bloomfield Ave. (bet. Hill & Orange Sts.)
Bar Cara, 1099 Broad St. (bet. Highfield Rd. & Watchung Ave.)
National Register of Historic Places in Bloomfield include–
– Bloomfield Green Historic District
– Bloomfield Station
– Interstate Hosiery Mills, Inc. Mill Building
– Oakes Estate (Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, Oakeside Mansion)
Points of interest in Bloomfield include–
– Glendale Cemetery
– Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery (filming location of the final episode of The Sopranos).
– Brookdale Park
– Watsessing Park
Also, the Thomas Cadmus House, located at 223 Ashland Avenue (aka 190 Washington Street), was the 1763 homestead of Revolutionary War hero Lt. Col. Thomas Cadmus. Among Bloomfield’s most famous residences, George Washington reportedly visited here in 1778. Built on timberland previously owned by his grandfather, Johannes Cadmus; the home was rebuilt about 1915, using the original foundation and the original stones.
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