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Bloomfield NJ

January 1, 2017 | By Vanessa Pollock

    Bloomfield NJ is an exciting town that is in transition.   Major development projects and revitalization is happening particularly in the South end of town by the Bloomfield and Watsessing train stations.  Bloomfield is an incredibly diverse community with one of the shortest commutes into the city of all the towns we serve. Bloomfield NJ is a wonderful alternative to Montclair if you have a lower price point and want lower taxes! 



    The commute into the city couldn’t be easier. Bloomfield and Watsessing are the two train stations in Bloomfield on the NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton line. You can be in the city in 28 minutes(even during non-commuter times). The bus is also an option for commuters. Check out the DeCamp website for information and schedules http://www.decamp.com/schedules_routes.asp. Bloomfield is situated right along the Garden Sate Parkway and has easy access to Route 3 and 280.  


    Bloomfield Schools

    Bloomfield High School : http://bhs.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/BloomfieldHigh

    Bloomfield Middle School :  http://bms.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Bloomfield_Middle_School

    Berkeley School : http://berkeley.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Berkeley_School   “I don’t agree with the ratings. I have a 7th grader in the middle school and a second grader at Berkeley. Berkeley has a low rating because of the diversity of the student population. Both of my kids are A+ students. Because of Dr. Carr, Berkeley is a much better school then when my son started 7+ years ago. I have no complaints with BMS and my son is almost finished with the 7th grade” ~Angelina Budhu(parent)

    Brookdale School :  http://brookdale.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Brookdale_School

    Carteret School : http://carteret.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Carteret_School

    Demarest School : http://demarest.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Demarest_School

    Fairview School : http://fairview.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Fairview__School

    Franklin School : http://franklin.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Franklin__School   “My child goes to Franklin School and is in the first grade. I can honestly say we are impressed with her teacher and the Principal of our school” ~Robert Goworek(parent)

    Oakview School :  http://oakview.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Oak_View_School

    Watsessing School : http://watsessing.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Watsessing_School “I have been a Bloomfield resident for 16 years and have 2 children in the schools. My daughter is 15 and attended Watsessing, Bloomfield Middle School, and is now a freshman at the high school. She has done quite well at all 3 schools and is an honor roll student. My son is in the first grade at Watsessing school and is also doing well”. ~Melissa C. Peterson(parent)

    Bridges Academy at Forest Glen : http://bridges.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/Bridges_Academy The Bridges Academy at Forest Glen is an annex of Bloomfield High School which serves as alternate placement for approximately 40 students. The mission of Bridges Academy at Forest Glen School is to meet the diverse educational, social, and emotional needs of students in grades 9 through 12. The program seeks to create an educational community in which students have the opportunity to achieve success in school. “I have a 24 year old that went only to the high school.  He was in the NHS and did very well. Graduated in 2007.  He went onto Penn State.  My daughter graduated in 2010 and is ready to graduate from Rutgers with a degree in linguistics and heading right to grad school.  The high school has quite a bit to offer. I also have a 7 year old in Brookdale. It’s a wonderful school with great teachers.  Our principal is fantastic….honestly love everything about it.  Finally, I have a 5 year old in the pre-k program at Watsessing. He’s been in it 3 years now. Can’t really say if Watsessing is a good school or not but the pre-k special Ed has been great for my son. I’ve had no problems getting information, getting feedback from teachers, etc.  I think I’ve covered a lot of ground in my 10 years in Bloomfield”! ~Tina Di Stefano Gallina(parent)

    Bloomfield College is an independent, 4 year college. Check out the website for more information http://www.bloomfield.edu


    • Restaurants

      Bloomfield has some wonderful restaurants. Like many other towns in the area most are BYOB. **indicates a full bar

      **The Orange Squirrel – New American – chef Francesco Palmieri prepares delicious food and his restaurant is well reviewed. Top 25 Restaurant in New Jersey Monthly 2012 http://www.theorangesquirrel.com

      **Yellow Plum – chef Lukic fuses global flavors with American classics – Really good food! http://www.yellowplumnj.com

      Mes Reves – French – terrific food in a lovely and modern setting http://www.mesrevesnj.com

      Anthony’s Cheesecake-amazing cheesecakes and desserts. Also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food here is great and has a loyal following. Very casual and somewhat small dining room. http://www.anthonyscheesecake.com

      Spice Thai – delicious Thai food. Rated 24 for Food in Zagat – http://spicethainj.com

      Casserole Bistro– eclectic menu serving American Traditional – Italian – Seafood – Spanish Basque. Very good food.   http://casserole-bistro.com

      Aki Japanese Cuisine – delicious sushi – http://www.akisushius.com

      Taqueria Autentica -artisanal tacos – http://taqueriaautentica.com One of the ten best restaurants in New Jersey for 2013?, Peter Genovese, Star Ledger/nj.com

      Binh Duong – Vietnamese – fresh, authentic and very popular

      Brookside Thai – a local favorite

      State Street Grill – An upscale Diner open 24 hours –http://www.statestreetgrill.com

      **Senorita’s Mexican Grill – popular restaurant http://www.senoritasmexicangrill.com/bloomfield/

      **Bloomfield Steak and Seafood – This family owned and operated restaurant is housed in THE OLDEST of the Pre-Revolutionary War homes in town.The owners state that they are a hybrid of Mid-West and Jersey Italian and with that, comes lots of personality. They have a banquet room for private functions. Outdoor patio. http://www.eatbeefgethooked.com/index.html

      El Matador Mexican Deli and Restaurant – a Mexican restaurant offering 100% authentic Mexican cuisine and home-style cooking. All food is fresh and never comes out of a can. Lots of praise from local review sites. http://www.elmatadormexicandeli.net

      Stamna Greek Tavern – http://www.stamnataverna.com – well reviewed and very popular


      Points of Interest/Things To Do

      Bloomfield Public Library – http://www.bplnj.org – A terrific resource for adults and children alike. Adults can attend book clubs, financial clubs and workshops, job search groups, computer tutoring, midday movies. For kids there is story times for babies, toddlers and a pre-K story and craft and movies. Check out the website for information and schedules

      Bloomfield College Westminster Arts Center(BCWAC) – http://arts.bloomfield.edu -a full season planned from September through June of Music, Dance, Theater, Family Fun and a variety of other innovative and exciting events

      Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra – http://www.bloomfieldsymphony.org

      Bloomfield Farmers Market – Bloomfield Ave @ State Street. July 11-Oct. 31 Thursdays 1-7  

      PARKS Brookdale Park – http://www.essex-countynj.org/p/index.php?section=parks/sites/br A 1 1/2-mile fitness course, a synthetic quarter-mile track, a football field, multiple soccer and softball fields, 11 tennis courts, an archery field and a formal rose garden with more than 100 species.

      Watsessing Park – http://www.essex-countynj.org/p/index.php?section=parks/sites/wa A 70 Acre Park with three playgrounds, football, soccer and softball fields, basketball courts and dog park

      Brookside Park – Gazebo, picnic benches, softball field, fire truck playground zone with swings and duck filled pond

      Pullaski Park – Lighted softball Diamond, basketball court, lighted tennis courts, sledding, tot-lot and hand ball courts

      Clark’s Pond South – Lighted Basketball Court, Three (3) lighted Tennis Courts, Tot-lot, Turf Softball Diamond and a 22 space parking lot.  North side consists of passive recreational area, with pond, which is stocked with trout in early spring.  


      Grocery Stores

      Super Stop and Shop – 8 Franklin St.

      Shop Rite – 1409 Broad St.


      Speciality Shops/Treats

      Garden State Yoga – http://www.gardenstateyoga.com – a wonderful studio with a devoted following

      J T Murdoch Shoes – http://jtmurdoch.com – A family owned business with friendly knowledgable staff!

      Gencarelli’s – http://gencarellisbakery.com – A well known bakery with lots of wonderful treats!

      Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery – Famous for being the place where the final scene of the Sopranos was filmed, Holsten’s is a Bloomfield institution that is a combination of an Old Fashion Ice Cream parlor, candy store and classic diner all rolled into one.

      Rita’s Italian Ice – http://www.ritasfranchises.com/stores/store.cfm/Bloomfield-07003/store/742 – Italian ice and custard