Maplewood NJ

January 1, 2017 | By Vanessa Pollock


Maplewood was originally developed as a weekend town for Newark residents and still maintains something of a country-home aesthetic. The small downtown is quaint, and the residences are predominantly twenties clapboard or brick Colonials, although there are also a handful of condo developments.

This wonderful town is a diverse and family-friendly community. The township has a downtown area known as “the village,” with a movie theater, several upscale and mid-scale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent café, a toy store and an independent bookstore.  With so much to offer, it was no surprise to locals that Maplewood won New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Downtown Showdown in 2015, with the editor’s noting the community’s “myriad boutiques, art galleries and notable restaurants”.

Maplewood counts among its residents a large number of theater professionals working in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, owing to the town’s convenient rail access and relatively short commute via train into Manhattan. In 2010, 32 of these actors and technicians formed their own repertory theater company and named it Midtown Direct Rep, after the New Jersey Transit line on which they all commuted.


Transportation & Commuting from Maplewood, NJ to NYC

town of Maplewood, New Jersey Train Station
Maplewood is less than 20 miles from Manhattan and is convenient to all means of transportation such as buses, train, and highways. There is an excellent direct Maplewood to NYC train service. The M&E Line train takes only 35 minutes to reach Penn Station.  Check out NJ Transit for train schedules.

Map of Maplewood NJ

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Maplewood, NJ Education

town of Maplewood, New Jersey Words BookstoreMaplewood schools are part of the unified South Orange-Maplewood School District, together with the neighborhood community of South Orange. There are 6 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one combined high school (with 2013-2014 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics):

  • Clinton Elementary School (K-5, 506 students)
  • Jefferson Elementary School (3-5, 327 students)
  • Marshall Elementary School (K-2, 511 students)
  • Charter School Seth Boyden Elementary School (K-5, 537 students)
  • South Mountain Elementary (2-5) / South Mountain Elementary Annex (K-1; 619 students combined)
  • Tuscan Elementary School (K-5, 618 students)
  • Maplewood Middle School (738 students) and South Orange Middle School (711 students) for grades 6-8.
  • The combined district features one public high school, Columbia High School, with 1,858 students.

South Orange-Maplewood School District Vision: The South Orange-Maplewood School District will be the top-performing diverse suburban school district in the nation. Our Mission: To prepare each and every student, regardless of demographic or socioeconomic background, for postsecondary educational success, and to educate all students to be responsible and productive members of the global society at large.

Our Favorite Maplewood Restaurants

town of Maplewood, New Jersey St. James Gate Pub

  • Arturo’s – The best meatballs in town. There is a 4 or 6 course tasting nights on Tuesday and Saturday nights are to die for and it is BYOB.  They use local produce but Italian wheat in their homemade bread¡­ it is ridiculous. -VP
  • Fuji Sushi -Used to be Sushi Samurai, but I hear it still brings the goods.
  • St James Gate Pub – the only place to drink a pint AND be okay with the kids tagging along.  Sit by the fireplace and be sure to order the skinny fries.
  • Highland Place/Crane’s- You haven’t lived until you have the smoked tomato soup – it is unreal.  Try it with some delicious cheese with bread and you’ll be in heaven.  Take home the guacamole and chips for a snack later.
  • CODA – the best bar in town and great food too.  Either for date night or family dinner – its a great night out.
  • Village Burger – awesome Kids meals and burgers.  Old fashioned burger joint, with mod interior design.
  • Village Trattoria – I am in LOVE with the bruschetta slice – its arugala, tomatoes, garlic, basil and mozzarella, like a big bruschetta all toasted up.  The kids meals and pasta are perfect – or get a whole pie for the family and enjoy the casual atmosphere.

Our Favorite Grocery Stores in Maplewood

  • Kings:  the smallest store in the chain, but great for a run-in.  Love having this in town¡­ small and user friendly.
  • Whole Foods Market:  Technically in Union, this big store is right on the border of Maplewood, Millburn and Union Twp.  Wonderful in every way, except for the prices.
  • Trader Joes: Near by on Millburn Ave, Millburn
  • Target: Also near by on Springfield Ave, Union

Our Favorite Shops in Maplewood

  • NO. 165:  Maplewood Boutique & gift Shop
  • Perch Home:  Modern and Shabby Home goods, gifts, jewerly, ceramics (Featured in Oprah)
  • Shed: cool, hip home goods and design elements
  • Alchemy Hour: young and cool clothing and furniture with a surfer meets Brooklyn feel
  • the Maplewood Barber: old school barber – wait your turn and get a great buzz cut… or do the girls bob and bangs



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