Commuters Rejoice! 

I hope you’re sitting down for this… After a summer of Penn Station repairs and train delays and cancelations, I actually have some good news about New Jersey Transit! Their 2018 budget was approved today and it includes the addition of 113 self-propelled, multi-level, electric rail cars that will finally replace the old single-level “Arrow” cars. You know the ones I mean.…

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Google Maps NJ Hiking Trails

Well, this is pretty cool. Passaic County officials and the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference announced a partnership with Google maps to provide “street views” of approximately 2,000 miles of hiking trails throughout the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford. The 360 degree cameras, which Google provided, have recorded about 85 miles of trails so far and will give hikers a preview of their route before they venture out.…

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Cranford Theater Gets an Upgrade!

When moving out of the city, something I was curious about was access to movies of the non-blockbuster variety. You can see the likes of Wonder Woman and Despicable Me just about every three miles around here, but trying to find a movies like The Beguiled or Beatriz at Dinner, for example, can be something of a challenge. Luckily, right here in downtown Cranford, we have the Digiplex.…

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Summer Movie Nights

One of the things I loved about summer in the city were all the free movies in the park. Well, I am pleased to report that there are lots of movie nights in New Jersey too! Union County answers the call for summer night films with Family Fun & Flix. UC Fit Kids kicks off the evenings at 7:30pm with healthy activities for children and then once the sun goes down the movie begins!…

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Walkable Downtowns of NJ

The commuter towns of NJ are always desirable in terms easy access to the city. But now more than ever residents are looking to these downtown communities to serve as more than just transportation hubs. They are looking for walkable downtowns that have restaurants, local boutiques, coffee shops, and yoga studios for convenience and cultural appeal.

This WNYC story explains how these neighborhoods are in high demand and that in order for small towns to survive should focus on developing walkable town centers.

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Festival

For the past 20 summers Westfield, NJ has hosted the Sweet Sounds Downtown Festival. On Tuesday nights, shoppers, diners, and residents are treated to free, outdoor music at five locations throughout town. The concerts take place weekly from 7pm to 9pm during July and August. (Raindates are Wednesday nights.) Performances range from traditional jazz to contemporary bands. Full line up and performance locations can be found here.

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That Suburban “Sweet Spot”

One of the biggest considerations for people when they are looking to move to a new town is the quality of the public schools. It was certainly one of our big concerns when we decided leave Brooklyn. There is often a correlation between the cost of real estate and how good the schools are.  Finding that “sweet spot,” as this New York Times article calls it, where you can get the best house for your money and still get your kids a quality education can be tricky.

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Cranford’s Rahway River and Canoe Club

One of the first things that made me want to move to Cranford was the Rahway River and it’s Canoe Club. We drove in to check out the town one summer weekend circa 2012.  And there is nothing more charming than driving down tree lined streets of old colonial homes along a sweet riverbank and coming across an adorable canoe club.

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