Overview

Glen RidgeApproximately 7,500 residents occupy this 1.3 square mile borough just east of Montclair. Glen Ridge is known for its old town charm, with more than 70% of its houses having been built before 1939. Gas lamps have become a defining characteristic of Glen Ridge, with over 600 lining the borough’s leafy streets. Glen Ridge was one of the first communities to utilize a professional town planner. As a by-product of that planning, older portions of the borough possess a museum quality with elements of late Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Glen Ridge has no commercial district, residents can take the short drive over to Montclair to both dine and shop.

History

Glen Ridge traces its beginning to 1666 when 64 Connecticut families led by Robert Treat bought land from Native Americans and named it New Ark to reflect a covenant to worship freely without persecution. Glen Ridge was a section “on the hill” composed mostly of farms and woodlands. With the arrival of the railroad in 1856, Glen Ridge began its transition to a suburban residential community. Stately homes slowly replaced orchards and wooded fields.

Schools

The Glen Ridge Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are Linden Avenue School (grades PreK-2), Forest Avenue School (PreK-2), Ridgewood Avenue School (3-6) and Glen Ridge High School (7-12).

Glen Ridge High School’s standardized test scores exceed both the state and national averages. The graduates from the Class of 2010 had 91.4% go on to study at four-year colleges. The school was the 4th-ranked public high school in New Jersey in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s 2010 ranking of the state’s top public high schools.

The Commute

Commuters can take New Jersey Transit trains from the Glen Ridge train station, which provides service to Penn Station in New York and to Hoboken Terminal via the Montclair-Boonton Line. DeCamp Bus Lines run to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Municipal Link

Municipal Website