The Westfield area provides convenient access to a number of public transportation modes so that no matter where you work, commuting will not be a problem. Westfield is located only thirteen miles from Newark International Airport and twenty two miles from New York City.
NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line provides rail service to Newark with connecting service to New York Penn Station via NJ Transit or to lower Manhattan via the PATH trains. NJ Transit also provides bus service to New York City. Amtrak trains can also be accessed at the Metropark/Iselin station approximately 20 minutes away.
Westfield is also conveniently located only a short driving distance away from the Garden State Parkway, Routes I-78 and I-287, Routes 1/9, and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Entertainment and Activities
With Westfield’s Downtown area, you do not need to go far to find great dining, shopping and other entertainment venues. Westfield and the downtown area feature nearly 50 dining locations with cuisine ranging from American, Thai, Italian, Mexican, French and more. Whether you are looking to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a relaxing dinner at Teresa’s, Westfield has something for every palate. Downtown Westfield also offers a variety of over 130 shops and stores including Ann Taylor, The Gap, Coach, Bluemercury Spa and Funk and Standard.
This area also has a number of entertainment options including the town’s own local movie theater, The Rialto, located downtown, and in season, outdoor music concerts and performances. Westfield is also just a short driving distance from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Prudential Center, which recently opened in October 2007, both of which are located in Newark.
If outdoor activities and sports recreation is more your taste, Westfield can satisfy that need as well. The Westfield Area Y (which first opened in 1929), the Nomahegan Swim Club and the Echo Lake Golf Course are just a few of the places you can go for recreation and relaxation. There are also a number of parks in the area including Echo Lake Park, Brightwood Park, Tamaques Reservation, Clark Memorial Park and Mindowaskin Park.
In addition, Westfield is convenient to a number of interesting tourist attractions:
Miller-Cory House Museum
Located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, this home was built in 1740 and exists today as a “living museum” that serves as an example of what an average New Jersey home looked like in the mid-Eighteenth Century.
Liberty Hall Museum
Located in Union, NJ, this history museum was the former governor Kean’s residence.
Children’s Museum of New Jersey
Located in Paramus, NJ, this museum provides children with a hands-on learning experience and a variety of exhibits.
Bowcraft Amusement Park
Located on Route 22 in nearby Scotch Plains, NJ. This amusement park features a variety of rides and games for children and families to enjoy.
Liberty Science Center
Located in Jersey City, NJ, this museum has numerous interactive science exhibits themed around invention, environment and health, with hands-on exhibits, shows and events for young and old alike.
Westfield provides the perfect blend of a quiet, suburban neighborhood and a lively downtown area. It is an ideal location in which to work and live. With the towns’ numerous features and opportunities, there is something to make everyone feel at home.
The Gold Star Streets of Westfield, NJ.
By coincidence a number of the streets I considered buying on, and the one where we found our happy home, bore gold stars on their signs, signifying that renaming. A little investigation revealed that these were among the 18 streets renamed in honor of the supreme sacrifice by Westfield’s young men who served and died in WW1. There were three Clarks lost in the war, so their first names were used to give individual honors to the several heroic Clarks who served.
Archbold Place honors Private Nelson Archbold. Brown Ave salutes Private George Brown. Cacciola Place commemorates Private Domenico Cacciola . Cauefield Place honors Private Bernard Cauefield. Coleman Place salutes Lieutenant Coleman Clark. Cowperthwaite Place commemorates Private Harold Cowperthwaite. Dunham Ave honors Private Ernest Dunham. Hanford Place salutes Sgt Robert Hanford. Hort St. commemorates Lieutenant Nathaniel Hort. Hyslip Ave honors Private. Edward Hyslip. Palsted Ave salutes Corporal Axel Palsted. Raymond St. commemorates Private John Raymond Clark. Reese Place recalls Private Walter Reese. Salter Place honors Acting Captain Salter Clark. Saunders Ave commemorates Lieutenant Stuart Saunders. Stevens Ave salutes Sergeant Henry Stevens. Tice Place recalls Corporal Raymond Tice. Wallberg Ave commemorates Private Martin Wallberg.
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