West Orange

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West Orange is a township in central Essex County, New Jersey, United States.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Newark Liberty International Airport is a 7.2 mile drive from West Orange. LaGuardia Airport is 18.8 miles from the township. Taking either route I-280 East or I-78 East are the most direct ways traveling to or from Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.

By car[edit]

West Orange is located in close proximity to Route 280, the Garden State Parkway, and the NJ Turnpike giving multiple options to get in and out of town.

By bus[edit]

New Jersey Mass Transit offers bus service in the township to Newark on the 21, 29, 71, 73 and 79 routes, with local service on the 97 route. DeCamp Bus Lines offers scheduled service between the town and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 66 route.

By train[edit]

The township offers a jitney service that operates on weekdays, providing transportation to the Orange and South Orange train stations the closest stations in relation to the township. New Jersey Mass Transit also offers scheduled train services that serve visitors and commuters in the township.

Get around[edit]

West Orange in total is 12.171 square miles in area. There are four general neighborhoods in the township.

Downtown West Orange and The Valley The most historic and tightly resided area is Downtown West Orange, which is located along the town's eastern boundary near the city of Orange and Montclair. Main Street, in this neighborhood, is where the Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located. The municipal building, police headquarters, and a branch post office are also on Main Street. The West Orange Public Library is located on Mount Pleasant Avenue in downtown West Orange, west of Main Street. Downtown West Orange has the most urban essence of the township's neighborhoods. The Valley is a up and coming arts district and a significant African American community.

The First Mountain West of downtown where three major roads that go through the town are located; Northfield Avenue, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, and Eagle Rock Avenue. This neighborhood is generally a suburban portion of the community. Houses in the area differentiate between historic style homes to renovated modernized homes. Located in between the first mountain and downtown West Orange is where one of America's first planned residential communities (established 1853), Llewellyn Park, is located. This neighborhood also showcases many views of the New York City skyline.

Pleasant Valley and Pleasantdale Just bordering the first mountain neighborhood lies the pleasant valley and pleasantdale neighborhoods, also suburban areas in the township. Golf courses and shopping centers are within this neighborhood. The pleasantdale neighborhood is known for being a notable Orthodox Jewish community. The town's public high school (West Orange High School) is also located in this neighborhood.

The Second Mountain The furthest west point of the township is where the second mountain neighborhood is located. A majority of the neighborhood is taken up by South Mountain Reservation. This area of West Orange is located on the border of surrounding towns Livingston and Millburn.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park - Located in Llewellyn Park this is where Thomas Edison lived during his prime as an inventor, and now serves as a museum.
  • Eagle Rock Reservation - which includes sweeping views over New Jersey towards New York city and a 9/11 memorial.
  • South Mountain Reservation - filled with walking paths, vistas, and natural beauty.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Turtle Back Zoo - Particularly good for small children and families.
  • Turtle Back Rock - The zoo was named after this local rock formation which resembles a turtle shell. Located off Walker Road, within South Mountain Reservation
  • Richard J. Codey Arena - Ice hockey and ice skating arena.
  • AMC Dine-In Theatre Essex Green 9 - Located in the Essex Green shopping center where you can see a movie, get a drink and have dinner at the same time.
  • Francis Byrne Golf Course - Located on Pleasant Valley Way is a well known golf course of the area.
  • 4Sixty6 - A club for events with a party area including a piano bar and lounge. Sushi and Steak is served on site. The venue is located at 466 Prospect Ave in West Orange (973) 474-9896.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Essex Green Shopping Center - West Orange does not have a town mall, however located in this shopping center are restaurants, a grocery store, and other consumer friendly businesses.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Highlawn Pavilion - A 4.5 star rated upscale restaurant located in Eagle Rock Reservation with a view of the New York City skyline while you eat or wait for your meal. Be aware there is a dress code to dine at Highlawn Pavilion.
  • The Manor - A 4.0 star rated upscale restaurant located on 111 Prospect Avenue in West Orange. New American cuisine is served with views of the New York Skyline accompanied by an outdoor bar. A dress code for customers is also enforced.
  • Kim's Sushi - An á la carte sushi and salad Japanese restaurant. The restaurant is BYOB and is located on Eagle Rock Avenue.
  • Primavera Restaurant - An upscale restaurant in Wilshire Grand Hotel that serves Italian dishes, and an appetizer menu at the bar.
  • Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria - Located on Pleasant Valley Way just down the road from West Orange High School is Fortissimo, which serves mainly Italian food and slices of pizza.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Pour House Pub & Grub - a small restaurant and bar located on Main Street in downtown West Orange.
  • SuzyQue's BBQ and Bar - a roadhouse eatery and bar serves mostly BBQ food and brings in live music performances on weekends.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Residence Inn-Marriot At The Manor, 107 Prospect Avenue, (973) 669-4700‎ a 4.0 star hotel
  • Courtyard West Orange - 8 Rooney Cir, (973) 669-4725 a 3.0 star hotel.
  • Residence Inn West Orange - 107 Prospect Ave, (973) 669-4700 a 3.0 star hotel.
  • Wilshire Grand Hotel - 350 Pleasant Valley Way, (973) 731-7007 a 3.0 star hotel.


Get out[edit]

New York City - New York City is only 13 mile west of New York City either go by car, bus, or train from West Orange.