Glen Rock NJ
Glen Rock a borough in Bergen County with a small-town feel with easy access to New York City. The borough was voted among best places to live in Bergen County and in the top 20 best places to live in New Jersey.
Glen Rock is a walking town, though if you’d like to move a little quicker, there are two train lines and a bus line. Parents settle here for the quality school system. Its high school was ranked in top 3 of best high schools list in New Jersey. This safe and friendly town offers a newcomer’s club and mom’s club, and plenty of parks and quiet residential streets.
Bergen County NJ
Glen Rock is approximately 15 miles from The George Washington Bridge. It occupies less than three square miles and has just under 12,000 residents. The town is bordered by Fair Lawn, Ridgewood, Paramus, and Hawthorne. Glen Rock has a diverse community, with a thriving Jewish Community Center, a Blue Ribbon winning elementary school: Academy of Our Lady. This borough was the first in Bergen County to vote the Hindu holiday of Diwali as an annual school holiday, honoring their commitment to accommodating the needs of other cultures in the community.
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For the Kids
The Glen Rock Recreation department hosts several annual events for kids, including baseball parades, Lacrosse Day, December holiday celebrations and lightings, a Halloween parade with in-town trick-or-treating. The Glen Rock library has activities for toddlers, grade schoolers, and teens. Take your little one to their mommy-and-me book club, or drop your teen off for crafting, STEM, or literacy programs. Kids can participate in year round athletics such as soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, and flag football. Or head inside to one of the two elementary school dance programs for tiny dancers up to fifth grade.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
In the warmer months, residents flock to the pool club to relax and swim or just let the kids play in the baby pool. Kids love the slide and diving board, and can work on their skills by taking town-sponsored swimming lessons. The town parks offer places to play sports like roller hockey, bocce, and all the traditional field and court sports, run around at the four school playgrounds, sail model boats, or even go fishing. Diamond Brook Park has 15 miles of wooded trails. The Thielke Arboretum nature center is an amazing place to get lost in the woods. It boasts acres of wooded areas and programs like Nature Sprouts for kids, Nature Nerd Night, bird-watching, and yoga.
Food & Drink
Glen Rock NJ & Surrounding Area
Top 10 Restaurants
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$ . Chicken Wings
$$ . Chocolatiers & Shops
$$ . Japanese
$$ . Mexican
$ . Bagels
$$ . Vegan
$ . Halal
$$ . Pizza
Much of Glen Rock’s shopping can be done on Rock Road. You can find independent and chain pharmacies, nail salons such as Fei Fei Nails, an Irish store, The Creative Den which hosts artisans from across the country, jewelry stores, a sweet shop, The Curious Reader independent book store, and other staples such as dry cleaning, banking, a liquor store, and children’s tutoring servies. Merve’s Kitchen and Bakery is a great coffee shop as well as host to many pop-up shops. It’s a great place to find that perfect gift from a cool vendor.
Marc’s Cheesecake offers great desserts and homemade ice cream.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Residents like to unwind at Painting With a Twist, an art studio that encourages a bottle of red or white to share while you receive painting instruction from their fun and friendly resident artists. Color & Whim Studio is a local artist shop and creative space that offers specialized studio art classes for every age from Mommy & Me to adult. Porch Light Studio, Stage, & Schools features performance art classes for youth and college internships in musical theatre. Kids can even get one-on-one attention during private lessons in acting, voice, and instrument training.
Glen Rock was incorporated as a borough in 1894 using the land from Saddle River and Ridgewood Townships. It gets its name its location: the borough was settled in a small valley/glen formed around a 570-ton boulder that sits on Rock Road. The boulder was believed to originate in Peekskill New York and was carried 20 miles by a glacier 15,000 years ago.