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Livingston NJ

Livingston is a township in Essex County. With almost 30,000 residents, Livingston occupies about 14 square miles just south of I-280 and is bordered by South Orange, Short Hills, Chatham, East Hanover, and Roseland. Livingston is accessible to New York City by express bus or train via the South Orange or Chatham train stations.


The town of Livingston is a well-connected residential township with lots of shopping and cultural activities. Residents enjoy easy access to the city by car, bus, or nearby train. The Livingston Mall provides shopping and convenience.


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Livingston offers large lots of land close to all the amenities former city dwellers hold dear. Locals rave about the school district, and while they don’t have a train station in town, they don’t mind being just a quick drive from the mass transit grid. The community comes together several times a year at town-sponsored events like a Fourth of July celebration, outdoor summer concerts, a Food Truck Festival, a Memorial Day Parade, and more.

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For the Kids

There is lots for kids to do in Livingston. The town’s several acres of parks contain 5 excellent playgrounds, including Grand Terrace Playground, Little People’s Park, and Little Sports Court. The Livingston Skate Park is open from 9am to dusk most days and accommodates skate boarding, inline skating, and BMX biking. The Livingston Library hosts programs for all ages, including Mommy-and-Me story times, book clubs for early readers, and a teen zone. The Little Gym of Livingston has movement classes for toddlers and gymnastics programs for school-age kids. The Do-Re-Mi School of Music & The Arts provides instruction in art, chess, several musical instruments, music history, math, singing, and Russian language. Or just stop by the children’s play area in the Livingston Mall to unwind from a busy day of shopping.


Livingston is home to several parks with amenities and green spaces. The Livingston Nature Preserve is a 10-acre protected area inside Memorial Park. Avid hikers can take to the Prospect Park Hiking Trails or flex your muscles at the East Park Fitness Trail, a 1 1/2-mile trail with 30 exercise stations. The Mervyn V.T. Haines Community Pool is a huge complex with a lap pool, a children’s wading pool, snack bar, water slide, areas for lounging, and hosts swim classes and events. For year-round fun, Livingston has three town community centers with programming and sports fields or courts for all ages. Residents enjoy dance, basketball, wrestling, senior programming, and adult and child sports leagues.

Food & Drink

Livingston NJ & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

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  • Blaze Pizza

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The Livingston Mall is a huge complex of national brands such as Sears, Lord & Taylor, LOFT Outlet, GAP, Old Navy, Macy’s, H&M, Barnes & Noble, and many more. The Livingston Town Center is host to several dining and shopping hot spots, such as Chocolate Works, a chocolate emporium where you can customize a gift or host a party. Or just stop in for a bite to eat at Pizza Enoteca, Hakata Ramen, the Ritz Diner, or 88 Cafe.


The Livingston Arts Association holds classes and art shows for the community. The Livingston Theatre Company is a Rutgers-affiliated performance group that holds open auditions for college students and hosts theater performances. They produce three musicals per year and is completely run by undergraduate students. The Pucci Performing Arts Center features kids and adults dance and yoga classes, including summer theatre camp, a dance team, and yoga retreats. The Livingston Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1960 and holds several performances a year.


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In 1699, the land called Horseneck Tract, which contains the current area of Livingston and eight other municipalities was purchased from the Lenni Lenape tribe. William Livingston was an aristocrat who owned a large chunk of land in the south western corner of town. The first school was erected in 1783, and in 1813 the township was officially incorporated.


The New Jersey Ballet is a major ballet company based in Livingston. This internationally-recognized company has toured in Asia, Europe, and North America. Under it’s wing is the New Jersey School of Ballet, a serious training program for all ages.