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New Providence NJ

The borough of New Providence, NJ is a unique blend of the old and the new. A residential, from city to community with every facility for modern living, it retains its traditional atmosphere of tranquil village life while providing a welcome respite for thousands of daily city commuters.


New Providence is known for its beautiful residential neighborhoods, exceptional school system, and wonderful recreation facilities. Home to several Fortune 500 companies, it also boasts a vibrant business community, where you’ll find friendly store owners and outstanding customer service.


Union County NJ


Nestled in the Watchung Mountains, New Providence is home to 12,000 residents within 3.6 square miles in northwestern Union County, NJ as well as parks, recreational facilities, shopping areas and outstanding schools. Strategically located in the heart of Union County, it is served by the NJ Transit bus and Gladstone train line making it desirable for outbound and inbound commuters. Because of its size, there is a strong sense of community that is welcoming to newcomers and with many local events throughout the year, it is easy to get to know the town and meet the people. The Newcomers Club will introduce you to other newcomers and neighbors with organized activities and events like coffee breaks and play groups.

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Schools in New Providence NJ

For the Kids

The New Providence Recreation Department offers many activities and classes for the whole family. The New Providence Memorial library supports the local community by offering many free activities for all ages, from after-school programs to music classes for pre-school aged children. Throughout the year there are wonderful community events and parades for people of all ages to participate and enjoy, such as the Downtown Street Fair, Independence Day festivities, Trick or Treating and Scarecrow Contest, and Holiday Festival in November.


The New Providence Recreation Department and many other non-profit organizations enable residents of all ages the ability to participate in leisure and health-related programs. New Providence has numerous playing fields to include baseball, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and tennis, as well as a Community Pool, as well as several private swim and tennis clubs in the area. For nature lovers, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a great place to visit with formal gardens and woodlands on its 12.5 acres site and is a New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Nature classes and seasonal events are available for both children and adults. If you are looking for a nature retreat, explore the nearby Watchung Reservation’s 2000+-acre preserve, including 6 miles of hiking trails, and the Trailside Nature and Science Center.

Food & Drink

New Providence NJ & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

  • Avenue Deli

  • 56 Reviews

  • Phone: +19084646766

  • $  Delis

  • Moe's Bistro

  • 75 Reviews

  • Phone: +19088404540

  • $$$$  Mediterranean

  • Bagel Cafe

  • 93 Reviews

  • Phone: +19082637180

  • $  Bagels

  • Fan Bistro

  • 147 Reviews

  • Phone: +19088981818

  • $$  Chinese

  • Smashburger

  • 106 Reviews

  • Phone: +19082860100

  • $  Burgers

  • Kawa Ramen

  • 12 Reviews

  • Phone: +19086657789

  • $$  Noodles

  • Starbucks

  • 32 Reviews

  • Phone: +19084640624

  • $$  Coffee & Tea


For a little retail therapy, downtown New Providence offers unique local mom and pop favorites. For that perfect gift, check out TMC’s Boutique. Colorado Snow and Skate offers all sorts of sportswear and Adams Fine Clothing offers custom menswear and tuxedos.


In the evening, New Providence offers a plethora of diverse dining options. Moe’s, Providence Bar and Kitchen, and Coppola Ristorante offer excellent casual dining options. Untied Brewery offers several homemade tasty brews. On select summer nights, New Providence offers Summer Concert series for your entertainment. Or sit outside and enjoy ice cream from Zita’s Homemade Ice Cream, or a coffee and baked goods from Tables for Two.




The written history of New Providence begins in 1664 when James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, purchased the land that became known as the Elizabethtown Tract from the Lenape Native Americans. Its first European settlers were members of a Puritan colony established in 1720, which was the first permanent settlement of its type. The settlement was originally called “Turkey” or “Turkey Town”, due to the presence of wild turkeys in the area. The Presbyterian Church established in 1737 was a focal point for the community, and the lack of serious injuries when the church’s balcony collapsed in 1759 was deemed to be an example of Divine intervention, leading residents to change the area’s name to New Providence.