Tanya Zachko

A Real Estate Agent at New Homes New Jersey

Tanya Zachko

New Homes New Jersey

A Real Estate Agent based in Newark, NJ

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Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Newark Public Schools is the largest public school system in New Jersey. It is considered an Abbott, or SDA District, based on the requirements of the NJ School Development Authority to provide funding for all building and renovation projects. These determinations are based on student grades and test scores, of which Newark is among the lowest in the state with the exception of Science Park High School. The single high school has received multiple awards and recognition, and is dedicated to college-bound high school students that are interested in math and science. In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the district, in hopes things will turn around. There are 48 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 secondary (7-8 only), and 11 high schools in the Newark Public School system. There are also 3 Catholic high schools in the city. The University Heights district of Newark is home to Rutgers University, Seton Hall School of Law, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Essex County College.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The City of Newark sponsors many special events throughout the year, from sporting events and concerts to art festivals and parades. The Newark Performing Arts Center sponsors many of these activities; Sounds of the Summer is a weekly musical performance event featuring many different types of music, from turntables to reggae, which turns into a party at night. The city hosts various informative community events, including learning for children and a Family Financial Fair. The Newark Museum holds art workshops, tours, and an Annual Black Film Festival. Newark also has its annual Pride Week, in which the residents hold fashion shows, community discussion on religious and sexual identity beliefs and more to bring the community together. All of Newark’s special events can be found at ci.newark.nj.us, along with other community information.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Newark has the second-highest rate of households without automobiles, after only New York City. It is a hub of public transportation for both its industry and access to New York. There are 3 train stations within Newark. Newark Penn Station is located just east of downtown, operating a PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) line which connects to Manhattan, 3 commuter rail lines, and AmTrak service to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The Newark Broad Street Station, just 1 mile from Penn Station, runs 2 commuter rail lines, and is connected to Penn Station by the Newark Light Rail System, which operates underground and travels to multiple other destinations in New Jersey, such as Bloomfield and Belleville. The Newark Liberty International Airport Station connects all locations on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines with the airport, and services all stops between. New Jersey Transit provides Newark with 38 bus lines servicing cities and destinations all over New Jersey and into New York, as well as 2 for specified locations Atlantic City and Six Flags. GoBus 25 and 28 also serve Newark, and of course there are numerous cab companies. Public transportation in Newark is extremely convenient and the choice means of travel for the majority of residents.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There is no shortage of nightlife in Newark in terms of availability and variety. It’s the largest city in New Jersey and in a huge metropolis area; it delivers. Newark has less of the fist-pumping clubs of the Hudson coast, and more of a variety of unique, enjoyable clubs. Rio Lounge has a full bar and hip hop dance floor. Hell’s Kitchen is a different kind of dance club, and offers entertainment such as a burlesque show on Thursdays. Arena is a sports bar that becomes a dance club late night, and is 18+, as is QxT’s, which plays mellow, moveable rock. For more of a pub feel, MMM Bello's is a popular and relaxed spot, with a jukebox, and a chock full bar. In fact, they offer 100 taps, and reward you with things like permanent stool privileges and drink deals for trying each one. Nightlife in Newark is refreshing and interesting, and there’s plenty of it.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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East Orange is home to many pet-friendly apartment buildings and complexes. Large dog owners will have more trouble, as expected, but should still be able to find something. Gaia Renaissance allows pets of all sizes, and is within a reasonable price range. For those will smaller pooches or cats, there is an abundance of options in East Orange, of all price ranges, locations, and room numbers. MyApartmentMap lists current available apartments; by clicking ‘show advanced options’ at the bottom of the search bar, and selecting the appropriate modifier, you can find one that suits you as well as your furry friend.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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East Orange has plenty of options for those who don’t intend to pay more than $10 a plate, and who don’t require table service. Many of the places in this city are cafeteria style, and some just counter service. That being said, there are plenty of spots to have a great meal. B’s Southern Cuisine is one of the only restaurants in the city with waiter service. It is incredibly inexpensive, especially considering they use absolutely no frozen ingredients. B’s is the number one spot to experience in East Orange. Limin’s Cafe Caribe serves great Caribbean flavor in both senses of the word. There are many Chinese restaurants, mainly buffets, all as unexceptional as the other in both positive and negative terms. Sandwiches Unlimited is worth experiencingl, as well as the People’s Choice Restaurant. East Orange has some very exotic and alluring options, but if you’re looking for fine dining or anything close to it, you may need to travel to one of the close and convenient surrounding cities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared with seven surrounding cities, East Orange proved to be in the mid-to-low range concerning rental rates. The median rent reported for the city is $1,034 monthly. On average, studios are available for around $750/month, one bedrooms for $900, two bedrooms for $1,200 and upward from there. There are large gaps in price between different areas of the city. MyApartmentMap has current listings for Orange apartments along with prices and data concerning the area.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Despite the reported employment potential for East Orange being 52,685 with only 26,897 positions filled in the city, the unemployment rate reported the same year (2010) was over 13%, which is more than double the national average as well as the average for New Jersey cities. 21% of the population was reported in the 2010 Census as being below the poverty line. 75% of jobs listed in East Orange are classified as white collar, with over 30% being in sales and office. The city offers various assistance programs and lists current city job availabilities on its website, eastorange-nj.gov. There are eight employment agencies within East Orange, including the Essex County Division of Employment and Training. Information for the county employment division can be found at essex-countynj.org.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Based on information from the 2010 Census, the population of Irvington was 53,926. This made for a population density of 18,417 people per square mile. Of this densely populated township, 85% were reported as African American, 6% White, 1% Asian, 5% identifying as other, and 2% claiming 2 or more races. The ratio to females to males was 100 to 88. 28% of the population were married couples, 31% had children living with them, and 36% were considered non-families. 30% of residents were between the ages of 25 and 44, children under 18 years and those between 45 and 64 each made up 25%, 11% were between 18 and 24, and just 9% were over the age of 65. The median household income was reportedly $42,580. The per capita income for the city was $20,520, leaving 17% of the population below the poverty line.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Two major New Jersey highways run right through the city of Irvington. I-78 runs through the southeast corner, providing east and west entrance at exit 54, while the Garden State Parkway provides north and south access at exits 143 and 144. Irvington employs many taxi companies, the two most accessible being Red Top Taxi and Irvington Cab. New Jersey Transit’s Irvington Bus Terminal provides local service as well as service to Newark and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index of 100 to represent the safest cities in the United States, Irvington was given a score of 12, meaning it is safer than 12% of American cities. This score leaves Irvington at a more dangerous rate than 94% of all New Jersey cities. The violent crime rate is 2.5 times higher than the national average, with chances of becoming a victim of one of these crimes (assault, rape, murder) at 1 in 94. Concerning property crimes (theft, burglary, grand theft auto), Irvington’s rates are marginally higher than the national average, putting residents at a risk of 1 in 29. A person’s chances of being victimized by any crime in Irvington is 1 in 22. These numbers put the city at a higher than average rate of crime, but not into the very highest in the country.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The Irvington Housing Authority grants Section 8 vouchers and opportunities to qualified Irvington residents. Ihanj.org provides contact information for the IHA as well as an online application. Irvington’s mission is to provide excellent housing to all residents, as well as increase and maintain quality of life. Their website makes it easy to access Section 8 tools, as well as a list of landlords accepting Section 8, and information on other available assistance, such as nutritional meal programs and maintenance and energy cost assistance. MyApartmentMap has regular listings for apartments accepting Section 8, which can be accessed by clicking ‘show advanced options’ at the bottom of the search bar, and selecting the Section 8 modifier.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Orange Recreation Department sponsors seasonal and annual events frequently. They organize athletics including baseball, football, flag football, cheerleading, tennis, soccer, basketball, track and field, and swimming and aquatics, as well as an all-around summer sports camp. They also organize after-school programs for different age groups. For 12-18 year olds, there is mentoring, S.A.T. prep, drama, bowling, and more. For the younger ones, in grades 3 and 4, they have constructed the Friendship House, which they use for arts and crafts, homework sessions, sance and more. As for annual celebrations, the city has created a few of their own traditions, such as Family Fun Day, Game Day, Fishing Derby, and Youth Games Day. They also celebrate the usual, with a downtown Easter egg hunt, Hallo-Fest, and Toys for Tots festival at Christmas time. The Orange Reservoir is a site for lots of amusement, within the reservoir’s falls or in the area surrounding the lake including the Turtleback Zoo and Safari Mini Golf. Orange provides plenty to do throughout the year.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The average renter to owner ratio in the country is 30% renter to 63% owner. Contrary to national and New Jersey state averages, Orange is comprised of 71% renter, 25% owner. Based on those figures, Orange would be considered very renter friendly. When compared to seven surrounding cities, Orange sat right in the middle in terms of rental rates, at around $900 for a one-bedroom apartment. At 4 miles from Newark and 14 miles from New York City, these rates are great. Orange is ideal for a renter who hopes to commute to nearby cities.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Statistics based on the 2010 Census reported the potential for employment in Orange was 23,418, while the civilian total employed within the city was only 12,750. The unemployment rate in Orange is around 12%, a much higher rate than New Jersey totals as well as averages for the United States. In 2010, the median income was $40,800. A per capita income rate of $19,800 left 18% of the population of Orange below the poverty line. 73% of jobs in Orange are considered white collar, with the majority being sales and office, leaving 27% blue collar opportunities. There is a large amount of industry in Orange, however, there is a large amount of residents as well.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Orange Board of Education serves students in prekindergarten through high school. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts in New Jersey, also known as SDA schools, based on the requirement that the NJ School Development Authority, using state funding, grants and oversees all necessary building and renovation projects. These requirements are given to schools based on their students’ grades and testing results. Orange has eight elementary schools: Central, Cleveland Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue Schools serve grades K-6, Oakwood Avenue, Forest Street, and Heywood Avenue Schools serve grades PreK-6, Park Avenue School serves K-7, and Rosa Parks School grades K-8. Orange Preparatory School is for middle school students, grades 7 and 8, and Orange High School serves all high school students, grades 9-12.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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If deciding between lots of places to go out concerns you, Belleville is the place to be. There aren’t many to choose from, but there are enough to ensure enjoyment past midnight. For an upbeat party night complete with a dance floor, Seared Steakhouse and Lounge is perfect. It has a full bar and is open until 2 am. If you’re looking for a pub to grab a few beers and listen to the jukebox, Michael’s Roscommon House and JK’s Boat House are both great options. Guys and Dolls is a local popular pool hall, also equipped with a full bar and open late, offering great drink specials often. For anything but these options, check out a surrounding city - Newark and New York City are just 5 and 11 miles away, respectively.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Travelling into and out of Belleville by means of public transportation is relatively easy, especially if Newark is your destination. The Silver Lake Station of the Newark City Subway light rail is located in Belleville, and provides service to Newark directly, at Penn Station. New Jersey Transit bus route 13, 27, 72, 74, 90, and 92-94 all provide service to Newark. Travel to any other city in the area is reasonable, as Newark offers the opportunity to transfer to a bus or train heading where you need to be.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Belleville Recreation Department hold special events throughout the year including parades, celebrations and ceremonies. Concerning holidays, Belleville has an annual town-wide Easter egg hunt, an annual tree lighting, as well as Columbus and Veteran’s Day parades. They also hold community-based events, such as a night out against crime, opening day ceremonies for local youth sports, and a Two Miles for Belleville walk. Belleville also has an annual Just a Party celebration, which is just that. They hold summer concerts in the park, and invite all residents to attend various events such as dedication ceremonies. To see what’s coming up, or check details on anything listed above, visit bellevillenj.org.

 
Weather

Weather

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Based on an index using 100 to represent the most desirable weather in the country, Belleville was given a score of 69. The scoring guide is based on criteria such as extreme weather instances, precipitation and average temperatures. Belleville’s hurricane risk is higher than the rest of the country by about 10%, but is lower than other areas in New Jersey. The risk of tornadoes, however is much higher than the rest of New Jersey, and is near the maximum of all cities in the country. The hail risk in Belleville is moderate. Belleville receives around 27 inches of snow annually, and around 44 inches of other precipitation. The average annual high temperature, in July, is 85 degrees, while the average annual low, in January, is 22 degrees. In the months between, Belleville sees mild temperatures, rising and falling accordingly between January and July.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index where 100 represents the safest neighborhoods in the United States, Jersey City was given a score of 23, meaning it is safer than just 23% of the country’s cities. Pertaining to violent crimes such as rape, assault and manslaughter, Jersey City has an average almost twice that of the national average. A person’s chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Jersey City is 1 in 135. The rate of property crime, such as burglary, theft or grand theft auto, is marginally lower than the national average, but higher than New Jersey state overall, at a rate of 1 per 41 residents. In fact, most of New Jersey’s cities have much lower crime rates than Jersey City. A person’s chances of being victimized by a crime of any kind in Jersey City is 1 in 32. In spite of all of these statistics, when compared to all cities in the country with similar populations, Jersey City’s crime rates are noticeably lower than most.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There is no shortage of restaurants in Jersey City. No matter how much you’re looking to spend, eat or travel, you won’t have a hard time finding something great. A list of every restaurant won’t help and is easy to access, but some recommendations for certain occasions might. For a nice dinner at over $25 a plate, Edward’s Steakhouse is ideal, and Azucar is great as well. For a $15-$25 meal that still has some class, Madame Claude Cafe is a wonderful French bistro, and LITM provides homey american fare and epitomizes a great restaurant view - it’s got an art gallery in the dining room! For a little less, $10-$15 a plate, Honshu Sushi is very popular. For a quick bite under $10, Ibby’s Falafel or the Brownstone Diner are worth visiting. For lunch, check out Marco + Pepe for what Zagat described as “innovative American comfort food”. There are an abundance of choices in Jersey City.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Pet owners looking to move or relocate in the Jersey City area can feel confident in finding a place. Those with large dogs will have a more difficult time, but it is not hopeless. Avalon Cove is a luxurious complex that allows all pets. For those with dogs that might be considered less than large, or cat owners, there is a plethora of options. Most have stipulations, such as a manager or landlord’s approval on dogs, small monthly fee, or a deposit. MyApartmentMap, under ‘show advanced options’, has a modifier to allow searches for pet-friendly apartments based on your requirements. There are always current options for available places that will welcome tenants and their furry friends.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Section 8 is available through the Jersey City Housing Authority. Vouchers for housing assistance are given based on application and income qualifications. MyApartmentMap has many options for those looking to rent using Section 8 assistance in Jersey City, accessible by clicking the ‘show advanced options’ tab, and selecting the Section 8 modifier. For more information and a printable voucher application (link), visit jcha-gov.us. The site also provides helpful links concerning government and state assistance, such as energy assistance and homebuying programs.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared with seven surrounding cities, Maplewood proved to be exactly in the middle range in terms of rental costs. The median rent in Maplewood is $1,336. A one bedroom apartment on average costs around $1,200, while a two bedroom will be around $1,400, three bedrooms cost around $1,550, and of course up from there. Although Maplewood has over 1,800 units for rental purposes, that number makes up only 23% of the city’s population.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The population of Maplewood, based on information taken from the 2010 Census, is 23,867, which puts the city at a population density of 6,115 people per square mile. Of these residents, 56% were reported to be white, 35% African American, 3% Asian, 2% identifying as other, and 3% claiming 2 or more races. Concerning residents of all races, the largest age group was the 45-64 year olds at 30%, followed by the 18 and under kids at 28%, 25-44 year olds contributed a substantial 25%, senior citizens ages 65 and up made up 11%, and the 18-24 year old crowd made up just 6%. For every 100 females in Maplewood, there are approximately 91 males. 58% of the population is comprised of married couples, 19% are individuals, and 24% are non-families of some kind. The median household income for Maplewood in 2010 was $101,463, with just 3% of the population below the poverty line. Economically, those are positive statistics.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There isn’t much in the way of nightlife in Maplewood, but there is some. If you do need a night out there though, St. James’ gate Publick House is the place to go. It is an Irish Pub, very relaxed, full bar, live music, and open until 2am. O'Reilly's is comparable and also open until 2, but it is frequented more often for delicious and inventive food than for late night fun. The Coda Kitchen & Bar is open until midnight on weekends, making it a good place for cocktails after work or to start the night a bit more upscale, perhaps before heading to a nearby city. The Blu Door Cigar Lounge is a membership-based lounge, open to non-members regularly, but not for every occasion. Luckily, Maplewood is just 15 minutes from Newark, 30 minutes from New York City, and closer than either of those to other cities with great selections.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index where 100 represents the safest cities, Maplewood was given a score of 70, suggesting it is safer than 70% of all cities in the United States. Concerning violent crimes, Maplewood has a rate that is about ¼ of the national average. This includes rape, assault and murder. Concerning property crimes like theft, burglary, and larceny, Maplewood’s rate is ⅓ the national average. When compared to other cities of its size, Maplewood proved to be one of the safest in the country.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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According to statistics from the 2010 Census, the potential employment for Bloomfield was reportedly 36,000, with only 23,000 positions filled. The unemployment rates were 2.35% for women, and 3.54% for men, figures which are both almost exactly the national average. Around 7% of Bloomfield’s population was reported to be below the poverty line, another average figure. 81% of jobs in Bloomfield are considered white collar, the majority being of sales and office. This leaves 19% blue collar positions, 11% of which are transportation, material moving and production. The annual median income for households in Bloomfield, in 2010, was $62,831. All of these figures are relatively average compared to other cities in New Jersey as well as in the United States. There is plenty of industry in Bloomfield, including 5 employment agencies (Adecco has an office in Bloomfield, and can be accessed at adeccousa.com).

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Bloomfield Public School District serves grades kindergarten through twelve. Bloomfield has eight elementary schools, which serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade: Berkeley, Brookdale, Carteret, Demarest, Fairview, Franklin, Oak View, and Watsessing. Bloomfield Middle School accommodate grades seven and eight, and Bloomfield High School grades nine through twelve. Forest Glen School is for students in grades seven through twelve with special requirements, offering individualized programs. Bloomfield Technical High School is also public, and offers academic lessons as well as occupational instruction. Bloomfield Technical was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in the 2009/2010 school year, the highest honor given by the U.S. Department of Education. St.Thomas the Apostle School is a private Catholic School located in Bloomfield, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As for after high school, Bloomfield College is available. It is a liberal arts college associated with the Presbyterian Church, which has around 2,000 students per term.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Bloomfield Public School District serves grades kindergarten through twelve. Bloomfield has eight elementary schools, which serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade: Berkeley, Brookdale, Carteret, Demarest, Fairview, Franklin, Oak View, and Watsessing. Bloomfield Middle School accommodate grades seven and eight, and Bloomfield High School grades nine through twelve. Forest Glen School is for students in grades seven through twelve with special requirements, offering individualized programs. Bloomfield Technical High School is also public, and offers academic lessons as well as occupational instruction. Bloomfield Technical was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in the 2009/2010 school year, the highest honor given by the U.S. Department of Education. St.Thomas the Apostle School is a private Catholic School located in Bloomfield, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As for after high school, Bloomfield College is available. It is a liberal arts college associated with the Presbyterian Church, which has around 2,000 students per term.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Garden State Parkway serves and has an area located within Bloomfield. The ease of access to the highway facilitates travel in the area, as this is a major highway offering convenient entry in both directions as well as connecting routes to other important roadways. The Essex County Toll Plaza is located in Bloomfield, as well as two service areas. Public transportation is also available and easily accessible. Bloomfield has three train stations, Bloomfield Station and Watsessing Avenue Station both serving the Montclair-Boonton Line with service to Hoboken, and the Midtown Direct Line to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The Grove St. Station provides service on the Newark City Subway to Penn Station in Newark. Many of New Jersey Transit bus lines provide service to Newark, as well as local service, and the Go Bus route 28 provides nearly constant service to Newark Liberty International Airport, which is just seven and a half miles from Bloomfield.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Bloomfield Department of Recreation offers programs for all ages and many areas of interest. The department offers many of the activities you might expect, including baseball, softball, soccer, football, and cheerleading, as well as some unexpected ones, such as wiffle ball, chess, magic, and introduction to rock music instruments. Bloomfield is very interested in keeping the arts thriving in New Jersey and in their community. For that reason, they have organized the Bloomfield Arts League, which offers classes to adults and children from beginner to advanced in many mediums including watercolors, oil painting, pastel, drawing and more. The Bloomfield Music Federation is another way the township supports the arts, encouraging residents of all ages to explore their talents and interests by taking lessons and joining the town band. The Recreation Department also holds events throughout the year, such as frequent concerts in the park, holiday celebrations, and town picnics. Details on all events and programs can be found at bloomfieldtwpnj.com under the Departments quick links, under recreation.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Bayonne is extremely renter-friendly. In fact, renters make up 57% of the city’s population, which is almost double the average for New Jersey as well as most United States cities. When compared to seven surrounding cities, Bayonne is right in the middle in terms of rental rates. On average, a one-bedroom apartment costs around $1,100 monthly, around $1,400 for two bedrooms, and upward from there. Given it’s close proximity to New York City and Newark, these are excellent prices. For a renter who needs to commute, Bayonne is more than friendly.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Nightlife in Bayonne is a string of comfortable bars. Houlihan’s, SevenFortySeven, and the Big Apple are the most lounge-like, but are still just relaxed local watering holes. The Starting Point and Eddy’s are both typical “dive” bars; loved by locals, and enjoyable if you know what to expect. If you’re looking for something to get dressed up for, perhaps with a dance floor, you’ll have to leave Bayonne. Luckily, New York and Newark are both just under 10 miles away and public transportation is easily accessible.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Bayonne Board of Education serves students in grades kindergarten through twelve. The city has 10 regular public elementary schools serving grades k-8: Henry E. Harris, Dr.Walter F. Robinson, Lincoln Community, Phillip G. Vroom, Mary J. Donohoe, Horace Mann, Midtown Community, George Washington Community, and Woodrow Wilson, as well as the Nicholas Oresko School for students gifted in academics, arts, or athletics. Mary J. Donohoe School was named a Star School in the 2004/2005 school year; the highest honor by the New Jersey Department of Education, while the Nicholas Oresko School and George Washington Community School received the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence in 2008/2009 and 2009/2010, respectively. This is the highest honor given by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2006, Bayonne implemented uniforms (a collared shirt with logo, to be worn with optional other clothes), which has been heavily contested by students and parents. Bayonne High School is the only public school in New Jersey with an indoor ice rink for its hockey team, another source of pride for the city. There are also private schools in Bayonne, including All-Saints Catholic Academy for grades PreK-8, Holy Family Academy which is an all girls high school, as well as a co-ed high school, Marist High School. The city is also home to an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva, Gedola of Bayonne.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Bayonne does offer Section 8 to qualified residents through the Bayonne Housing Authority. MyApartmentMap has some options available for those interested, which can be accessed by selecting ‘show advanced options’ on the search bar, and turning on the Section 8 modifier. The Bayonne Housing Authority can be tricky to access online, but can be found at 30 Avenue C in Bayonne, or at (201)437-7135. The city offers other assistance programs such as the Home Improvement Program, offering grants for home repairs, Multi-Family Program, Affordable Housing Trust Fund, HOME, Balanced Housing Program, and various financing programs. All of this information can be found at bayonnenj.org/commdev2.

 
Weather

Weather

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Based on a national weather index, with 100 representing the most desirable overall climate, Nutley was given a score of 69. The hurricane risk is 122 out of 100, representing a higher chance of hurricanes than most of the country. The tornado risk is 91, also relatively high. Both of these factors hold responsibility in the mediocre weather scoring of Nutley. Hail chances are at 59, lower than most of the country as well as most of New Jersey. On average, Nutley sees around 27 inches of snow, and 49 total inches of precipitation. The low annual temperature is around 23 degrees, in January, and the annual high is around 85 degrees, in July. Throughout the rest of the year, Nutley sees mild temperatures and weather conditions.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Nutley has a great variety of upscale restaurants, nice dining spots, and places to grab a bite. As for the upscale: Terrazza is American food with ambiance. Meals are around $20 each, and worth it; great for a date. For a middle-range cost and a nice dining experience, Mamma Vittoria is great for Italian, Roka for Mediterranean, and Sake for Japanese are all great options. For the bite grabbers - pizza is everywhere, with Ball Paese and Ralph’s being the most popular. The Park Pub is a great place to grab a burger and a beer. Many of the places in Nutley, as well as most of New Jersey, are BYOB, so make sure to call ahead if you’re looking to indulge with dinner.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Based on information from the 2010 Census, the population of Nutley was 28,370. This made for a population density of 8,384 people per square mile. Of this population, 53% were married couples and 32% were non-families. Of these families and non-families, 83% were white, 10% Asian, 2% African American, 3% identified as other, and 2% claimed 2 or more races. This is not a highly diverse area. For every 100 females in Nutley, 89 males were reported. The age group contributing to the highest percentage of the population was between 45 and 65, at 29%, with the 25-44 group not too much smaller at 26%. 21% were under 18, 15% 65 years or older, and just 7% between 18 and 24. The median household income in Nutley was $76,167 annually, with 4% of the population below the poverty line.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In a comparative study of Nutley and seven surrounding cities, Nutley proved to be the third least expensive, representing the average price range for the area. The median rent for Nutley is around $1,150. A studio apartment will cost around $950, a one bedroom around $1,200, two bedrooms for around $1,400, and of course upward from there. The ratio of renters to owners in Nutley is 35% to 65%, a figure higher in renters than New Jersey as a state, as well as the average for the United States. At 15 miles from New York City and 8 miles from Newark, Nutley is a relatively inexpensive location for a commuter.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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West Orange is a community very dedicated to the arts. As home to many successes in acting and musical arts, the city has made promotion of the arts one of its main focuses. Annually, West Orange hold a Film Festival, Arts Expo., Art Scene Crafts Sale, Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, Town Picnic (with art booths, of course), Jazz Festival, Photo Documentary Shows, Art Talks, and an event called WOAC Studio at the Loft, where those interested in the arts can watch and learn various techniques of creation. The city also awards an Art Scholarship annually to a young, involved member of the community. Dates and information on all mentioned events and more can be found at westorange.org. West Orange refers to its arts community as “the envy of New Jersey”, and it’s not hard to see why.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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According to 2010 statistics for West Orange, the employment potential for the city was 33,564, with only 20,842 civilians employed there. The unemployment rate in West Orange is around 5%, which is a bit on the low side, but relatively average for rates both in New Jersey state and the United States. NJ.com has a jobs section, advertising available positions in all New Jersey cities. 87% of the jobs in West Orange are classified as white collar, leaving just 13% as blue collar positions. However, Newark and New York City, as well as several other large cities are very close to West Orange, creating many jobs within reasonable commuting distance.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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If you are looking for a loud, fun, fist-pumping night in West Orange, 4Sixty6 is the place to be. This is the only place like it in the city, and it will deliver. For a bar with a less techno as well as expense, Harrison Avenue Tavern (HAT to the locals), is a casual bar with cheap drinks and a jukebox. For the restaurant/bar type of night, maybe drinks and appetizers or an after-work cocktail, Suzy Que’s is a barbecue joint that stays open until 2am, and Cecil’s is a more relaxed jazz club with the same hours and options. Newark is 8 miles away, and New York City is just 10, but if you’d like to avoid the travel, there is plenty to do in West Orange.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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If you are a pet owner looking to move to West Orange, there are a few options. Eagle Rock Co-Op has different options available for bedroom and bathroom requirements, as well as The Cove townhouse complex. Both allow cats and small dogs pending approval and a deposit. Myapartmentmap.com has current available pet-friendly rentals listed, which you can access through the ‘show advanced options’ modifier, checking your preferences.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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As with most of the “commuter towns” of New York City, Montclair has an excellent restaurant selection. If a fine-dining experience is what you’re looking for, Adara is great for modernist American food; very creative and upscale, quiet and BYOB. Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant is also a unique and upscale, this one has a full bar and a loud, boisterous energy. Both will cost a party of two over $100 easily. If you want a great meal with some ambiance that could remain in the two digit ballpark, Epernay is a great French experience, and Culinariane for American. There are numerous great Italian restaurants in Montclair; a good place to start would be Osterio Giotto. Jackie’s Grillette, Urban Chicken, and Bonjour Montclair are all great places to sit and get a bite for under $10. A foodie could be satisfied for years in Montclair for years before making the trip across the Hudson.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Based on information from the 2010 Census, the population of Montclair was 37,669, creating a population density of 5,971 people per square mile. Of this population, 62% were white, 27% African American, 4% Asian, 2% identifying as other, and 5% claiming 2 or more races. For every 100 females in Montclair, there were 87 males reported. 46% of the population accounted for were married couples, 30% were individuals, and 37% were non-families. Of these families and non-families, 26% were under the age of 18, 6% between 18 and 24, 27% between 25 and 44, the majority of 30% between 45 and 64, and 11% above 65 years. The median income reported in Montclair was $95,696, which is high, while only 3% of the population was below the poverty line, which is low.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Statistics have shown that the crime rate in Montclair is higher than 74% of New Jersey cities of all sizes. For the size and location within the state however, Montclair’s average is lower than some surrounding areas. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime such as assault or rape is around 1 in 465, which is high for New Jersey, but about half the national average. Chances of being victimized by property crime is a bit higher, and about equal to the national average, at 1 in 50. Property crime contributes more to the low safety rating in Montclair. A person’s chance of being a victim of any crime in Montclair is about 1 in 51.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Travel to and from Montclair is very convenient. Although no major highways are located in town, the Garden State Parkway is located just to the east, U.S. Route 46 and NJ Route 3 are both north, and NJ Route 23 is west, all very close and easy to travel to. Bloomfield Avenue is the main street in town. It provides access to the highways, and has a taxi stand in east Montclair. Montclair is considered a commuter town of New York City, with twelve times more commuters using mass transit than the national average. So, although it is easy enough to drive, it is even more convenient to take advantage of the public transportation opportunities. New Jersey Transit busses 11, 28, 29, 34, 97, 191, and 705 all service Montclair, some travelling into New York City, others Newark or various surrounding cities. Bus routes 33 and 66 travel to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. There are seven railway stations servicing Montclair, travelling to all major cities in the area including New York and Hoboken. However you choose to commute in Montclair, there are quick and easy means to do so.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Nightlife in Hoboken is exciting and full of variety. If you’re looking for a fast-paced dance club, the West Five Supper Club and Room 84 are the most popular in the area. Both are nice places worth the cover and getting dressed up for. Cork City and the Living Room are both lounges, not quite a dance club, not quite a pub or sports bar, just a relaxing place to get a few drinks and relax. If a pub or sports bar is what you’re looking for, Wilton House and Carpe Diem are both excellent choices. Of course, if the selection gets old, NYC is just a short PATH ride away.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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New Jersey state consists of 63% homeowners and 32% renters, numbers which match the national average almost exactly. Hoboken consists 75% of renters, and only 23% owners, making it unusually renter friendly. However, when compared with seven surrounding cities, Hoboken’s rental rates were the second highest, behind only New York City. Rentals begin at around $1,800 for a studio, $2,200 for one bedroom, $2,800 for two bedrooms, and upward from there. These rates are high, but if you have the means, the location could be worth it. Hoboken has all of the conveniences of living in New York City, at a slightly lower cost.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Hoboken has been ranked #1 on the list of most public transportation use of any city in the United States. In fact, the state of New Jersey has commissioned a Smart Growth plan to reduce automobile travel. The Main Line, Bergen County Line, Pascack Valley Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morris, Essex, and Meadowlands Rail Lines all end in Hoboken. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail also has three stations with originating lines. PATH (Port-Authority Trans-Hudson) runs 24 hours daily, with all lines originating in Hoboken, connecting to various terminals in New York City as well as Newark. Hoboken also has great options for public water travel. NY Waterway services cross the Hudson river from Hoboken Terminal as well as the 14th Street Station daily, travelling to Battery City Park Ferry Terminal, Wall Street Pier 11, and the West-Midtown Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Bus Routes 22, 23, 64, 68, 87,126, and 22X have lines travelling into and out of Hoboken. Cabs in Hoboken charge one flat rate for transport within the city’s limits, and Zipcar services are available at the Center Parking Garage on Park Avenue. Hoboken does not have an airport, however, Newark Liberty International. LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy Airports, and all are close and easily accessible through public transportation.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The city of Hoboken sponsors many activities throughout the year to promote a sense of community as well as offer residents the opportunity for some free or inexpensive recreation. The Recreation Department offers a number of athletic programs for children including baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading, football, flag football, karate, soccer and wrestling. They also sponsor gym activities like Tai Chi and adult basketball leagues, as well as outdoor activities. These include physical activities like yoga and general fitness, as well as movie screenings, Shakespeare performances, concerts and family fun nights. The city also advertises farmer’s markets, spaghetti dinners, block parties and much more, including holiday parades and celebrations. More information on everything to do can be found at hobokennj.org. The ‘Residents’ and ‘Visitors’ tabs are exciting and helpful; all events mentioned above can be found through the ‘Events Calendar’ link.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a great number of quality restaurants in Union City. None that would be considered five star, no $40 plates to be found, but quality for sure. For a nice, cloth napkin kind of experience, Five Stars Thai Cuisine, Beyti Turkish Restaurant, or Casa Di Napoli (Italian), are all great choices. The ambience of all places is free, considering the fair prices for a great experience. For some quicker and cheaper fare that wouldn’t be considered fast food, Pan Con Todo is an excellent choice for Cuban, Flaming Burrito for Mexican, and Park Avenue Bar and Grill are all great options. Many places in Union City, as well as the rest of New Jersey, are BYOB, so make sure to call ahead if you’re looking for some cocktails to pad the low bill.

 
Weather

Weather

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Based on a national weather index with 100 representing the most desirable, Union City was given a rating of 69. This takes into account severe weather risks, precipitation and average temperatures. On an index of 100 being the most likely to occur, Union City was given a rate of 43 regarding chances of hail, 74 for tornadoes, and 109 for hurricanes. The high hurricane risk probably accounts for the mediocre weather rating. As far as precipitation, Union City receives approximately 22 inches of snow annually, and 47 total inches of precipitation. The yearly low temperature, usually occurring in January, is 25 degrees, while the average high, in July, is 84 degrees.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared with seven surrounding cities, Union City proved to have the least expensive rental rates in the area. On average, a one bedroom apartment or studio will each cost around $1,100 monthly. Two bedroom apartments go for around $1,600 monthly and three bedrooms for around $2,400. Expectedly, due to the low rental rates and ideal position regarding many large cities in the area, renters make up around 80% of the population of Union City.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Public schools in Union City are operated by the Union City Board of Education. However, the district is one of 31 Abbott Schools in New Jersey, also known as SDA Schools (NJ Schools Development Authority). This refers to the state’s required involvement in covering all building and renovation costs. These requirements are based on students’ grade averages and test scores, and are part of a plan to ensure that children in poor areas of the country receive adequate schooling. Union City specifically has repeatedly reported high rates of violence in schools when compared to other districts of its size and population. Eugenio Maria de Hostos Center for Early Childhood Education provides schooling for pre-k and kindergarten students, followed by eight elementary schools of various grade requirements: Thomas A.Edison and Robert Waters (prek-6), Sara M. Gilmore (k-5), Hudson and Veteran’s Memorial (prek-5), Jefferson (prek-4), Roosevelt and Washington (k-6), and Woodrow Wilson (1-8).The city has two middle schools; Emerson (6-8) and Union Hill (7-8), Jose Martin Freshman Academy (9), and Union City High School (9-12). Union City High School is celebrated for the rooftop athletic field atop the two-story building. The North Hudson Higher Education Center, part of Hudson County Community College, is located in Union City. The seven-story building prides itself for promoting studies relating to “green” energy-conserving lifestyles.There are five public schools in Union City: Miftaahul Uloom Academy, Mother Seton Interparochial, Rising Star Academy, St.Augustine’s, and St.Francis Academy, as well as Union City Daycare Program.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Based on statistics from 2010, employment potential in Linden was at 31,853, with only 18,939 civilians employed. Linden is home to several large industries which provide many jobs for the area. The Bayway Refinery supplies New Jersey and New York with petroleum-based products. It is the second-largest refinery on the east coast, and one of the nation’s top 25 largest facilities. Merck &Co., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, is also shared by Linden and Rahway. The east side of Linden runs along Arthur Kill, a strait which plays an important part in cargo transportation in the Port of New York and New Jersey. These companies provide many blue and white collar opportunities for residents of Linden. Unemployment rates are exactly average based on state as well as country statistics. Jobs.nj.com lists current job availabilities.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Linden offers many community events throughout the year, including fun activities such as weekly concerts in the park, helpful group endeavors such as blood drives and disease screenings, as well as a mix of both, like their Strikes for Sickle Cell bowling benefit. Linden-nj.org offers a detailed list of all events. They are organized with all necessary information as well as contact information for more details, and put up months in advance. You can find this under the ‘Events Calendar’ tab. The ‘Recreation’ tab as well as ‘Cultural Committee’ will also be helpful when looking for happenings in Linden. This is a very community oriented city.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Based on information taken from the 2010 Census, the population of Linden was 40,499. That creates a population density of 3,794 people per square mile. The female to male ratio within that was 100 to 91. 59% of the population reported as white, 27% as African American, 3% Asian, 8% reporting ‘other’, and 3% claiming 2 or more races. 45% of the population were married couples, and 31% were non-families. Each at exactly 28%, those aged 25-44 and 45-64 made up for more than half of the population. 22% were under 18, 9% 18-24, and 13% above 65 years. The median household income reported in Linden was $55,859, with 7.5% of the population below the poverty line.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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New Jersey Transit provides Linden with bus service to all major surrounding cities as well as local services. Routes 56 and 57 provide service to Elizabeth, routes 62 and 94 provide service to Newark and Perth Amboy, and routes 112 and 115 provide interstate service to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The Linden Train Station also serves the city. Linden is right in the middle on the Northeast Corridor Line, which travels from Trenton to Penn Station in New York City. Access to the North Jersey Coast Line is available through transfer in the next stop of Rahway. In the case of a more serious commute, Newark Liberty International Airport is just 15 minutes from Linden by road, and two stops North by train.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Based on a national average index of 100, Clifton was given a score of 42, meaning it is safer than 42% of all United States cities. This is a relatively average score, and a good one based on Clifton’s size and population. Clifton’s crime rate is lower than 28% of New Jersey cities. Property crime rates are lower than the national average and the New Jersey average. At a rate of 19 vs. the national 29, a person’s chances of being a victim of a property crime (theft, burglary, etc.) is around 1 in 53. Crimes of violence (assault, rape, etc.) are about half the national average in Clifton, making chances of being victimized by violence around 1 in 497. Overall, around 21 per 1,000 residents are affected by crime in Clifton annually.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

Nightlife in Clifton consists mostly of sports bars and local pubs. As far as these are concerned, though, there are some great spots. Sharky’s Wings and Raw Bar and Bogey’s Sports Pub are both local favorites; both are open until 3 a.m., have a full bar, jukebox, and televisions. Dingo’s Den is similar, but it offers a dancing area, which could make for a different kind of evening. LaZiza Lebanese Cuisine and Hookah Lounge is also a great place to let loose. It is BYOB (popular in New Jersey, so always check!), but they offer hookahs and are open until 1 a.m. All of these bars mentioned also serve food, so a late dinner night is a great option as well. DingBatz is a music venue located in Clifton, holding local rock concerts frequently with a full bar. The late night scene in Clifton is pretty casual, but the surrounding cities (including NYC, 17 miles away) offer plenty of variety.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

Clifton is absolutely renter friendly. The rate in Clifton of renters to owners is 38% to 60% respectively, a rate higher than the average for most cities in New Jersey as well as the rest of the United States, accounting for over 12,000 renter occupied units. The median rental rate in Clifton is $1,137/month; an average rate for New Jersey cities, but marginally higher when compared with seven surrounding cities. One bedroom apartments in Clifton, on average, begin around $1,200/month.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Section 8 is available through the Housing Department of Clifton, located on the second floor of City Hall. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, known as HUD, funds this program as well as the Clifton Home Improvement Program, known as CHIP. The program gives Clifton homeowners the opportunity to apply for grants alloting them money to put toward necessary home repairs. Section 8 also offers the Family Self Sufficiency program, known as FSS. This program assists residents who are currently receiving government assistance to lower their dependency on those funds through help with job searches and future planning. MyApartmentMap has listings for Section 8 housing in Clifton, which can be accessed by clicking ‘show advanced options’ and checking the Section 8 modifier in ‘rental types’.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Being just over the river, 9 miles from New York City, of course North Bergen must have a great supply of restaurants to keep people dining here. There are plenty to choose from in every category of food. However, if you’re looking for very fine dining / a dress code sort of place, you might be better off going into New York. The top two places for a special occasion or just a nice meal with some ambiance are La Fusta, which serves Argentine-style food, and Sabor, with Latin cuisine. Both are renowned for their steaks and sangria. For a little less money, you can also have a great, quality experience at DiPalmas Brothers (Italian), Tapas de Espana (Spanish), or the Coach House Diner (American). For a quick, cheap bite, two local favorites are Chicken Delight, serving chicken wings and the like, and Banana King Corp., serving fast Latin fare. There are plenty in between; starting with these will leave you lots more exploring in North Bergen.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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North Bergen Public School District serves students from prekindergarten through high school. The city has six public elementary schools: Franklin, John F. Kennedy, and Horace Mann schools serve students between grades 1 and 8; Robert Fulton and Mckinley schools include kindergarten, and Lincoln School extends to prekindergarten, all still continuing through eighth grade. North Bergen High School teaches all North Bergen students in grades 9 through 12, as well as students from Guttenberg, as per terms of a sending/receiving agreement the two districts have.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The North Bergen Recreation Department sponsors sports and activities for children aged 5 to 16, including basketball for boys and girls, dance, wrestling, football, cheerleading, t-ball, baseball and softball. They also offer a summer fun camp for children of these ages, as well as various activities for all residents. One of the most interesting annual community events is the North Bergen Annual Hawaiian Pool Luau, held every August. The city also organizes community celebrations for holidays; a Veteran’s and Memorial Day celebration, Halloween and Christmas parties along with the annual Winterfest downtown celebration. Another interesting opportunity is the Night Out Against Crime block party evenings held throughout the downtown area. More specific information can be found at northbergen.org.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

There are several options for pet owners renting in North Bergen. Avalon North Bergen complex is luxurious and inexpensive for the area. The Stonehenge on The Palisades rents for an average price, around $1,500, but does require a $300 per pet one time fee. Half Moon Harbour Apartments are extremely lavish; more expensive but a great example of “you get what you pay for”. All three of those complexes allow pets of all sizes, so these are ideal for those with large dogs. Hudson Ridge Apartments, one of the least expensive rentals in the area, allow cats and small dogs, as does The Heights along with multiple private listings, all of which can be found on MyApartmentMap, using the advanced options to screen pet friendly places.

 
Demographics

Demographics

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

Based on data retrieved from the 2010 Census, the population of West New York was 49,708. That makes for a population density of 49,341 per square mile. Of these residents, 38% reported to be non-families, and 38% married couples. Considering race, 62% of the population reported to be white, 6% Asian, 5% African American, 2% Native American, 20% identifying as other, and 6% claiming two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race comprised 78% of the population; the third largest Hispanic population in the state. Although the percentage of Native Americans are relatively low, West New York combined with nearby Union City accounts for 38% of the country’s entire Native American population. 35% of the population was between 25 and 44, 22% between 45 and 64, 21% under 18, 12% 65 or older, and 10% between 18 and 24. The ratio of males to females was 98 to 100 respectively. The median income for households reported in 2010 was $42,534, with 18% of the city’s population below the poverty line.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

Schools in West New York are served by the West New York School District. The district is one of thirty-one in New Jersey classified as Abbott Schools, based on the necessary involvement of the state to ensure proper funding and satisfactory resources resulting in adequate education. The Early Childhood School is for pre-kindergarten students. West New York offers six elementary schools, named Public School Number 1-5, and the Harry L. Bain School, all of which serve students from kindergarten through sixth grade, with the exception of Public School Number 5 which includes seventh graders. West New York Middle School serves seventh and eighth graders in the city, and Memorial High School grades nine through twelve. St.Joseph of the Palisades Grammar School is a private, Catholic school in West New York overseen not by the state, but by the Archdiocese of Newark. The American Training School for Medical Professionals, a training school for bilingual medical students, is also located in West New York.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

The nightlife in West New York definitely represents a case of quality over quantity. For the most excitement, Son Cubano is the place to go. The bar itself is gorgeous, decadent and upbeat. They have great food and drinks, and a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. Most nights there is a dj, sometimes live music, but it is more of a bar than club, not designed for dancing. If you are looking for the dancing scene, Decache Lounge and Marinero Grill both have dance floors with mostly Latin dance music. Both are restaurants with full bars that fill up with the bar crowd at night. If you’re more into a laid-back environment, The Wild Rover Pub is a great place to grab a drink, shoot some pool and listen to a jukebox. West New York is just 7 miles from New York City (through the Lincoln Tunnel), and many New Yorkers come to this New Jersey city for a good time and better prices.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

According to the 2010 Census, 27% of Passaic’s population was below the poverty line. That is more than double the average for the state of New Jersey, at 12%. The average median income was reported to be $31,135 yearly. The employment potential was reported to be 50,115, with only 25,975 of available jobs filled. Jobs in Passaic are 53% white collar and 47% blue collar. This represents a much higher percentage in blue collar opportunities than the majority of cities in the United States as well as those in New Jersey. Jobstocareers.com reported 2,124 available full-time positions available in Passaic, as well as 898 part-time positions. At 32%, jobs in material movement, production, and transportation were reported as the majority of occupations in Passaic.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Commuting to and from Passaic is relatively convenient. Routes 3 and 21 pass through the city and service most local roadway travel. The Garden State Parkway and Interstate 80 are both very close, and prove more convenient for long distance travel. Public transportation is also readily available in Passaic; bus service from provides transport to Newark, Paterson, Rutherford, Clifton, Garfield, Wallington, and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. There is also a train station in Passaic with lines to Hoboken and Secaucus, allowing connecting rail service to Penn Station in New York and Newark Airport, as well as northbound trains to Paterson and Ridgewood, and New York cities Suffern and Port Jervis. There is a commuter jitney bus in town, but it does not run on an official schedule, so routes are not predetermined. Whether you choose public or personal travel options, commuting is relatively easy in Passaic.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to apartment costs in seven surrounding cities, Passaic produced prices in the mid-to-low range concerning rent. Myapartmentmap.com has rentals for as low as $750/month. On average, though, studio apartments start around $975, one-bedrooms escalate in price to around $1175, $1500 for two bedrooms and upward from there. Passaic is located just 16 miles from New York City; in general, the further outward from the city you are located (in this area), the less expensive rental rates will be.

 
Weather

Weather

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Based on a weather index rating where 100 represents the most desirable, Passaic was given a score of 69. This is most likely due to the very high hurricane risk, which compared to a national average of 100 was given a 118 in terms of risk. The tornado risk in Passaic is also a little high, at 81 of 100, while the hail risk index was given a 59 of 100, which is a lower risk than New Jersey as a state. The approximate yearly low temperature for Passaic is 22 degrees, in January, while the approximate high temperature is 86 degrees, in July. On average, Passaic sees around 27 inches of snow annually, and experiences 122 days of rain. The temperature in the months between high and low adjust accordingly and gradually throughout the year.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Tanya Zachko - Real Estate Agent

Based on a crime rate index with 100 representing the safest areas in the country, West New York was given a rate of 48, meaning that it is safer than 48% of all cities. It is also considered safer than 34% of New Jersey cities. Compared to other cities of West New York’s size and population, it was actually noticeably low. The changes of becoming a victim of a violent crime in this city is approximately 3 in 1,000 (this includes assault, rape, and murder), while the chances of being victimized by a property crime is 15 in 1,000 (burglary, larceny, grand theft auto). These rates are higher than most cities in the United States, but low for New Jersey and of similar populations.

 

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