Introduction to Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Glen Ridge History
In 1666, sixty-four families from Connecticut purchased land in the area and named it New Ark. Prior to that, Lenni Lenape Native American tribes occupied this region. The territory of New Ark comprised the present-day towns of Montclair, Nutley, Bloomfield and Belleville. In 1812, Bloomfield was incorporated as a separate township. At that time, Glen Ridge was a rural community consisting of woodlands and farms. The Newark and Bloomfield Railroad arrived in the area in 1856, followed by the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in 1872, leading to significant development of the Glen Ridge region. It gradually emerged as a suburbal residential community. On February 13, 1895, Glen Ridge was officially incorporated. Singer Connie Francis and actor Tom Cruise once resided in Glen Ridge, which was also the filming location for movies like "Stepmom," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Winter Solstice."
Glen Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Castle Clinton National Monument
- American Labor Museum
- Israel Crane House
- New Jersey Historical Society Museum
- Dahnert's Lake County Park
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Things To Do In Glen Ridge
The New Jersey Historical Society Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the New Jersey Historical Society Museum, and the American Labor Museum are some of the museums that showcase historically important artifacts and memorabilia. The Castle Clinton National Monument, which was built during the War of 1812 and served as an immigrant landing station in the 19th century, is a historic site located nearby. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Dahnert's Lake County Park, Edgemont Memorial Park, Brookdale Park and West Essex Park are some of the popular parks in the area.
Glen Ridge Transportation
Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.
Glen Ridge Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Montclair State University, Rutgers University-Newark and Essex County College.