Livingston

Livingston, New Jersey is a comfortable suburban town of about 28,000 residents with easy access to both New York City and other areas in New Jersey. The town prides itself on having a great quality of life, largely due to the fact that its residents are active in more than 30 community boards and organizations. With excellent schools, recreation facilities, and a highly engaged community, Livingston is an ideal place to live for people of all ages.

Below, I've included information about the area's History, Amenities for Commuters, Schools, Entertainment, Great Outdoors, & Shopping as well as some links to useful Resources. For an even more in depth look at the community, please feel free to request my free Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston and Summit Relocation Package which is packed full of useful and important information about these areas. Just fill out the request form and I'll send it over to you for no charge.


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History

In 1702, settlers from Newark paid 130 English pounds to a group of Lenape Native Americans to purchase a tract of land that encompassed the areas now known as Caldwell, Livingston and West Essex. In 1811, seven individual hamlets - including Teedtown (now Livingston Center), Northfield, Morehousetown (Livingston Circle), Cheapside (Livingston Mall), Washington Place and Squiertown (Route 10 Circle) banded together to petition for the formation of The Township of Livingston.

During that time, only about 100 people lived in the town. For these early residents, farming and lumber were the main sources of income. After the Civil War war ended, dairy farming became Livingston's leading industry and remained so well into the 20th century.

Unlike many of the surrounding towns that were located close to a primary rail line, the population of Livingston grew slowly. Perhaps to compensate, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, which runs through Livingston, became the first turnpike, or toll road, in New Jersey

After the invention of the automobile and the construction of hard-surfaced highways, the area became a commuting suburb. The end of World War II saw housing developments replacing farms, and the town finally began to grow quickly. From 1950 to 1960, the population jumped from 9,932 people to 23,124 people, peaking in 1970 with 31,653.

According to the 2000 census, Livingston currently has a population of around 27,391 people. Like their forefathers, today's residents enjoy the twin benefits of a comfortable, peaceful suburban lifestyle with easy access to New York City and other areas of New Jersey.

The Force Homestead Museum, located on South Livingston Ave., is open to the public the second Sunday of each month for tours conducted by members of the Livingston Historical Society.

Commuter Amenities

Community Coach provides commuter service from Livingston into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, as well as service to Atlantic City

NJ Transit: You may want to ride the train to NYC from a nearby town for your daily commute, such as Millburn, South Orange, Chatham or Summit.Train schedules on NJ Transit to and from New York City, Newark Airport, and other destinations across NJ are available at the site.

PATH Trains: You may also wish to take the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Trans-Hudson Trains. The site includes map, timetables, fares and other information.

You can also take a nearby ferry from New Jersey to New York City. For information please see the websites for New York Waterway and New York Water Taxi.

Finally, interstates 80 and 280, the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Route 24 are all located conveniently close to Livingston.

Schools

Livingston boasts a highly rated public school system with six elementary schools, two middle schools (one for grade 6 and one for grades 7-8) and a comprehensive high school that received the US Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award in 1998.

Entertainment

The town's recreation program includes two community pools, a skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and youth and adult athletics. The town also boasts a bustling Senior and Community Center with plenty of leisure and recreation activities geared towards individuals of all ages.

If you like live theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse in nearby Millburn is one of the most highly-acclaimed non-profit regional theatres in the country, attracting red carpet stars including Liza Minnelli, Patrick Swayze, Chita Rivera and Kristin Chenoweth.

The Livingston Symphony Orchestra, serving New Jersey musicians and fans of classical music for over fifty years puts on 4 concerts per season with popular tunes appropriate for the whole family.

The Great Outdoors

Livingston boasts more than 470 acres of wooded parks with hiking trails. Many of the town's parks and open spaces are integrated with recreational and municipal sport facilities, including two swimming pools, baseball diamonds, soccer/lacrosse fields, a football field, basketball and tennis courts, a jogging track, a dog park, and a fishing/ice skating pond.

Riker Hill Park is a 200-acre park complex located along the border of Livingston and Roseland. It comprises three parks including Riker Hill Art Park, home to a multitude of studios in the disciplines of art and craft.

Shopping

There are numerous stores and restaurants located in Livingston, including three main shopping areas. The city center contains many small local shops and restaurants as well as the recently constructed Livingston Town Center. Livingston Mall is located in the southwest corner of the town and contains well-known department storesMacy's, Lord & Taylor and Sears. The final shopping area is located on the western side of town and contains many of the big-box stores you've come to rely on such asToys R Us, Best Buy, Home Depot, Costco, and Target.

Livingston is also a short drive from the popular Short Hills Mall. With valet parking, a relaxed atmosphere and 160 upscale stores selling luxury brands, Short Hills Mall is one of top shopping destination in the entire Northeast. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are just a few of the high-end brands available here.

Resources: Useful links and information

http://www.livingston.org - Website for the public school system

http://www.livingstonnj.org - Official town website

http://www.americantowns.com/nj/livingston/events - Events Calendar

http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainSchedulesTo - Train schedules on NJ Transit to and from New York City, Newark Airport, and other destinations across NJ

We are indebted to the City of Livingston website (http://www.livingstonnj.org), and Wikipedia( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livingston,_New_Jersey) as the source of some of this information.