I talk about Montclair here a lot because, well, I live here, and sometimes Glen Ridge – our lovely neighbor to the east – does not get its due.
The great thing about Glen Ridge is that it’s small and quietly awesome. Close enough to Montclair (and Bloomfield) to benefit from all the restaurants, art offerings, park space and activities, but also a little haven unto itself, with its own country club, gas-lit streets and engaged community.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that Glen Ridge ended up in Realtor Magazine’s top 12 hottest zip codes in the entire country. It’s magical. Some of my favorite things: First, the Freeman Gardens – a tucked away little rose sanctuary that is delightfully meditative; Fitgerald’s pub, a great place for brunch or a beer; and finally (this is sort of a “thing” of mine), the way the town deals with refuse. I just recently found out that not only does Glen Ridge have a monthly designated day where residents can put bulky, unwanted items out on the curb for pick-up, they actually have an online register where you can list the items you’re discarding, so people can come by and pick up stuff that might be useful to them. It’s called the Glen Ridge Freecycle Program, and for inveterate yard sale junkies, it’s nothing short of inspired.
So, yay for you 07028! I’m sorry I neglect you sometimes. You certainly don’t deserve it.
*Photo from Glen Ridge town website.