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Living in South Orange NJ

South Orange History

South Orange which spills down the steep side of South Mountain, once advertised itself as the “Switzerland of America.” Due to its elevation the town boasts views of the New York City Skyline from many locations. It is a small town with an early 1900’s ambiance and many historical homes and buildings which emulate the charm of Early America. A central down town shopping area is full of many restaurants, local boutiques, galleries, and things to do. The town has two main train stations, South Mountain and South Orange Ave Station. The South Orange Village Hall, built in 1894, is one of many homes and buildings recorded on the National Register of Historic Places.

Robert Treat, the founder of Newark, first bought the land that included South Orange from the Lenape Indians in 1666. The village, originally named Chestnut Hills, got its name from a 17th-century English king, William III of Orange. The first English settlers built a few homes immediately and the “Old Stone House”, a portion of it believed to predate the Revolutionary War, still stands near Grove Park, adjacent to Seton Hall.

South Orange first experienced a spurt of growth in the late 19th century which transformed much of its open farmland into broad streets, lined with large homes on large lots. South Orange Village is now a convenient commuter suburb with stunning views of the New York Skyline. The town has retained its original character and the 1400 Gas Street Lamps has long been the symbol of South Orange, New Jersey.


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South Orange Arts and Entertainment

“Pierro Gallery of South Orange” href=”http://www.pierrogallery.org/”>Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) is a local gallery that exhibits the work of diverse, established and emerging visual artists in a friendly venue. Though there is a special sensitivity toward regional artists, the Gallery is open to considering the work of any visual artist for exhibition. The town also offers a weekly free concert in the summer months, held at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park.

SOPAC- South Orange Performing Arts Center was opened in 2006 and stands as the towns commitment to developing the Fine Arts in the community. SOPAC education provides culturally enriching experiences for students of all ages. School Performances provide an educational resource for students and teachers by offering performances that complement the New Jersey State learning curriculum. ArtWorks is a performing arts training and leadership program for students between the ages of 9-17, who are interested in creating original theater, as well as learning performance, back-stage and producing skills needed to put on a performance.TADA! Youth Theater comes to SOPAC from New York City to present musical theater classes led by caring, highly-skilled teaching artists, providing students with the opportunity to thrive both on stage and in life.


Highlights in South Orange

South Orange is home to Little League dads and soccer moms who hustle to the New Jersey Transit Morris and Essex Line’s express train every morning. Known as a lively arts community, South Orange is regarded as a cultural and social melting pot. (One of the first same-sex civil unions in New Jersey was performed in South Orange in February 2007.)The town has a municipal swimming pool open to all residents. The South Orange Community Pool is located within the Cameron Field complex, across from The Baird, 5 Mead Street. Along with the pool, Cameron Field includes a regulation baseball diamond, tennis courts, a children’s playground and field sports area.

In regards to summer day camp the town offers a seven week, half-day, program for South Orange children who are 4 years of age (by October 1, 2012) through 8th grade (in September, 2012). The children are separated into groups by age/grade and will meet each day in a designated area within the Meadowland Park/Cameron Field complex in South Orange. The program provides the children with a variety of planned activities, including games, sports, music, art, swimming, special events and field trips. While each day is planned, there is time built in for children to just play and enjoy the lazy days of summer, creating their own fun under the supervision of camp counselors. The Baird also offers a preschool program for all south orange residents and the Book Arts Roundtable. The Round Table was formed to provide a place where artist’s interested in making books, beginning bookbinders and people who just plain love books and paper could gather and share their work.


South Orange Recreation

Pre-K Soccer
Hands Off Soccer For Pre-K
Cougar Soccer Club
South Orange Maplewood Baseball
Maplewood South Orange Girls Softball
Maplewood South Orange Packers Youth Football & Cheerleading
Maplewood Lacrosse Club

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Commuting South Orange to New York City

Located just 18 miles from midtown New York this quaint suburban village offers a 30 minute train ride into Pennsylvania Station via the New Jersey Transit Morristown Line, or a quick commute into Hoboken for the local PATH Train. On weekdays there are 24 Midtown Direct trains to Pennsylvania Station and 38 trains run daily to Hoboken and PATH trains. Local residents need not worry about parking at the train station because the three local jitney service takes commuters from Montrose, Newstead and Tuxedo Park into the South Orange Train Station. If parking is a must, permits for three municipal parking lots cost $270 a year.For those residents looking for a bus into Manhattan New Jersey Transit Bus Lines 92 and 107 frequent every corner. On average the bus is a 45 minute ride.The commute costs $6.75 for the train and $6.50 for the bus into Manhattan. Each line charges $154 for a monthly pass and the Jitney is $150 for a 12 month pass or $1.00 for one way.


Religious Organizations in South Orange

There are 20 religious organizations which Service the South Orange community: 12 Churches, 4 Catholic Churches, 3 Synagogues,and 1 Baptist Church.

51.26% of the people in Sout Orange,NJ (zip 07079) are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion.
32.61% are Catholic
0.08% are LDS
2.26% are another Christian faith
8.35% are Jewish
0.02% are an eastern faith
2.43% affilitates with Islam

( source sperling Best Places to Live).