Residents in the Glen Ridge section "on the hill" became unhappy with their representation on the Bloomfield Council and in 1895, area residents marked out the boundaries of a 1.45 square mile area to secede from the adjoining town. At the
About Glen Ridge
The origin of Glen Ridge goes back to 1666 when a group of Connecticut families led by Robert Treat bought land from the Lennilenape Indians. The land purchased included the future towns of Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, and Nutley. When Bloomfield seceded in 1812, Glen Ridge was a section "on the hill" of farms and woodlands and a thriving industrial area along the Toney's brook in the Glen.
The arrival of the Newark and Bloomfield Railroad in 1856 and the New York, Montclair and Greenwood Lake Railroad in 1872, began a transition from farms and orchards to a suburban residential community.
1895 election, the decision to secede passed by twenty-three votes and Robert Rudd was elected the first mayor of Glen Ridge.
Today, the center of Glen Ridge offers neighborhood stores including a coffee shop, pharmacy, automobile repair shop, cleaners, nail salon, yoga studio, florist and
Glen Ridge also boasts several bank branches and a full service post office. Glen Ridge is only minutes away from the Township of Montclair's Restaurant Row and downtown shopping. Additionally, several major shopping malls, including the Garden State Plaza, Short Hills, Livingston and Willowbrook are all minutes away.
The Glen Ridge Recreation Program offers programs, activities, and park facilities available for enjoyment by Borough residents. The facilities include 9 parks, 4 schools, the town pool, and the Glen Ridge Senior Community Center. Included in the recreation areas are baseball, softball, soccer, football, field hockey and lacrosse fields, playgrounds, tennis and platform tennis courts, and a seasonal skate park.
Glen Ridge is on the Montclair Boonton Line. Commuters by NJ Transit train can arrive in midtown Manhattan in forty minutes. Weekday train service to Penn Station in New York and to Hoboken is available at the Ridgewood Avenue Train Station. Limited weekend service is provided as well.
Jitney Service: This program will provide Glen Ridge commuters transportation to the Ridgewood Avenue Train Station near the corner of Ridgewood and Bloomfield Avenues. The shuttle buses will make stops throughout the Borough.