The township of Cedar Grove is a suburban community in northeastern Essex County, New Jersey. Located just 15 miles west of New York City, many people commute downtown for work but enjoy the small-town atmosphere of Cedar Grove. The residential community is tucked between the first and second chains of the Watchung Mountains and spans roughly 4.5 square miles. Residents have easy access to several transportation routes including Route 3, 23, 46, and 280. Cedar Grove has been described as "Beautiful Suburbia" by the Star Ledger because of its stunning parks, tree-lined streets, and similarity to a Norman Rockwell painting. Cedar Grove apartments for rent are ideal for families and young professionals who work in the Big Apple. According to City-Data.com, the estimated population in 2010 was about 12,400.
In 1905, Cedar Grove was known for its thriving cotton and brush factories and boasted a population of about 400 people. The community was named after the cedar trees that covered the valley and hillsides of the area. By 1908, the township of Cedar Grove was incorporated by New Jersey Legislature. The most well-known history of Cedar Grove is centered on Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook, which is said to have hosted the first national telecast of dance music. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and Woody Herman appeared at the club.
Essex County is home to the No. 1 rated zoo in New Jersey by NJ Monthly Magazine - Turtle Back Zoo. The zoo has various fun events for the family year round, and it also offers education on wildlife. Residents in Cedar Grove rentals and homes take pride in the environment around them, which is why the parks system is so well established in the county. In Cedar Grove, the Hilltop and Mills reservations offer more than 440 acres of parkland combined. There are also several golf courses in the area frequented by Cedar Grove residents.
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