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Living In: Bloomfield

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Bloomfield, New Jersey, is a township located within Essex County in the northeast section of the state of New Jersey. Those living in Bloomfield have a variety of transportation options available, including roads, highways, commuter rail, light rail, buses, and airports. The Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark / Elizabeth is less than eight miles away from Bloomfield, and for a larger number of flight options, LaGuardia Airport is less than thirty miles away in Flushing, Queens. Newark Light Rail services Bloomfield at the Grove Street Station (part of the Newark City Subway line). From this station, service is available to Newark Penn Station, which has only been available since 2002. A full commuter rail line is available to Bloomfield residents in two different areas--Bloomfield Avenue and Watsessing Avenue. Both lines are on the New Jersey Transit Montclair-Boonton Line, and they go to Hoboken Terminal, or to Penn Station (Midtown Manhattan) via Secaucus Junction. Those preferring the bus can utilize the New Jersey Transit bus service that runs to and from Newark. These routes include 11, 27. 28, 29, 34, 72, 90, 92, 93, 94, and 709, plus service to Newark Liberty International Airport (introduced in 2009). Via car, Bloomfield is accessible by the Garden State Parkway, County Road 506, 506 Spu, and 509. Living in Bloomfield allows access to Brookdale Park, which, at over 121 acres, is the third largest park in Essex County. No matter what you like to do, Brookdale Park likely has the amenities for you. There are soccer, softball, and baseball fields, 11 tennis courts, a 1.5 mile fitness course, archery field, and a mountain bike trail. You may relax on the picnic grounds, and stroll through the formal rose garden. For events, the Park has fireworks, in addition to summer concerts, a large Fourth of July celebration, an arts and crafts festival that is held annually, and bike and running races. The slightly smaller park of Watsessing is only 69 acres large, making it the fourth largest park in Essex County. The name comes from the Lenni Lenape Indians, and is thought to be attributed to the Third River, which flows through the town. The park itself was designed by the Olmsted Brothers (famous for designing NYC's Central Park) of Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1899. Fans of HBO's hit The Sopranos would find multiple parts of Bloomfield familiar, as the show filmed in the area multiple times. Most notably, the final scene of the series finale was filmed at Holsten's Brookdale Confectionery.

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