Most residents of Maplewood think of their town as a suburb of Brooklyn, especially those who have followed the typical migration pattern of moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Maplewood, which they see as an extension of the hip, cultured, community-involved lifestyle they’d grown accustomed to in New York.
Families have moved to Maplewood from various enclaves of the city seeking the same kind of life in a suburban setting, which happens to be a beautiful setting, with parks and rolling hills and colonial houses.
There’s an amazing community of people who are artists or actors. In addition to biannual art walks, community art centers and artists’ studios throughout town, Maplewood’s artistic nature is reflected in an underground passage leading to the train station, which has been painted with murals and mosaics by local artists and organizations. You will find annual block parties, concerts in the park, and annual road races. The community events are ongoing. The shopping and dining choices are extensive and eclectic.
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The School District of South Orange and Maplewood serves more than 6,800 students in nine schools, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The community and its schools are racially and economically diverse with more than 90 percent of Columbia High School graduates planning to attend college each year.
Commute to NYC:
Train - Maplewood commuters can travel to NY via New Jersey Transit by two different train lines; The Morristown Line and The Gladstone Branch line. The Morristown Line is better known as The "Midtown Direct" which provides service to Penn Station 34th Street without any transfers and in a commute time of about 38minutes.The Gladstone Branch line provides service to Hoboken with 2 direct trains into Penn Station 34th Street. In Hoboken, one can connect to either the PATH or Light Rail along with Ferry access via the Waterway.
Jitney - Maplewood residents also have the luxury of a town jitney that assists commuters in getting to the Maplewood train station. The jitney goes to and from the station at peak commuting hours.