The appeal of Westfield for New York City transplants is understandable, as this central Union County town offers characteristics typically associated with urban living — a bustling downtown, a vibrant cultural scene and good transportation options — along with many benefits of suburban living, like attractive homes, well-regarded schools and a sense of community. Westfield is big enough that there are a lot of ways to get connected, but small enough to feel like you can really get to know everyone.
Westfield’s downtown includes national department and chain stores, as well as local mom-and-pop shops and highly rated restaurants. Town residents and officials are eagerly awaiting the imminent opening of Addams Tavern, a two-story American bistro that is the latest offering by the Harvest Restaurant Group, based in Morris Plains, N.J.
The town has a community theater, a movie house, an orchestra, and many other musical and arts events, like a summer jazz series where live bands play in five downtown locations on Tuesday nights.
There are nine parks in town, and the private Echo Lake Country Club.
Many residents belong to the Westfield Memorial Pool and the huge Westfield Memorial Library holds around 250,000 books and offers numerous programs for adults and children.
Town wide events, like the Downtown Westfield 5K Run and Pizza Extravaganza in July and the Halloween parade, draw thousands of participants from around the region.
The district has 10 schools, including the Lincoln Early Childhood Learning Center, for centralized prekindergarten and kindergarten, six elementary schools for first to fifth graders, two middle schools for Grades 6 to 8, and Westfield High School.
Commute to NYC:
The drive of around 24 miles to Manhattan takes about 40 minutes, traffic permitting. New Jersey Transit trains run from Westfield to New York's Penn Station, with a transfer in Newark during commuter hours.