The New Jersey Transit bus operates Route 114 which provides service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, making local stops at points in proximate communities. Unlike most towns along Route 22, zoning in Mountainside does not allow for much commercial development adjacent to the freeway. There is no train service in Mountainside, but residents can commute to the nearby Summit Train Station where they can take a train direct to Manhattan.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 11 miles (18 km) east of Mountainside.
The main shopping area is the three-block retail district on Mountain Avenue. It has been renovated with concrete paver sidewalks and Victorian style street lamps. The stores include The Bake Zone, Mazzella's Gourmet Market, Christoffer's Flowers & Gifts and a couple of restaurants including Publick House and Daimatsu Japanese Sushi Bar.
If you live in Mountainside, it's easy to enjoy the facilities offered by the Watchung Reservation. This incredibly beautiful 2,000-acre wooded reservation is ideal for horseback riding, hiking and fishing. It features an arboretum, athletic field, bridle trails, cross country ski course, nature trails, picnic areas, playground and the Deserted Village of Feltville. Located within the Reservation is The Watchung Riding Stable providing the opportunity to learn how to ride, enhance equestrian skills or just enjoy the natural beauty of the 26 miles of bridle paths that weave through the Reservation.
Mountainside Recreation Department provides a variety of programs and activities for borough residents of all ages. There are a variety of sports and fitness programs. A Community Room at Borough Hall is open for meetings and events. There is also a game room and senior fitness room available. Mountainside also maintains a community pool offering a 50-meter Olympic pool, diving tank, wading pools, water slides, basketball courts, locker rooms, snack bar, etc.
On the West side of town is Echo Lake Park, a beautiful 139-acre park with two lakes. There is boating, skating and fishing as well as picnic areas, ball fields, playgrounds and the Union County Memorial to September 11, 2001. Located in Echo Lake Park is also the dog park, a favorite place for local residents to bring their dogs with good facilities and a separate area for smaller dogs.
The children of residents benefit from an excellent school system and attend the Mountainside School District up until High School. Beechwood for Pre-K through 2nd Grade, followed by Deerfield from 3rd through 8th Grade. After that, public school students in 9th through 12th Grades attend Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. Students also have the choice to attend the programs of the Union County Vocational/Technical School which serves students from across Union County.
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