Westwood, New Jersey is a small borough contained in the gateway region of New Jersey. Nicknamed the “Hub of Pascack Valley,” Westwood is a borough in Bergen County. The borough itself is approximately 2.3 square miles in size making it a small yet still densely populated town. Westwood began as a farming community however the town began to truly develop when the Hackensack and New York Railroad was completed in 1870, this railway is still in existence and is now called the Pascack Valley Line. By 1872, European style homes and industry buildings were congregating along the town’s Centre Avenue. On May 8, 1894 the town of Westwood had become independent, it broke away from the borough of Washington Township, becoming it’s own borough. Westwood continued to flourish throughout the 20th century and today represents a mature railway suburb covered in homes, industry, and municipal buildings.
By train- Westwood is served by the New Jersey Transit, on the Pascack Valley Line, located at Broadway and Westwood Ave. The line runs north and south to and from Hoboken and also connects with the Secaucus junction, which connects to New York Penn Station. The Pascack Valley Line leaves Hoboken at regular times during the weekday mornings and evenings. The Journey takes about an hour and costs about $7.
By Car- 1. From exit 168 off Garden State Parkway going north... turn right onto Washington Ave. (Rt. 502E). Travel approximately 2 miles down Washington Ave. to downtown Westwood and Center Ave.
2. From George Washington Bridge (approx. 15 miles)- take Rt. 4 west to Route 17 north. After about ¾ miles take Garden State Parkway north to exit 168. Take exit make right then follow Washington Ave. for two miles into the center of town.
-Alternate Route- Take Rt. 4 west to Hackensack. Then ¼ mile after River SIDE Square Mal take Kinderkamack R. (Rt. 503N). Go through River Edge, Oradell, and Emerson. Entering Westwood, take a left at second stop light into Westwood Ave. (main shopping street)
3. From Tappan Zee Bridge (approx. 15 miles) – take exit 12 (Palisades Mall) from I-287 and follow Rt. 59 west for approximately 3 miles. In NJ, Rt. 304 becomes Rt. 503 south. You will go through Montvale, Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, and Hillsdale into Westwood. Take first right at first light onto Westwood Ave. (main shopping street)
By Bus- Route 165 stops in downtown Westwood. Buses leave the Port Authority at regular intervals from gate 232 (gate 211 on Saturday). The Journey takes about an hour and costs about $5 dollars each way.
Westwood is small enough to get around entirely on foot. Most shops and restaurants are located in or on the perimeter of Westwood’s downtown. -If a car is necessary...
1. Enterprise Rent a Car- located at 255 Old Hook Rd. Westwood, NJ 07675
2. Town Hall and Police Station- can provide local maps and directions to all locations at- 101 Washington Ave. Westwood, NJ 07675
- 18th Century Mill at Bogart’s Pond- located at the intersection of Mill St. and First Ave. The mill once operated for 2 centuries only to be destroyed by an arsons fire. The Mill has since been renovated into a beautiful scenic waterfall, with a transcending bridge with repaired remnants of the mill that once sate at the base of the waterfall.
- Gazebo at Veteran’s Park- located adjacent to Westwood’s train station, it is a beautiful park that is used for community gatherings, flea markets, antique shows, and concerts routinely held in the park.
- Westwood Heritage Society Museum- in the Westwood Train station, this small museum documents Westwood’s history and historic events and figures. The museum is a great place to get a feel for what the town is all about and to gauge the town’s culture.
- Westwood’s scenic downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and stalls. Take in the Renaissance Architecture of the buildings in downtown Westwood.
- See a movie in Westwood’s theatre, the Pascack 6, at 182 Center St.
- Home for the Holidays- a Christmas celebration held annually which encompasses the entire downtown and surrounding area
Downtown Westwood is comprised of family-owned and corporate-owned businesses. There isn’t much that you can’t find in the town. If your looking for a florist, head to Westwood’s Best Floral. Mount Everest, is a ski and snowboard distributer, one of the best in New Jersey and is located in Westwood. Another well-known Westwood business is Westwood Cycle, a distributer of all things cycling. Also, a rare find in downtown Westwood is The Gem Mine, which sells rare and hard to find minerals, rocks, and metals. Shopping in Westwood could certainly become a day long event, with such a variety of stores it’s sure to have everything your searching for.
- Lisa’s Pizza: if you’re looking for a New York style slice of pizza, Lisa’s is the place for you. They serve subs, Italian dinners, and some of the best pizza pies in town. Great for a quick meal in Westwood and is a lunchtime favorite. 417 Broadway Ave.
- Tony D’s Pizza- The rivalry between pizza shops in Westwood is intense, using different ingredients to create a different pizza pie is Tony D’s specialty, they strive to stray from the norm to bring their customers an exceptional pizza. Great for dinner as the restaurant contains an extended dining room. 271 Center Ave.
- Goldberg’s Famous Bagels- this family owned Bagel Store is a must try if your in the Westwood area, they hand-make all their delicious bagels on location. They just opened up a new location as well in the heart of Westwood’s downtown. They serve the best bagels in town and as a result have very loyal customers, it’s easy to become one of these loyal customers if you give them a try.
- Furama Chinese Restaurant- while Furama is a chain restaurant, the Westwood location is especially upscale, with very friendly service and great portions of food. If you’re into sushi, then this is the place for you.
40 Washington Ave.
- It’s Greek to Me- with a Greek infused menu, the restaurant has a very open feel and serves great food. They serve some of the best lamb gyros in New Jersey. Just be sure to bring a bib, as Greek food tends to get a little messy. 487 Broadway Ave.
- PJ Finnegan’s- has a long history with the community both as a pub and restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Family owned, and as a result it’s possible to have the owner join you at the table for conversation and drink. 274 Fairview Ave.
- The Melting Pot- allows you to create your own dishes you choose ingredients to include in the “melting pot”, which is then turned into a delicious meal. Great place for the winter time, very hearty food. 250 Center Ave.
- The Iron Horse- has a long history within community, both as pub and restaurant, located very close to train station. This is the premier eating destination in Westwood’s downtown. 20 Washington Ave.
- PJ Finnegan’s- finding an open seat at the bear is often a challenge, great atmosphere, filled with friendly locals and great bartenders. A drink at Finnegan’s is always a good time. 274 Fairview Ave.
- The Iron Horse- again a local favorite with loyal and everyday customers, the pub looks and feels as if you are back in the early 1920s with its railway inspired décor. 20 Washington Ave.
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