OAKLAND

Oakland is a nice town located next to Franklin Lakes, Pompton Lakes, and Mahwah. The town is fairly spread out but there is a nice center of the town feel near its main shopping center, the Copper Tree Mall. There are many store and places to eat in the strip mall including a Staples, Muscle Maker Grill, and many others. Conveniently located in the mall is an MV Center that tends to be less busy than many others because it does not offer road drivers tests. Located in a smaller strip mall nearby is the pizza place Juniors, a local's favorite.

 

Oakland’s school system includes three elementary schools, one common middle school, and a choice of two public high schools, either Ramapo or Indian Hills high schools. Indian Hills high School is in Oakland very close to the main center of towns and has an enrollment of about 1,200. In addition to the two public high schools, there are many private high schools in the area for both girls and boys such as Don Bosco in Ramsey or Immaculate Heart Academy in the Township of Washington.

 

The major highway route 287 runs through the town which connects it to much of Bergen county. Oakland has a commuter bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC and a NJ Transit bus that takes people around NJ. Residents can access the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport for any of their far away traveling needs. Oakland has an active recreational department offering many sports for all seasons, and they even have a baseball parade for all the teams in the town. Oakland also has a bowling alley in town called Holiday Bowl which is great for kids’ birthday parties or if you just want to go somewhere on a rainy day. Oakland as a town hosts many events throughout the year including a Halloween Parade, and a town Carnival.

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History

There are two stories as to why city officials changed the name from Broadway Hill to Capitol Hill. Some say that the original developer’s wife simply liked the way it sounded, while others think he hoped that the state would actually move the capitol to that area. In its early days, the neighborhood was certainly ritzy enough to be the political center of the state. Huge houses were built, which led to the nickname of “Millionaires’ Row” in one area. After World War II, a great number of apartment buildings were constructed, changing the demographics. These two cultures are still reflected today.

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Vibe

Capitol Hill is funky and fast-paced, with an endless number of cool blocks to explore and, unfortunately, a limited number of parking spaces. During the day, markets, boutiques, and salons are a big draw. Nightlife is hopping with clubs, bars, and music venues, and you’ll often find coffee shops that moonlight as cocktail lounges. Individuality and fashion statements are encouraged, and there always seems to be some sort of block party or community forum to encourage residents and visitors to mix and mingle.

Activities and attractions

Since the area is known for its music scene, make sure to check out a concert at one of the venues like Neumo’s, pick through a record store like Sonic Boom, or do the extreme and attend the Capitol Hill Block Party in July. You can also say hello to the Jimi Hendrix statue on the corner of Broadway and Pine. If you’re into film, see a movie at the Landmark Harvard Exit – a classic building turned into theaters. Despite being one of the most densely populated areas of the city, Capitol Hill also has a surprising amount of green space, including Volunteer Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Interlaken Park, not to mention the Washington Parks Arboretum on the northeast corner.

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Demographics

68

Livability

A+

Amenities

F

Cost of living

F

Crime

B

Education

B

Employment

B-

Housing

C

Weather

Capitol Hill Schools

The Capitol Hill neighborhood has numerous high quality schools in the area as well as in the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods.

Stevens Elementary School

• Public • Grades K-5 
• 365 students • 15 student/teacher

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Stevens Elementary School

• Public • Grades K-5 
• 365 students • 15 student/teacher

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Lowell Elementary School

• Public • Grades PK-5 
• 286 students • 14 student/teacher

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Lowell Elementary School

• Public • Grades PK-5 
• 286 students • 14 student/teacher

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