The Borough of Fanwood NJ is a small village-type town with all the friendliness that suggests. It is bordered by Scotch Plains NJ on three sides, and the two towns share excellent schools and prized recreation facilities. Fanwood has its own Library, shopping area and parks, and hosts the historic train station that serves residents of both Fanwood and Scotch Plains who commute to Newark and NYC as well as points south.
The Victorian Gothic Station on the north side of the tracks (westbound) was established in 1895 (when Fanwood incorporated as its own town, separate from the area now known as Scotch Plains) and has been meticulously maintained. Today, it serves as a Community Center, with the ticket office now housed in the station building on the south side of the tracks (eastbound platform). It takes from 47 to 50 minutes to get to NYC by train.* (more about mass transportation below)
Fanwood is 9.5 square miles and home to 7000 residents who live in Cape Cods, Colonials, Victorians, and ranches on lovely tree-lined streets. Primarily residential, Fanwood has a small commercial area on South Ave. and no industry.
Fanwood residents are very neighborly and like to get together, and their caring spirit is alive and well, as evidenced by the number of residents who volunteer in the schools, the YMCA, and in putting together recreational activities for the town. LaGrande Park hosts free movies in the Summer, and everyone in town looks forward to Fanny Wood Day–which starts with a pancake breakfast and ends in a spectacular fireworks display. The Memorial Day Parade and Halloween Costume Parade are much-anticipated by children and adults alike, and are well-attended.
Parents in Fanwood are very involved in their children’ education, insisting that their children are prepared for the competitive endeavor of getting into a top-notch college. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High school employs a battery of experienced, well-regarded guidance professionals to accomplish that goal, and Fanwood parents hold them to a very high standard–which they inevitably meet.
In summary, Fanwood is a small town that honors its residents, and readily embraces newcomers.
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*Mass Transportation: NJ Transit provides service to Penn Station in Newark, and from there to the Hoboken Terminal or to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Currently, during rush hour, riders need to transfer at Newark to proceed to Midtown Manhattan. The Raritan Valley Railroad Coalition (RVRC) has been promoting economic benefits of one-seat service to New York City since 1998. At this time, the RVRC has succeeded in achieving one-seat service during off peak hours during week. There are 9 trains in each direction that go to NYC without the riders needing to transfer at Newark Penn Station. The RVRC is working to extend such one-seat service during rush hours.
NJ Transit also offers bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC on the #113, and local service on the #822.