Blog post courtesy of Sal Poliandro of BC Home Team
Just a short 45-minute drive from Manhattan, with arching trees over its streets, converted old houses, and the charm and ambiance of an old country hamlet is a small, 6.7 square mile township. Wyckoff, NJ is rich in history and the place I proudly call my home. Not only has my wonderful town been named to lists such as #5 on the ‘Best Place To Live’ by New Jersey Monthly in 2015 and #4 on the list of Value Penguin’s “2016 Safest Places in New Jersey” (for Mid-Sized Communities) this community has a country-feel with many famous, in infamous alike, past and current residents.
Wyckoff is all about community, and it’s not uncommon for residents to pick up and help each other and spend countless hours volunteering. One of the many events you can expect to find your neighbors and friends volunteering at is the annual Team Up To Tidy Up, where volunteers of all ages come out to help clean up litter in the community each April, since 1989. Even the PTO’s of our schools set the bar high, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for programs and equipment through fundraisers and the operation of the Wyckoff PTO Economy Shop, which donates 100% of its profits back to the schools. Even our parks benefit from the love of our community, with engineering services, labor and materials donated to help build our 12-acre recreational facility and our volunteer organization, Partners in Pride, raised nearly $400,000 to help in the additional costs in
The natural scenic setting of this community offers a wide variety of outdoor activities from Wyckoff Community Playground to the Pulis Artificial Turf Lacrosse & Soccer Field. It’s also not uncommon to see pickup baseball games or soccer games taking place one of two fields at the Memorial Town Hall Complex. For those that love nature, the 81-acre park, James A. McFaul Environmental Center, provides visitors with native woodlands, gardens, and a 2.5 –acre waterfowl pond, nature trails, and natural science exhibits.
To get a real feel for Wyckoff, stop by a hidden gem, Abma’s Farm, where not only will you find fresh from the farm produce, but also a large petting zoo for the kids, and fresh baked goods. Don’t forget to try the fresh orange juice and lemonade.
There are many one of a kind restaurants and cafes, rich in history and local flair located in the heart of Wyckoff. Aldo’s, an Italian establishment on Franklin Avenue. The Brick House, a fine dining restaurant located in a beautiful home erected in 1851 offers something for everyone, and is a local favorite. Another one of the many popular eateries is the Blue Moon Mexican Café, where you can enjoy great Mexican food at their weekly happy hour, plan a party for you and your friends or call for delivery the Wyckoff area. One of the true gems of the town, and rich in history beyond your wildest dreams, is The Barn. Originally built in 1779 as a dairy barn, then converted to a 1920’s speakeasy before converting to its current status as a restaurant and bar. Unique to The Barn is the bar which is built from an old farm wagon which is still standing today with its original wheels intact and the booths that are old cow stalls. This is a great place to enjoy good times and great food.