Orange is small in size with just 2.2 square miles, but large in possibility with only 26 mins to NYC via train! It has a vibrant and traditional main street with a historic library, post office, train station and retail buildings. This makes Orange an easy commute and one of the more affordable options this close to NYC. There is a 20 min drive to the Newark International Airport.
Once known as the “hat manufacturing capital of the world”, commerce in Orange today includes commercial printing, photographic processing, building material supply, assembly and light manufacturing businesses. In the Valley Arts District, a 15 block area between West Orange and S. Orange, the arts are being used to revitalize the economy and structures of the City. The Arts District organization says, “The neighborhood is culturally and economically diverse. It is full of longtime residents as well as new families drawn here by the interesting opportunities available. By utilizing creativity, the arts, and relationship-building, we strive to be an active community partner in this diverse and vibrant neighborhood.” Former manufacturing buildings have been turned into spaces for creative ventures and artists. There is live theater, artist exhibition spaces and even a boxing gym, BRWL. Garden State Kitchen, for example, provides incubation space for culinary businesses.
The historic Seven Oaks section has grand homes and wonderful access to Monte Irvin Park and the train station. Many are being renovated by newcomers or investors.
Orange also offers the benefit of bordering South Orange, West Orange, Montclair, Bloomfield and all of the amazing offerings of these towns. We predict a lot of exciting changes for Orange in the next few years.
Orange has a unique community with a range of fun local businesses including Hat City Kitchen restaurant which offers live music complemented by American comfort foods influenced from the south and New Orleans. Four City Brewing Co (aptly named after the four Oranges) brews craft beers with beer names, music and art a reflection of the vibrant local art and music communities in the Oranges. Star Tavern has some of the BEST pizza in NJ! Here are some of our favorite spots in Orange.
News and events of the City of Orange can be found here at The Essex Daily.
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