Closter is a special place. The Borough of Closter, New Jersey is located in scenic Bergen County, which is just to the Northwest of New York City. With its richness in ethnicity and cultural diversity, Closter is a delightful place to live. Closter is set on 3.3 square miles of open space and woodlands. A good number of the historic buildings and landscapes have arisen within Closter over the past 300 years still remain as a testimony of the past defining who we are today. In Closter you can walk to the old Closter City train depot- a symbol of one of the most significant eras in our history. The borough itself is rich in early Dutch Sandstone houses. Until recently, Closter came in second as the municipality richest in stone houses; sadly, we now are first because Dutch Sandstones elsewhere in Bergen County continue to fall to the bulldozer.
The Closter Public Schools are a community public school district that educates students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Hillside Elementary School serves 558 students in grades Pre K – 4th grade. Last year Hillside Elementary School introduced a new Preschool Program for three- and four-year olds with special needs and their typically developing peers. Hillside Elementary School has been recognized as a Top 10 School for elementary school for overall student performance in 2013. Students attend Tenakill Middle School for grades 5 -8th. Since there is no high school in Closter the students attend Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest.
The New Jersey Transit 167 and 177 bus routes provide service along Schraalenburgh Road to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Coach USA’s Red and Tan Lines also provide service from Closter to the Port Authority Bus Terminal via the 20 and 14E bus routes, with limited service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station offered pm the 84 route.
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