List of neighborhoods in Edison, New Jersey

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Metuchen lies at the geograhic center of Edison

Edison, New Jersey is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey in central New Jersey. The township was originally founded as the settlement of Piscatawaytown, a small neighborhood that still exists within it,[1][2][3] and incorporated as Raritan Township on March 17, 1870.[4]

As of the 2010 United States Census, Edison had a total population of 99,967, making it the fifth-most populous municipality in New Jersey.[5][6] Edison's population reached 100,000 in 2010 and had increased to a Census-estimated 100,693 by 2018. The township had a total area of 30.638 square miles (79.351 km2).[7]

Edison is crisscrossed by several major roads, including Interstate 287, the New Jersey Turnpike, U.S. Route 1, Route 27, and Route 440, with various sections and neighborhoods interspersed between them.[2] Large acreages of the closed Raritan Arsensal, Camp Kilmer and the Edison Assembly have given way to mixed-use projects.

Some historical communities date to the 17th century; until the 20th century the township was a collection of "crossroad" communities.[8] The sprawling township does not have an actual "downtown".[9][10][11] A section of Raritan Township was taken to form Metuchen on March 20, 1900. While it is a separate municipality, it remains fully enclaved by and is the geographic center of Edison,[10] a so-called 'doughnut' town.[12][13][14][15]

List of sections and neighborhoods[edit]

Name Image Coordinate Notes References
Bonhamtown Main Street at Morris Avenue in Bonhamton 40°31′24″N 74°21′28″W / 40.52333°N 74.35778°W / 40.52333; -74.35778 The neighborhood began as colonial village that was part of Woodbridge Township.[16][17] It is named after Nicholas Bonham, a freeholder from the 17th century. Along with New Dover, New Durham, and Stelton it is one of the older historical communities established in the colonial era. [18][19][8][20][2][21][22][1]
Camp Kilmer site 40°31′15″N 74°24′47″W / 40.52083°N 74.41306°W / 40.52083; -74.41306 Abutting the Livingston Campus (Rutgers University) in Piscataway, the Edison portion of the former military base has been redeveloped, partially as housing. [23][24][25]
Clara Barton Amboy Avenue 40°32′03″N 74°20′22″W / 40.53417°N 74.33944°W / 40.53417; -74.33944 Named for Clara Barton. Located in the eastern part of the sprawling township, Clara Barton is more urban in its density and has a small central business district on Amboy Avenue.[26] The "village-like" section of is separated from the township's bustling highways and stretches of retail and is home to one of the township's three public libraries.[27] The Middlesex Greenway runs through the neighborhood. [28][19][2]
Greensand Entrance to Kin Buc Landfill.jpg 40°29′30″N 74°23′14″W / 40.49167°N 74.38722°W / 40.49167; -74.38722 Site of the Kin-Buc Landfill, where Edmonds Creek mouths at the Raritan River. Heller Industrial Park is a built on a former sand mine.[29] [30][31][2][32]
Haven Homes 40°30′34″N 74°24′23″W / 40.50944°N 74.40639°W / 40.50944; -74.40639 [33][34][2]
Lahiere 40°31′08″N 74°24′09″W / 40.51889°N 74.40250°W / 40.51889; -74.40250 Lahiere is a neighbohood in the Stelton section near Edison station. [35][36][2]
Lincoln Park 40°31′08″N 74°24′09″W / 40.51889°N 74.40250°W / 40.51889; -74.40250 [35][36][2]
Lindenau 40°30′54″N 74°24′40″W / 40.51500°N 74.41111°W / 40.51500; -74.41111 Lindenauis a neighborhood of the Stelton section near Edison station. [37][38][2]
Martins Landing 40°29′35″N 74°23′59″W / 40.49306°N 74.39972°W / 40.49306; -74.39972 Located on the northern banks of the Raritan River at the mouth Martins Creek between the Basilone and Goodkind bridges. [39][40][2]
Menlo Park 40°33′54″N 74°20′15″W / 40.56500°N 74.33750°W / 40.56500; -74.33750Coordinates: 40°33′54″N 74°20′15″W / 40.56500°N 74.33750°W / 40.56500; -74.33750 Menlo Park is where, in 1876, Thomas Edison set up his home and research laboratory. [41]
Menlo Park Mall 40°32′18″N 74°22′43″W / 40.53833°N 74.37861°W / 40.53833; -74.37861 Super regional shopping mall on U.S. Route 1 at Parsonage Road, proposed in 1953,[42] opened in 1959.
Metropark 40°34′05″N 74°19′47″W / 40.56808°N 74.329795°W / 40.56808; -74.329795 Largely located in neighboring Iselin, the office park built around Metropark station on New Jersey Route 27
Middlesex County College Middlesex County CC-NJ.jpg 40°30′21″N 74°21′58″W / 40.50583°N 74.36611°W / 40.50583; -74.36611 Sited 159 acres (64 ha) of the former Raritan Arsenal.[43]
New Dover 40°35′06″N 74°20′36″W / 40.58500°N 74.34333°W / 40.58500; -74.34333 The neighborhood began as colonial village that was part of adjacent Woodbridge Township.[16][17] [44][45][2]
New Durham New Durham Road 40°32′37″N 74°24′22″W / 40.54361°N 74.40611°W / 40.54361; -74.40611 [46][47][2][8]
Nixon 40°30′51″N 74°22′03″W / 40.51417°N 74.36750°W / 40.51417; -74.36750 [48][45][8]
North Edison 40°36′00″N 74°22′39″W / 40.60000°N 74.37750°W / 40.60000; -74.37750 [49][50][2]
Oak Tree SHORT HILLS BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC DISTRICT, MIDDLESEX COUNTY.jpg 40°34′40″N 74°22′36″W / 40.57778°N 74.37667°W / 40.57778; -74.37667 An area of the battlefield of the Oak Tree Engagement, part of the Battle of Short Hills, encompassing about 300 acres (120 ha) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 as the Short Hills Battlefield Historic District.[51] Oak Tree Pond Park is used as a reenactment site.[52][53] [54][45][2]
Oak Tree Road Saravana Bhavan restaurant off Oak Tree Road in Edison Shopping strip runs through Edison and neighboring Iselin[55][56][57] and is considered the largest and most diverse South Asian cultural hub in the United States.[58][59]
Phoenix 40°31′47″N 74°20′28″W / 40.52972°N 74.34111°W / 40.52972; -74.34111 Located in the western part of the township, Phoenix is a just adjacent to Clara Barton south of the Middlesex Greenway and north of Interstate 287. [60][61][2]
Piscataway 2018-05-20 15 40 12 View north along Middlesex County Route 529 (Plainfield Avenue) just north of Middlesex County Route 514 (Woodbridge Avenue) in Edison Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey.jpg 40°30′06″N 74°23′45″W / 40.50167°N 74.39583°W / 40.50167; -74.39583 This is the oldest neighborhood in Edison. Along with Quibbletown and Raritan Landing Piscataway town was an early village in Piscataway. Comprising former sections of Piscataway and Woodbridge townships, Edison was settled (by Europeans) in the 17th century. Piscataway is centered around St. James Church and the Piscatawaytown Common, near the intersection of Plainfield and Woodbridge Avenues. [2][62][52][63][1]
Potters 40°35′37″N 74°21′41″W / 40.59361°N 74.36139°W / 40.59361; -74.36139 In the northern part of the township Potters was once known as Potters Crossing, and may been an African-American community as early as the 1800s.[64] Centered around Iman Avenue and Grove Street[65] it is believed seven upper-middle-class families moved to the village from Harlem in 1917. The community grew in the 1920s, with families from the South. By the 1940s, it had more than 1,500 residents and included three churches and a volunteer fire department.[66][67] The neighborhood was dispersed during an urban renewal project in the 1960s.[64] [68][61][2]
Pumptown Park Avenue at Plainfield Road 40°33′47″N 74°22′24″W / 40.56306°N 74.37333°W / 40.56306; -74.37333 Pumptown is a residential neighborhood with a suburban population density. Housing is primarily made up of medium-sized to large occupied single-family homes and townhomes. Many of the residences in the Pumptown neighborhood are older and well-established, built between 1940 and 1969. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.[69] [70][61][2]
Raritan Center Welcome sign at entrance to Raritan Center 40°31′21″N 74°20′16″W / 40.52250°N 74.33778°W / 40.52250; -74.33778 Sited on part if the former Raritan Arsenal,[43] the Raritan Center Business Park is a 2,300-acre logistics center with office buildings and millions of square feet of light manufacturing or distribution. It provides services fo transload, cross-dock, warehousing and “3PL” service providers operations. It is home to regional distribution facilities for world class organizations including FedEx, The Home Depot, Certainteed, Arizona Beverages, among others.[71]
Raritan Manor 40°32′11″N 74°20′12″W / 40.53639°N 74.33667°W / 40.53639; -74.33667 [72][73][2]
Sand Hills 40°31′30″N 74°19′10″W / 40.52500°N 74.31944°W / 40.52500; -74.31944 Sand Hills is a neighborhood straddling Edison and adjacent Woodbridge. [74][75][2][76]
Silver Lake 40°29′46″N 74°24′10″W / 40.4962087°N 74.4028126°W / 40.4962087; -74.4028126 (Silver Lake, Edison) A small lake of same name borders the neighborhood. [77]
Stelton 40°30′51″N 74°24′13″W / 40.51417°N 74.40361°W / 40.51417; -74.40361 One the oldest parts of Edison. [78][79][80]
Valentine Amboy Avenue in Valentine 40°31′51″N 74°19′32″W / 40.53083°N 74.32556°W / 40.53083; -74.32556 Valentine is adjacent to the Fords section of Woodbridge. [81][79][2]
Vineyard Village 40°31′29″N 74°22′32″W / 40.524728°N 74.3756127°W / 40.524728; -74.3756127 (Vineyard Village) Adjacent to former Edison Assembly. Edward Antill, a colonial politician, owned large tracts of land (800 acres) in what was then Piscataway, including vineyards. [8][82]
Washington Park 40°30′50″N 74°23′54″W / 40.51389°N 74.39833°W / 40.51389; -74.39833 Washington Park is to the east of Stelton. [83][84][2]

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