Boonton is just 2.45 square miles, but it’s got so much to offer.
If you want to know more about what makes Boonton such an amazing place to live and visit, you need to check out its thriving downtown, with an exciting Main Street full of businesses of all kinds. There is so much to do. A walk down Main will take you past a traditional New Jersey diner, acclaimed restaurants, fun and funky boutiques, antique stores, the historic Darress Theatre, the town Library, coffee shops, galleries, local pubs, and off-beat businesses like the Culture Cabin, where you can participate in everything from jewelry making to building with Legos. This is the kind of place where the best sandwiches in town can coexist with a drum shop – at Don’s Sandwich Shop and Drummer’s Corner – and it makes perfect sense because Boonton is home to so much music and great food! (As their website puts it “Just imagine, you can take a lesson, check out the merchandise, have your drum repaired, talk drums and enjoy a delicious sandwich. It is the best of both worlds!”)
Main Street Pride
It’s impossible to mention Boonton’s downtown without giving credit to the The Boonton Main Street organization. They keep the downtown’s heart beating strong. with support for the local businesses and a year-round calendar of fun events; and community events are the glue that brings the town together. Concerts in the park, an annual Art Walk through the town’s many galleries, parades and classic car shows are just some of what’s offered. There’s always somewhere to go and something to do. There are also many opportunities to get involved. The town offers 5 volunteer fire departments, civic organizations, church groups, an active historical society and a vibrant local arts scene.
|The old Firehouse/Maxfield’s|
One of the downtown’s newest additions is Maxfield’s on Main – which offers drinks, small plates and live Blues, Jazz and Rock in Boonton’s Victorian era firehouse. The owners have restored it beautifully, which is part of the overwhelming local interest in preserving Boonton’s beautiful historic buildings. Another recent preservation success is the library’s successful campaign for a Historic Preservation Trust Fund grant of $292,480. This money will be used to update the building while preserving its character.
A Haven for Commuters
|The Darress Theater|
Another of Boonton’s advantages is a great location and easy access to public transportation. Boonton offers convenient major highway access and Mid-Town direct buses and trains, but without being a boring “bedroom community” for commuters. This is a town where you can work all day in the City, take a relaxing train ride home and then have a nice walk to dinner, see a show at the Darress or enjoy Happy Hour at Sharkey’s.
High Performing Schools
Boonton Schools are also a strength that I make sure to mention when asked about Boonton. Under the leadership of Superintendant Christine Johnson, the whole district has been thriving for the past 4 years. Exciting new programs, above average test scores, acceptances to prestigious Universities and state-of-the-art computer labs have proven that Boonton Schools are a crowning jewel of the community. This year, Boonton High School was named among the finalists for the National Principals Leadership Institute’s annual acknowledgement of significant positive change in schools. It has also been declared a “High Performing District” by the New Jersey Department of Education.
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