Welcome to Glen Rock

This suburb has repeatedly been dubbed one of the best places to live in New Jersey—great schools, a downtown area and diversity help explain why.




A 2015 New York Times article described Glen Rock as “walkable, with diverse housing,” two qualities that undoubtedly draw in many a folk. But for those who may still be questioning the appeal of this 2.7-square-mile borough, know that Glen Rock received just as high accolades in 2018, garnering an A+ and ranking as the fifth best place to live in Bergen County and the 19th best in New Jersey on niche.com’s “Best Places to Live in New Jersey.” Glen Rock also boasts top-ranked schools, a downtown area and plenty more for locals to enjoy. 

  • Established: 1894
  • Population: 11,962
  • Web: glenrocknj.net

​Thielke Aboretum

In the midst of the hustle and bustle is the tranquil Thielke Arboretum, an 11-acre botanical area with nature trails, gardens, a pond and a brook, as well as many species of plants, birds and insects. The arboretum also has a gazebo on its property, which is a popular site for special celebrations.

Dining Out

Looking for a nosh in Glen Rock? Grab a corned beef sandwich or some matzah ball soup at the kosher-style deli, The Kosher Nosh. Nearby is Jalapeños, locals’ favorite Mexican joint for authentic tacos and guac. Wash it all down with a craft beer and yummy American fare at Stone & Rail, or enjoy a meal at The Glen Rock Inn; the 70-year-old bar and restaurant is the self-proclaimed best place in town for “great food and fun.”

What's in a Name?

Glen Rock got its name from a 570-ton boulder (rock) in a small valley (glen) around which it settled. The boulder was believed to have been deposited by a glacier, and was also a meeting place for the Leni Lenape. It now sits at Doremus Avenue and Rock Road, and locals appreciate this not-so-subtle reminder of their hometown’s storied past.

A Tragic Past

Glen Rock was the site of one of Bergen County’s most notable public transportation accidents. In 1911, William Hutchinson, a trolley operator for the North Jersey Rapid Transit Company who was one day away from retirement, died in a crash with an incoming trolley due to signal prob-lems at the intersection of Grove and Prospect streets. The accident was the beginning of the end of the rail system that connected Elmwood Park and Suffern, N.Y. The site of the collision was just behind where the Glen Rock Gurudwara stands today.

Home Sweet Home

Thinking about buying or selling a house here? The median home value in Glen Rock is $627,400, down 2.7 percent over the past year, according to Zillow. The home styles and price points are quite varied, from colonials and splits to ranch homes and bungalows.

Downtown

Rock Road is the borough’s epicenter, lined with restaurants, shops and many other hotspots. Here you’ll find both long-standing businesses like the Rock Ridge Pharmacy (which opened in 1950) and The Glen Rock Inn (around since 1948) interspersed with cute neighborhood gems like children’s bookstore The Curious Reader and grocery shop Kilroy’s Wonder Market.

Famous Faces

Many notable people and celebrities have once called this borough home. Valerie Harper, aka Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, lived in Glen Rock; child actors and siblings Daisy and Charlie Tahan, known for their roles in Little Fockers and I Am Legend, respectively, grew up here; and Michael Zegen, who plays Midge’s estranged husband Joel on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was born in Glen Rock and went to Hebrew school here before moving to Ridgewood in the fifth grade.

Did You Know? Glen Rock boasts a large Asian Indian population and is home to a visually stunning and prominent Sikh Gurdwara. In February 2015, Glen Rock became the first borough in Bergen County to designate the Hindu holiday Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, as an official school closing day.

Edit Module

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Find Events

May 2019

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

The U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will be showcasing the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services with activities that the whole family can...

Cost: See description

Where:
Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Drive
Jersey City, NJ  07305
View map »


Sponsor: City Challenge Obstacle Roace
Telephone: 201-659-3873
Contact Name: Elvi Guzman
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

Ocean Galleries welcomes renowned Canadian-Lebanese Impressionist, Samir Sammoun, over Memorial Day weekend for his first ever exhibition in Stone Harbor. Samir began painting oils at the young age...

Cost: Free to the Public; ALL Artwork Available for Acquisition

Where:
Ocean Galleries
9618 Third Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ  08247
View map »


Telephone: 609-368-7777
Contact Name: Kim Miller
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

The Hudson River's first lighthouse was built in 1826 at Stony Point. By the early 1900s, more than a dozen lights guided ships past the river's islands and shallows. Seven of them still...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mahwah Public Library
100 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
View map »


Sponsor: Mahwah Public Library
Telephone: 201-529-7323
Contact Name: Mahwah Public Library
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

AUTHOR EVENT & BOOK SIGNING!!! We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Mary Lenaburg, author of the new book, Be Brave in The Sacred: How I Learned to Trust God during the Most...

Cost: $10

Where:
Church of the Assumption
29 Jefferson Ave.
Emerson, NJ  07630
View map »


Sponsor: Church of the Assumption
Telephone: 201-262-1122
Contact Name: Jessica Fanelli
Website »

More information

Are you or someone in your family living a Gluten Free lifestyle? If so, come join us at Creative Den with Hope Lichtman, Glen Rock mom and personal pastry chef to the stars, as she...

Cost: $70

Where:
Creative Den
216 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ  07452
View map »


Sponsor: Creative Den
Telephone: 201-882-1422
Contact Name: Julie Salvatoriello
Website »

More information

Sea Bright, New Jersey – DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke is pleased to announce its first Wine Dinner of the season featuring premiere, award-winning wines from Ferrari Carano, Friday, May 31 from...

Cost: $75

Where:
DRIFTHOUSE Restaurant by David Burke
1485 Ocean Avenue
Seabright, NJ  07760
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 9 AM - 1 PM  HASBROUCK HEIGHTS HILTON HOTEL  650 TERRACE AVENUE, HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ ON SITE REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES CLASSES DEALING WITH ...

Cost: free admission

Where:
Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  07604
View map »


Sponsor: Bergen County Community Development
Telephone: 201 336-7206
Contact Name: Jacqui Atkins
Website »

More information

Wayne, NJ Welcomes Newest Bach to Rock Music School Community Invited to Grand Opening Party on June 1, 2019 Bach to Rock (B2R), America’s music school for students of all ages,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School/Wayne
1595-3 NJ 23
Wayne, NJ  07470
View map »


Sponsor: Bach to Rock Music School
Telephone: 973-283-5299
Contact Name: Karl Kahofer
Website »

More information

Call today to find out more about this program 201-744-2822

Cost: 197.00 - 397.00

Where:
Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts
53 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ  07621
View map »


Sponsor: Push To Change
Telephone: 201-744-2822
Contact Name: Nicolle A Ahles
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit Module