One of Hillsdaleís best known landmarks is also a connecting point between this neighborly community and the outside world. The Victorian train station at Hillsdale Avenue and Broadway was constructed in 1869 and last restored in 1997. As a stop on the New Jersey Transitís Pascack Valley Line, the station connects Hillsdale commuters to Secaucus. From there, they can reach Penn Station or, through Hoboken, Lower Manhattan. The station is a registered national and state historic landmark.
The Hillsdale station is an anchor to a charming, historic downtown shopping district. Downtown Hillsdale is characterized by clapboard and masonry structures, accessorized by detailed cornices. The area offers a distinctive shopping alternative from the big box stores located in neighboring communities.
Most of the local businesses within Hillsdale are service oriented. These include restaurants, personal care services and travel services. The economy is further supported by nearby employment opportunities in educational, health and social services; professional services; retail trade; and manufacturing.
New residents can look into a variety of recreational groups and organizations to get to know their neighbors. Active clubs provide activities for seniors, adults and children. Youth and adult sports programs are particularly popular. Independent associations give kids a chance to play football, basketball, baseball and softball. There is also a menís basketball league, walking club and bridge club.
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