South Orange occupies about 2.8 square miles and is about 15 miles due west of Manhattan. Seton Hall University, at the eastern edge of the township, lies near the Vailsburg section of Newark. The handsome Montrose neighborhood, settled more than a century ago by wealthy families from New York and Newark, is north of campus.
The New Jersey Transit railroad tracks bisect the township from north to south, with South Orange Avenue, the main thoroughfare, running from east to west. The train station on South Orange Avenue marks the center of the commercial district. Village Hall, built in the 1890s, looms two blocks east.
South Orange’s train station is on New Jersey Transit’s Morristown line. On weekdays there are 24 Midtown Direct trains to Pennsylvania Station; depending on the number of stops, the trip takes 30 to 40 minutes. In addition, 38 trains run daily to Hoboken and PATH trains.
There are 10 Neighborhood Associations in South Orange. The South Orange Neighborhood Association (SONA) is an umbrella organization that coordinates activities across Neighborhood Associations, especially on interests impacting multiple neighborhood associations (e.g. Public Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Development, and Property Taxes).
Our ten constituent neighborhoods are:
- Academy Heights
- Lower Wyoming
- Montrose Park
- Seton Village
- South Mountain
- Tuxedo Park
- Upper Wyoming
- Village Colonials
- West Montrose
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