Cresskill is a traditional village in the suburbs of Bergen County of New Jersey. Two things that make it attractive for tourists is its lush green landscape and very low number of residents. The unique name of the town comes from a very unique flower belonging to the cabbage family ‘watercress’, which is only commonly grown in Asia and this part of New Jersey amongst the whole USA, also this specific plant is known to be the oldest vegetables that humans discovered.
Just like the uniqueness of the name, the food and dishes in this town are also unique. The locals use a mix of traditional and botanical grown spices to make dishes. Albania press and cheese being the most famous of all. The dish is so famous that people from all over the state of New Jersey visit this ancient town to taste this local dish. As a matter of fact locals here earn their livelihood mainly from tourism.
However, this is not the only source of livelihood, during the late 1890’s world’s largest chicken hatcheries were formed in Cresskill and a special rail route to New York was established to meet the increasing demands. Even today the hatcheries are a major source of chicken supplies all over the major cities of the USA. The front elevation of houses in Cresskill town reflects the rich history of this town. The vintage exterior of these houses perfectly complements the traditional but modern in function interior designs of rooms and especially kitchen that holds high value in these houses due to the rich food culture and traditions of this town.
If you are looking for exploring historical sites, then Cresskill offers only a few ancient buildings enlisted in the national register of Historic places. Alpine and Cresskill are considered to be of still environment, people usually come here for a peaceful vacation. The city tour operators offer a daily trip across the 46 square kilometre town so you don’t need to worry about taking your car for sightseeing. The port authority bus terminal of Midtown Manhattan offers daily busses to Cresskill which makes it easily accessible for visitors. With the availability of transport, residents can easily travel to Demarest and nearby towns to get a taste of metropolitan life if that’s what they wish for. To give it a traditional feel, the city council has emphasised the use of horse carts and electric scooters for two major reasons; controlled traffic congestion and minimal level of CO2 emissions. In the year 2017, the city council was appreciated by the United States Department of Ecological studies for their efforts to safeguard the wildlife.
During the mid 1850’s, the local’s enjoyed theatre so much here that Cresskill got famous for drama and acting and people started coming from different ends of the world to enjoy drama and theatre in Cresskill. Today, a few of the very prominent faces we see on television belonged to Cresskill such as the CEO of Fox television stations, Roger Ailes. Several singers and authors who have their names engraved in the hearts of their audiences are born and raised here. As of today, if you want to enjoy a good night of music and theatre, Cresskill is the place to be.
The Cresskill parks and recreation department provides a safe, environment friendly and fun activities camp every summer for children and families, which they call ‘Special Summer Camp’. Activities such as camping and sports help the participants to develop sportsmanship, teamwork and other leadership goals.
For anyone looking to spend some time back in a quiet environment while enjoying arts and music, Cresskill is the place to be!