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Cresskill is a charming bedroom
community in Bergen County outside New York City, just minutes
from the George Washington Bridge. The town took its name from
the watercress that grew in its streams, which are also called “kills.”
Like many communities in the United States, Cresskill began to
boom in development after World War II when veterans returned
and sought suburban homes with their families. It continues to
offer a cozy and safe small town feel, and shares many resources
with neighboring communities like Tenafly.
Cresskill Median Family
Cresskill offers three public schools that together serve students
in grades kindergarten through twelve. Cresskill High School
ranked 93rd in the nation in the 2005 Newsweek rankings, and
ranked 15th statewide in 2006.
There is one Catholic school that serves students from preschool
through eighth grade.
• Edward H. Bryan School (K-5)
• Merritt Memorial School (K-5)
• Cresskill High School (6-12)
• St. Therese Catholic school (Pre-K - 8)
Cresskill Cultural and Recreational
The Cresskill Municipal Pool offers summertime recreation. Other summer programs
include tennis courts and athletic fields, which feature sports like soccer,
Little League, baseball, softball, and football. Wrestling and basketball are
The town hosts an annual Fourth of July celebration and Ragamuffin Halloween
Cresskill Public Library is a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library
System. Members may borrow books, DVDs and other media, and enjoy educational
programs and exhibitions.
The Tamcrest Country Club in nearby Alpine offers a golf course.
Camp Merrit Memorial Monument, a large obelisk known by locals as “The
Monument,” commemorates the fact that Cresskill was the major debarkation
point for more than one million American troops sent overseas in World War I.
The Tenafly Nature Center located nearby is just a short drive from Cresskill
and open year round with hiking trails, a natural lake and various botany. Nature
centers also are located in neighboring Closter and Demarest.
New Jersey Transit buses provide service from Cresskill to the
Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in about 35
minutes, and local service to points in New Jersey is also available.
Private bus companies provide service to Rockland County and
the George Washington Bridge and Port Authority Bus Terminal
in 35 minutes.
No train service runs between Cresskill and Manhattan.
The region’s three major airports - Newark Liberty International,
JFK International and La Guardia Airport – can be reached
in under 45 minutes by car.
Cresskill Health Services:
Cresskill medical facilities are available in nearby Englewood
• Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
• Holy Name Hospital
Cresskill food offerings include a mix of fine dining, casual
eateries, cafes, and bars. Asian and Italian cuisine is well
represented among the selections.
Restaurants are centered in a quaint downtown business area,
where shops, banks, the public library, and borough hall also
are located. Most of Cresskill is quiet and residential rather
Movie theaters in nearby Closter and Tenafly show the latest
films from Hollywood.
Bergen County Information
247 Square Miles
Largest City: Hackensack
Median Home Price:
Bergen County Schools
for the terrific
recognized for their excellence. Known for rigorous academics, committed and
talented teachers, and a low student-to-teacher ratio that encourages individualized
attention, the schools make this county a favorite for parents who put their
children’s future first.