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About the Area
Hillside is a township in northern Union County that sits between Irvington (which is to the northwest), Newark (which is to the north and northeast) and Elizabeth (which is to the east). In 1913, following a referendum, Hillside was incorporated as a township from bits of farmland from Newark, Elizabeth and Union.
Fun fact: many of the businesses in Hillside feature “comet” in their names, and the nickname of the Hillside High School sports teams is “the Comets.”
There’s a good reason for this nickname: Halley’s Comet appeared in the sky above the township in 1910 and left a pretty big impression. Various businesses and sports teams in the area continue to honor the celestial apparition.
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In addition to Halley’s Comet, Hillside has some interesting history.
When the township was created, it included farms from the Woodruff, Conant and Saybrook families. The Woodruff House was built in 1735 and had various additions made in 1790, including a remodeled kitchen. The Eaton Store was added in 1900.
The Woodruff family also operated the Woodruff Cider Mill, producing cider and vinegar from the farm’s orchards. The family owned the land until the Hillside Historical Society purchased it in 1978.
Lionel Trains were manufactured in Hillside from 1929 to 1974, and Hillside was also home to Bristol-Myers Squibb. The company built a factory in Hillside in 1906 to manufacture Sal Hepatica, a saline laxative and alkalinizing agent that was sold until the early 1970s.
The Hillside Township earns top marks from Niche.com for nightlife, diversity, outdoor activities and health and fitness. Sixty-nine percent of residents own their homes, and the median household income is $78,779, slightly higher than the national average of $64,994.
Fun fact: New York Yankees shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto spent his life in Hillside, and the Woodruff House is now home to a Phil Rizzuto and All Sports Museum.
In addition to Phil Rizzuto, several other famous people have called Hillside home, including Michael V. Gazzo, who was a playwright and actor who earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in “The Godfather Part II.”
Former World Kickboxing Champion Robert Parham also called Hillside home, as did the Wilf family: Harry and Joseph co-founded the Garden City real estate development company, and Zygi Wilf is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.
Hillside is also home to Conant Park, the largest of its kind in Union County. The Park has sports facilities, a walking track, picnic tables, a playground … and ghosts. During the day, it’s a lovely place to spend time with your family, although people do report hearing the occasional disembodied voice.
It’s a whole different ballgame at night, when legend has it that faceless men drive around in a van, looking for girls to steal. Victims are purported to be too terrified to speak of their encounter.
It’s probably not a good idea to walk around Conant Park after dark, but keep an eye out for sketchy men in vans driving slowly. (Good advice no matter who or what is driving the van.)
If you like both ends of the weather spectrum, then Hillside is the place for you.
In January, you will need to brace for temperatures averaging from 27°F to 40°F, rising to a balmy daytime temperature of 42°F as the winter thaw begins in March. You can also expect approximately 26 inches of snow throughout the winter.
Summers are hot, humid and wet, with daytime temperatures averaging 86°F during the day. Hillside ranks as one of the hottest places in New Jersey. All that heats comes with 63% humidity, so make sure you stay hydrated and close to air conditioning or a fan.
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If you have a Phil Rizzuto baseball card, you want to make sure you protect it along with the rest of your sports memorabilia. Investing in a climate-controlled storage solution can help you protect your possessions.
If you need a place to stash your ghosthunting paranormal equipment when you aren’t trying to find the Conant Park van ghosts, all those spirit boxes, night vision cameras, EVP voice recorders and laser grid systems can take up a lot of space.
A self-storage unit will keep your valuables safe during the day, and, with extended hours of access, you can load up for a night adventure easily.
We have 24/7/365 security cameras, so if a shadowy friend or faceless dude in a van shows up, we will capture it on our cameras. (They will still need an access code, though, unless it’s also a ghost van. Although it’s rude to tailgate on someone else’s code, ghost or not.)
Come and chat with our helpful staff at any of our locations to see how we can help you with your self-storage needs.
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