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Note:  This article references the city of Plainfield, Union County, NJ.
See also - Boroughs of North Plainfield, Somerset County, NJ and South Plainfield, Middlesex County, NJ

Plainfield, nicknamed "The Queen City," is a city in Union County, New Jersey.  As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population increased to a record high of 49,808, and has a total area of 6.0 square miles, all of it land.  Plainfield was originally formed as a township in 1847 from portions of Westfield Township, while the area was still part of Essex County. 

The city is located in central NJ.  Plainfield is approximately equidistant between New Brunswick, New Jersey and Westfield, New Jersey. It is three miles closer to Princeton than it is to Newark.  Plainfield lies roughly 25 minutes northeast of Princeton, and 30 minutes southwest of Newark.  Plainfield is approximately 45 minutes southwest of New York City and 56 minutes northeast of Philadelphia.  Plainfield is in Raritan Valley (a line of cities in central New Jersey).  Plainfield lies on the east side of Raritan Valley along with Edison.

Primarily a residential, suburban community with limited industrial activity, Plainfield City features a number of historic districts and beautifully restored homes.  North Avenue is the commercial historic district, although retail establishments are scattered throughout the city.

New construction is available in both single-family and multi-family residential developments, although Plainfield is known for the quality of its fine older homes.  Residents enjoy active YMCAs, community centers, county parks, and a wide variety of sports and recreational facilities.

The Plainfield Public School District serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts statewide.  Schools in the district are eight K-6 elementary schools — Barlow Elementary School, Cook Elementary School, Emerson Community School, Evergreen Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Stillman Elementary School, Washington Community School (including pre-K) and Woodland Elementary School — Cedarbrook Elementary School and Clinton Elementary School (including pre-K) for grades K-8, Hubbard Middle School and Maxson Middle School for grades 7-8, along with Plainfield High School (grades 9-12), Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development (grades 10-12) and Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (grades 7-12).

Plainfield is also home to New Jersey's first high school focused on sustainability, the Barack Obama Green Charter High School.

Union County College, which is headquartered in nearby Cranford, maintains a campus in downtown Plainfield.

Plainfield has two New Jersey Transit rail stations on the Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.  The main Plainfield station is in the downtown and a second, smaller Netherwood station is in the Netherwood section, east of the downtown.

NJ Transit also provides bus service on the 113 and 114 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 59, 65 and 66 (Limited) to Newark; and local service on the 822 and 819 routes.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away.

Portions of Plainfield are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).

Points of Interest include--
- The Plainfield Symphony -- makes its home in Plainfield. It performs concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. The orchestra was founded in 1919, making it one of the oldest continuously operating orchestras in the United States.
- Drake House Museum -  602 West Front Street , Plainfield -- The Historical Society of Plainfield was founded in 1921 to preserve the Drake House as a local landmark.  The museum presents educational programs for members, school children, and the public, as well as exhibits and lectures.
- Plainfield Riding and Driving Club -- is a horse riding club in Plainfield, New Jersey.  It has held an annual horse show starting in 1903.
 - Young Women's Christian Association of Plainfield and North Plainfield - located at 232 East Front Street, Plainfield, is a historic building, built in 1924 and added to the National Register in 1998.
- Plainfield Teacher's College - a mythical institution created as a hoax by a duo of college football fans in 1941.  The phony college's equally nonexistent football team had its scores carried by major newspapers including The New York Times before the hoax was discovered.

Some restaurants include--
- Giovanna's Restaurant (Italian) - 1462 South Avenue, Plainfield
- Freshwater's Southern (Southern & Soul) - 1442 South Avenue, Plainfield
- Cafe Vivace (Italian) - 1370 South Avenue, Plainfield
- Italian Village (Italian) - 1304 South Ave, Plainfield
- Mi Buena Ventura (Italian) - 131 North Ave, Plainfield
- Blackberry's - (Southern & Soul) - 500 Watchung Ave, Plainfield
- Han Hin Chinese Take-Out - (Chinese) - 46 Watchung Ave, Plainfield
- Queen City Diner (Breakfast/Brunch, Burgers) - 1326 South Ave, Plainfield

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- All Souls Church, 724 Park Ave., Plainfield
- Cedar Brook Park, Roughly bounded Stelle Ave., Arlington Ave., Park Ave., Rose St. and Laramie Rd., Kenyon Ave., Parkside Rd., Plainfield
- Crescent Area Historic District, Roughly bounded by Park, Prospect, and Carnegie Aves., 7th and Richmond Sts., Plainfield
- Nathaniel Drake House, 602 W. Front St., Plainfield
- Firehouse No. 4, 1015 South Ave., Plainfield
- Grace Episcopal Church, 600 Cleveland Ave., Plainfield
- Green Brook Park, All parkland from Clinton Ave. to W of West End Ave., and Jct of Lawrence and Parkview Ave., Fisk and Townsend Pls., Plainfield
- Hillside Avenue Historic District, Hillside Ave. from Watchung Ave. to Martine Ave., Plainfield
- Netherwood Station, Between North and South Aves., Plainfield
- North Avenue Commercial District, Park, North, and Watchung Aves., Plainfield
- North Avenue Commercial Historic District, Park, North, and Watchung Aves., Plainfield
- Plainfield Central Fire Headquarters, 315 Central Ave., Plainfield    
- Plainfield Civic District, Roughly, Watchung Ave. between E. Fifth and E. Seventh Sts., Plainfield    
- Plainfield Station, North Ave., Plainfield
- Saint Mary's Catholic Church Complex, Liberty and W. 6th Sts., Plainfield
- Van Wyck Brooks Historic District, Roughly bounded by Plainfield Ave., W. Eighth St., Park Ave., W. Ninth St. and Madison Ave., and Randolph Rd., Plainfield
- Waring T. Orville House, 900 Park Ave., Plainfield
- Young Women's Christian Association of Plainfield and North Plainfield, 232 W. Front St., Plainfield

Quakers settled the Plainfield area in 1684.  Plainfield was originally formed as a township in 1847, from portions of Westfield Township, while the area was still part of Essex County.

In 1857, it became part of the newly-created Union County.  Plainfield was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1869, from portions of Plainfield Township.  The city and township coexisted until 1878, when Plainfield Township was dissolved and parts absorbed by Plainfield City and the remainder becoming Fanwood Township (now known as Scotch Plains).

Formerly a bedroom suburb in the New York metropolitan area, it has become the urban center of 10 closely allied municipalities, with diversified industries, including printing and the manufacture of chemicals, clothing, electronic equipment, and vehicular parts. 

Among the several 18th-century buildings remaining are a Friends' meetinghouse (1788), the Martine house (1717), and the Nathaniel Drake House (1746), known as George Washington's headquarters. Nearby Washington Rock is a prominent point of the Watchung Mountains and is reputed to be the vantage point from which Washington watched British troop movements.

Plainfield is the birthplace or former home of several well known people including actor Dudley Moore and author Judy Blume.  Plainfield is now home to former New Jersey governor James McGreevey.

In sports, Plainfield is the birthplace of several current and former athletes, such as Vic Washington, Jay Williams and Jeff Torborg; including professionals and well-known amateurs, including Milt Campbell, the 1956 Olympic Decathlon gold medalist (the first African-American to earn this title); and Joe Black, the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game.

In music, Plainfield is the birthplace of Bill Evans, a jazz pianist who played with Miles Davis on “Kind of Blue” – still the largest selling jazz album of all time.  Also known as the birthplace of P-Funk.  George Clinton founded The Parliaments while working in a barber shop in Plainfield.  Parliament-Funkadelic was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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