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New Providence is a borough on the northwestern edge of Union County, New Jersey, located on the Passaic River, which forms the county boundary with Morris County.  As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 12,171, and New Providence has a total area of 3.7 square miles, all of it land.

New Providence Borough is an established residential community graced by gentle the hills and winding roads of the western slope of Second Watchung Mountain.  New Providence is bordered to the north by Chatham Township, across the Passaic River Berkeley Heights lies to the southwest and south, and Summit to the east. Much of the unincorporated area of Murray Hill lies in New Providence, with the remainder in Berkeley Heights.

Residents can relax in the evenings by strolling along miles of scenic paths.  The borough’s serene neighborhoods consist primarily of older, well-kept homes along tree-shaded streets.  Some newer construction including multi-family developments ensure a wide variety of housing choices.  Leisure hours are spent enjoying local parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, private clubs, and outdoor ice-skating rinks.

There are several creek beds carved into the landscape, most of which are forks and branches of Salt Brook. These creeks join together near the center of town then flow into the Passaic River.  Over nine percent of New Providence's land area is permanently protected, publicly owned parkland.

Most of this land is wooded floodplain adjacent to the Passaic River.  Union County owns much of the riverfront parkland and New Providence owns the remainder.  There are several Borough-owned parks that bracket Salt Brook, including Veterans Memorial Park on South Street, Lyons Park on Livingston Avenue, and Clearwater Park near the end of Central Avenue.

The New Providence School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district are Allen W. Roberts Elementary School (grades K-6), Salt Brook Elementary School (grades K-6), New Providence Middle School (grades 7-8) and New Providence High School (grades 9-12).  The high school has moved into the Top Ten of NJ of several school rankings in 2010.

New Providence is also home to a private Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Newark, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace.  Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, The Academy has students in PreK-3 through Grade 8.

Transportation service on the New Jersey Transit Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines is available at the New Providence Station, offering service to Hoboken Terminal and to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan.  All other rail service is to or from Hoboken. These trains connect at Summit or Newark Broad Street with Manhattan-bound trains.

Lakeland Bus Lines offers weekday rush hour service from stops along Springfield Avenue to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately sixteen miles east of New Providence.

Points of interest include--
- The Presbyterian Church is a historic church in the center of town. 
- The Village Shopping Center is a shopping center in the middle of downtown. - Just outside of New Providence is Alcatel-Lucent, in Murray Hill.  The transistor and laser were invented in this Bell Laboratories when it was part of AT&T.
- Our Lady of Peace is a Roman Catholic church and school located on South Street.  Once every spring, for three days, the parking lot at OLP becomes the home of the town's OLP fair.
- Baxter Pharmaceutical Products has a facility in town, located at 95 Spring Street, New Providence
- Passaic River Parks provide open space and woods along the serene river.
- Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Basking Ridge, established in 1960 and provides eight miles to hike or watch birds in this wooded wetland.
- Watchung Reservation in nearby Mountainside NJ, Watchung Reservation is the largest park in neighboring Union County.

New Providence Farmers Market, located at corner of Elkwood Avenue & Academy Street, New Providence (Borough Hall Parking Lot, 360 Elkwood Avenue), summer and fall Wednesdays 1pm - 6pm.

Some restaurants include--
- Aquila Restaurant (Italian) - 30 South Street, New Providence
- Tables For Two (Sandwiches/Subs) - 598 Central Ave, New Providence
- Coppola Ristorante and Pizzeria (Pizza and Cheesesteak) - 590 Central Ave, New Providence
- Jose's Mexican Cantina (Mexican) - 24 South St, New Providence
- Ponte Vecchio (Italian) - 535 Central Ave, New Providence
- Bellariva Pizzeria (Pizza) - 1260 Springfield Ave, New Providence
- Chen's (Chinese, Sushi and Japanese) - 1268 Springfield Ave, New Providence
- Old Glory (American) - 1259 Springfield Ave, New Providence
- Prestige Diner (Diner) - 1318 Springfield Avenue, New Providence
- Szechuan Delight (Chinese) - 598 Central Avenue, New Providence

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Feltville Historic District (Houses in Deserted Village, Watchung Reservation),  S of New Providence

The written history of New Providence begins in 1664 when James, Duke of York and brother to King Charles II, purchased the land from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. This acquisition was known as the Elizabethtown Tract.

Its first European settlers were members of a Puritan colony established in 1720, which was the first permanent settlement of its type.  The settlement was originally called Turkeytown, due to the presence of wild turkeys in the area.

By 1737, the Presbyterian Church was formed and became the center of this growing community.  In 1759, the balcony of the Presbyterian Church in the town collapsed. The lack of serious injuries was declared by Divine Providence, and the town was renamed to New Providence.

According to local tradition, George Washington spent the night in a local home, which still stands to this day.  Supposedly, the local stream, Salt Brook, is named for an incident when the salt supply of the colonial village was dumped into the brook to prevent passing British soldiers from taking it. Ironically, the British Army never crossed the Watchung Mountains into this region. Salt Brook winds through town, starting near the eponymous Salt Brook Elementary School.

In 1794, Springfield Township was formed, which included the present-day township, along with the towns of Summit, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights.

Growth continued in the area, and in 1809, New Providence Township was formed from within Springfield Township.  It included what is now Summit, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights.  In 1869, Summit withdrew from the New Providence Township and reincorporated as a township without any other town.  It remained under a township form of government until 1899, when Summit reincorporated as a city.

In 1899, New Providence also withdrew from the New Providence Township and was reincorporated as a borough.  Due to acts of the New Jersey Legislature that made it economically advantageous for communities so do so,  many communities within townships were reverting to small, locally-governed communities at that time.

New Providence is a semi-dry town.  There are no bars, and no restaurants are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages.  Retail liquor sales are legal, however, and restaurant-goers may bring their own alcoholic beverages.  In 2011, the borough announced that it was considering issuing on-premises liquor licenses, which could bring in as much as $500,000 for each bar granted a license, with plans to use the money raised to pay for improvements to recreation areas.

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