“Known for its creative community, the Bergen County borough is said to have “more oboists per capita” than anywhere else. But look out for the traffic.” ~The New York Times.
Leonia is a vibrant artists’ colony in the early 20th century, as painters and illustrators set up studios in barns and attics. Performers and academics like the actor Alan Alda and the physicist Enrico Fermi followed, drawn by the pretty surroundings within easy reach of Manhattan theaters and Columbia University.
The 1,900-student public school district, which also serves seventh- through 12th-graders from nearby Edgewater, has one elementary school, one middle school for sixth through eighth grade, and one high school. Enrollment is 39 percent Asian, 29 percent white, 23 percent Hispanic and 4 percent African-American.
Leonia High School offers academies in science, business and marketing, hospitality and culinary arts, and the humanities, and is slated to introduce academies in the performing and visual arts this fall. “Some of the world’s best musicians live in Leonia,” said Edward Bertolini, the superintendent of schools. “And we want them to be part of the program.”
Parks and Rec
Leonia has five public recreational areas, of which only the Leonia Swim Club requires a membership fee. The recreation areas include Wood Park, located on the corner of Broad Avenue and Fort Lee Road; Sylvan Park and the Leonia Swim Club, both on Grand Avenue near Sylvan Avenue; and the Recreational Center on Broad Avenue which has an indoor basketball court. Leonia offers many opportunities for Recreation.
Those who prefer not drive to Manhattan take the bus. New Jersey Transit’s No. 166 runs on Broad Avenue, and Rockland Coaches buses travel on parallel Grand Avenue. Getting to the Port Authority terminal takes 25 to 45 minutes. Fares are $4.50 one way or $148 monthly on New Jersey Transit, and $5.45 one way or $89.70 for 20 rides on Rockland Coaches.