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Brookdale, New Jersey
Location in Essex County and the state of New Jersey.
Location in Essex County and the state of New Jersey.
Brookdale, New Jersey is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey
Location in Essex County, New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey is located in the United States
Brookdale, New Jersey
Brookdale, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Essex
Township Bloomfield
 • Total 1.607 sq mi (4.163 km2)
 • Land 1.603 sq mi (4.152 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.011 km2)  0.26%
177 ft (54 m)
 • Total 9,239
 • Density 5,763.0/sq mi (2,225.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
07003 - Bloomfield
FIPS code 3408110
GNIS feature ID 02583975

Brookdale is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Bloomfield Township, located within Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is generally considered to be the part of Bloomfield north of Bay Avenue, As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's total population was 9,239.


The original English name of Brookdale was Stone House Plains. "Stone House" referred to a rock formation known as the stone house or great rock, supposed to have been suitable as a shelter, just north of the present-day intersection of Bellevue Avenue and Newell Drive. The rock was still present in 1802, but removed not long afterward. "Plains" referred to the plains of the segment of the Yantecaw River which passes through the area.

Farmhouse, Stone House Plains
Early farmhouse in Brookdale/Stone House Plains

As early as 1691, settlers, possibly including Abraham Van Giesen, had begun to populate the area along Bellevue Avenue. By about 1750, two brothers, Garrabrant and Teunis Garrabrant, born 1723 and 1726, respectively in Bergen (now Jersey City), sons of Cornelius and Jannetje (Pier) Gerbrandsen, owned sizeable tracts in the vicinity of Brookdale Park, Bellevue Avenue and Broad Street. About 1730 Alexander Cockefair, born about 1696 in Bushwick, purchased a "plantation" roughly bounded by the Yantecaw River and modern-day Broad Street and Watchung Avenue. The Sigler and Coeyman families also had very early farms in Stone House Plains. Descendants of these families operated farms, mills and other businesses in the area for over two centuries.

Dutch was the primary language for many residents through the 18th century. In 1795, the Dutch Reformed Church of Stone House Plains (now Brookdale Reformed Church) was formed, creating a spiritual and social focal point for the community. The original church edifice was built in 1802; it burned and was rebuilt about 1857. The Morris family, which operated mills just south of Brookdale, made a mill pond on the Yantecaw River. In the mid-1800s, residents established the first school. In 1873, on the eve of US mail delivery service, the community voted to change the name to Brookdale.

After World War I, much of the farmland was developed into residential housing. The Clark Thread Company bought the Morris pond (now Clark's Pond) and built an adjoining thread-coloring factory, later occupied by the Scientific Glass Company. Portions of the Cockefair farm were converted to golf course and a junior high school (now Bloomfield Middle School). Essex County acquired and built Brookdale Park. In 1968, petrochemical engineering firm Lummus Company set up in northern Brookdale.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 1.607 square miles (4.163 km2), including 1.603 square miles (4.152 km2) of land and 0.004 square miles (0.011 km2) of water (0.26%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 9,239
Population sources: 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,239 people, 3,445 households, and 2,580 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,763.0 per square mile (2,225.1/km2). There were 3,583 housing units at an average density of 2,234.9 per square mile (862.9/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.46% (7,064) White, 4.96% (458) Black or African American, 0.11% (10) Native American, 12.25% (1,132) Asian, 0.02% (2) Pacific Islander, 3.00% (277) from other races, and 3.20% (296) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.74% (1,085) of the population.

There were 3,445 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 87.0 males.

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