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Parkway Pines, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth and Ocean
Township Howell and Brick
43 ft (13 m)
GNIS feature ID 882900

Parkway Pines is an unincorporated community located along the border of Howell Township in Monmouth County and Brick Township in Ocean County, in New Jersey, United States. The Howell area of this community is called Ramtown.

The enclave gets its name from its proximity to exit 91 of the Garden State Parkway (GSP). In the early years of the GSP, bedroom communities sprouted near exits, encouraging city dwellers to settle further south, in presumably quieter and safer surroundings, and commute to and from New York City each working day. Exit 91 exits the Parkway southbound and enters the Parkway northbound.

There are two main streets, Neil Avenue and Stephan Lane, connected by a series of short blocks: Barbara Lane, Skipper Lane and Lark Lane. Lanes Mill Road runs east to west across the bottom boundary of the community; the Pine Barrens form a natural boundary to the west; and Howell Township, in Monmouth County, sits just to the north.

There is a large park located between Lark Lane and Lanes Mill Road. This park contains a pavilion, two ballfields and a playground. There is parking on Neil Avenue and a path between houses from Lark Lane.

Homes were all of a similar design: single story, 3 bedrooms and one bathroom, with a kitchen, living room and laundry room. They were mostly built by U.S. Homes in the 1960s. The larger ranches in Parkway Pines had a family room. Some homes were offered with a garage which could alternately be converted to a sun room.The homes were quite small by modern standards, especially the bedrooms, which ranged from 8x10 to 12x14. Each home has a front and back yard, sufficient for children to play. Most homes have backyard fences, perhaps a relic of city life. Most of the original owners came from the cities of Northern New Jersey or one of the boroughs of New York City.

One difference between the Brick side (in Ocean County) and the Howell side (in Monmouth County) was the addition of cement "curbs" along the roads in Howell Township, whereas in Brick, the lawns met the road without a cement border. As the development expanded further into Howell, it was named "Shore Club" and the newer houses had cement sidewalks and planted trees along them.

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