I just happened to be looking at the site today and surprised to see people disparage the area near Watsessing Park. Town recently undertook the long-awaited rehabilitation plan to build up the downtown, and ground has been broken in multiple spots with a parking area now finished and a supermarket and some mid priced and luxury apartments to be added. The area borders Glen Ridge, has the train in its center, and Bloomfield College off the Town Green. It's the most townsy of all the Bloomfield parts, I believe, and has the park with the gorgeous County Soccer and Football field that was just built at its edge. I do believe that as you move east of the parkway the housing stock is not as maintained. However, that is nowhere near the majority of homes, and many new homeowners continue to come to be a part of something divergent and exciting, and yet both separate from, and close to, Montclair. Downtown Bloomfield is 28 minutes from Manhattan on the Midtown Direct, and has a few major bus lines that go through it. Streets have revitalized the homes both off and near Watsessing Park. Also, there are many third and fourth generation families that live in the area off of Washington Ave. and on Thomas St., Winsor, Appleton and Linden, from what I can tell. I have lived here for almost ten years and never seen any trouble and I bring my small kids to the park often, and have always felt safe. I Lastly, the schools. Many in this section place their kids in different schools, and there are a few blue-ribbon schools in the district, and Watsessing has gotten a great reception from new and longstanding families that have sent their kids there. All in all, Bloomfield is a find & a bargain, especially w/ downtown devt projects underway & restaurants already opening.