10 Things We Found Useful After We Moved to EB
Having lived in East Brunswick now for 1 1/2 years, we’ve learned a thing or two. Whether by trial and error OR by the help of friends in the area, here are 10 things we found to be useful.1.) Transportation Center. This is where you go to find buses that go just about anywhere you need to get. Coach offers hourly trips into NYC all day long and NJ Transit buses take you to NYC from TC and many other places along the way, including St. Peters hospital and all of the surrounding areas of interest. Check out NJ Transit for schedules and stops from EB. Two other drop points for Port Authority in town are Town Center (these buses take you to Town Center week days on the off peak hours of 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM) and Transportation Center in the peak hours of the morning and late afternoon to evening. 2.) Direct Bus Line into NY For those working in NYC, there are several options for getting to/from. Bus line 138 runs from 6 am to 730 am and picks up on the north side of route 18. Check NJ Transit for exact times and routes. Times can range from about an hour to hour forty five depending on traffic. Usually though, take an earlier bus and you’ll make better time. On return, the line runs from 4 pm to 7 pm. There are other lines of course. Bus line 68 will take you to/from Jersey City which having only accidentally taking it once, forced me to take the PATH train into World Trade Center. Good for folks working in financial district. Not for good for us midtown folks. And perhaps someone can chime in, but I believe there is a bus that goes directly to/from Wall Street. Coach also runs all day to NYC on the hour from transportation center. 3.) 2x Wawa’s! One thing for sure in NJ that is true is that you know you are in luck if there is a Wawa in town! Wawa is a convenient store and eatery of sorts as well as a gas station. Very very popular they are with all age groups. They have a ton of varieties of coffee and fresh foods as well as packaged foods. Soooo the good news is, East Brunswick has not one but TWO Wawa’s in town. One is the full version with Gas near the transportation center and the other is just the store on Ryders Lane. Plus, just travel slightly south on Route 18 into Old Bridge and low and behold there is yet another full service Wawa. It’s safe to say, EB is a pretty cool town. 4.) Not all stop lights are created equal. Imagine you want to make a left onto route 18 and are at a stop light. Light turns green (no left arrow). You think because there is no arrow, it’s unprotected and let the oncoming cars pass. WRONG, at least is most cases. They’ve timed most lights on 18 this way. Just be careful though as some lights are not actually timed this way. So you may think it’s safe to go when in fact, it’s not. We will post later our findings for which streets this seems to be the case. Be careful out there. 5.) School buses – they’re preferred. Every parents dream are school buses for their kids to get to school and right in front of your house! The schools actually prefer that your kids take the bus because it helps alleviate traffic congestion at the schools in the morning drop off and in the afternoon pick up. The bus is always on time and lands in the same spot in the street every time. For me it happens to be right in front of my house! Whoohoo! It is a brilliant and convenient system especially for those NYC early commuters. Life saved! 6.) Leaf Day Check the city website for the schedule. Prior to collection day, pile all your leaves curbside. Then on collection day, folks with leaf blowers come by and blow your leaves into the street to be collected by a huge wheel loader i.e. bulldozer on wheels. In short, it’s quite a site! They city does also provide free bags to those whom want to bag them. They will pick them up as well. 7.) We have a recycle center, it’s awesome! Not only do we have a recycle center right in town which is open Monday through Saturday and absolutely free to residents, but we have a day called free cycle day which happens in the fall and spring. It is an organized flea market style day when everyone brings things that are in good shape but no longer wanted or needed and take it to the Free cycle day to be on the open free market for others to take. It is a very big day to shop and to unload your unwanted items. It is the biggest and best type of free cycle day in Middlesex County. People travel from far to attend this event to see what treasures they may acquire for FREE! 8.) Shop EB Program – Property Tax Rebates. Property taxes are on the higher side in EB. This is why we have the best schools in the state of NJ (or at least one of the top 10). Blue ribbon top rated schools in EB have a price and you’ll see it in your tax bill. One brilliant way the city has begun to off set that bill was to implement the Shop EB Program. If you shop at participating businesses in EB, a percentage of what you pay for goes towards a tax credit on your annual property taxes. What an incentive to shop local and support your town while reducing your tax bottom line. 9.) Full Passport Office in a Kick Ass Library. The library in EB is not like most. They offer seminars and lectures on worldly topics and have numerous events for kids and adults. It is one of the most resourceful places in town. Not to mention, they have a full blown passport office. Everything from A to Z for your passport is available right in the Library. People travel from all over NJ , PA and NY to get passport issues handled in EB. And get this… it is open EVERYDAY! 10.) Movie Theatre with recliner seats. Oh yeah! Inside the Brunswick Square Mall off of Route 18 and Rues, there is an AMC Theatre where you purchase your tickets by first selecting your seats. Each seat has an assigned number. The theatre offers the usual popcorn, drinks and snacks but for food, you walk over the the adjacent Nathan’s Hotdogs. Ready with food, proceed to your theatre and relax in the big comfy recliner seats. To recline, there is a little toggle switch on the inside of the chair next to your legs. Note, and yes this does happen, many people find the assigned system strange and either you will find folks in your assigned seats OR they will think you’re in their seats. PLEASE try to do this QUIETLY and CALMLY. It’s already embarrassing enough for the parties involved; it doesn’t need to be a big show for all. If it comes down to it, simply take your issue with the employees working there.