East Hanover is situated among the surrounding towns of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Florham Park, Hanover Township (Whippany), Roseland, Livingston and Montville. The township is known to residents as a suburban community with the heart of a small town. With its powerful mix of established corporations like Novartis and Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods), and hundreds of shops, restaurants and other retailers, East Hanover is able to enjoy some of the lowest tax rates in Morris County. With an area of just over 8 square miles (8.136 sq mi or 21.074 km2), East Hanover is conveniently located near several major highways, offering easy access to New York City.
East Hanover is known for its low property taxes, a major draw for this popular town. There are many affordable home options for the first-time buyer. The township is often described as a large, bustling suburb with the feel of a small-town community.
East Hanover’s “main drag” is Route 10, where you will find hundreds of big box stores, smaller shops, restaurants and some of the best diners in New Jersey. Looking for a more upscale shopping experience? The Livingston Mall and the exquisite Mall at Short Hills are both within a 5-mile drive. There’s also a small downtown area where you will find several banks, the public library, town hall, Luigi’s restaurant, a local pizza shop featuring live music, Dunkin’, CVS, an ice cream shop, a bagel store and a florist, among other conveniences.
Be sure to check out the Italian-American specialties in East Hanover. Sorrento’s Bakery has been in business for many years, and customers come from all over to get their fresh bread for Sunday dinner. They are also loved for their cakes and pastries. Esposito’s Meat & Deli is another favorite in the community with a devoted following.
The area is also noted for its close proximity to two major hospitals: Morristown Memorial Hospital (Morristown) and St. Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston).
For a fun family outing, take the kids to The Funplex, with indoor arcade games and laser tag, and a fun-filled outdoor water park in the summer months. Along Route 10 you’ll also find a 32-lane bowling alley, and an AMC cinema with 12 theatres. Do you love trains? Then you’ll want to check out the nearby Whippany Line of the Morristown & Erie Railway, where in the winter you can catch a ride to the “North Pole” on a lovingly restored commuter train that has been transformed into “The Polar Express.”
Lurker Park is East Hanover’s hub for sports and activities. The town pool, rec center, walking paths and playground are all located there. An annual summer concert series is another popular pastime, usually hosted by Novartis.
If you enjoy the outdoors, the Troy Meadows Wetlands is a 3,100-acre freshwater marsh spanning East Hanover, Hanover and Parsippany-Troy Hills. Designated a “National Natural Landmark” by the National Park Service, this serene site is great for hiking and spotting birds and other wildlife.
East Hanover schools include Frank J. Smith School (Pre K-2), Central Elementary School (grades 3-5) and East Hanover Middle School (grades 6-8). Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Hanover Park High School, which accepts students from East Hanover and nearby Florham Park. Central School and the middle school are located downtown, making it convenient for students to walk to various eateries and stores.
Hanover Park Regional High School District is home to two high schools, Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, and Whippany Park High School in Hanover. The three neighboring communities of East Hanover, Florham Park and Hanover Township share the cost for the two schools.
Several major corporations in East Hanover employ thousands of workers, but many more commute to NYC every day. By car or by train, the commute to New York is roughly an hour on any given day.
East Hanover offers just about any convenience you will ever need in a suburban town, with its optimal location adjacent to several neighboring towns and a modest commute to New York City.
East Hanover Schools
East Hanover schools include Frank J. Smith School (Pre K-2), Central Elementary School (grades 3-5) and East Hanover Middle School (grades 6-8). Public school students in grades 9-12 attend Hanover Park High School, which accepts students from East Hanover and nearby Florham Park.
East Hanover Commute
By car, the drive from East Hanover to NYC is about 50 minutes; by train, plan on about an hour. Nearby NJ Transit train stops with convenient access to NYC include Madison and Chatham stations.
East Hanover Recreation
There are endless ways to have fun in East Hanover. “Shop ‘til you drop” at the township’s many shops and two large malls nearby, catch a movie at the AMC Theatres, or hit The Funplex with the whole family for laser tag, bumper cars and water slides. In the summer, visit the East Hanover Farmers Market, or head over to Lurker Park where you can enjoy free summer concerts, the town pool, rec center and walking paths. Whatever your pleasure, East Hanover has it.