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Abma's Farm in Wyckoff.
Posted: Friday March 14, 2014, 4:32 PM
By Compiled by Amelia Duggan

With its tree-lined streets, sprawling lawns and wide range of home architectural styles, some have ventured to guess that the term "curb appeal" may have been coined just for Wyckoff. Tucked on the edge of the Ramapo Mountains, Wyckoff is known as a semi-rural "countrified community," just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

SHOPPING

Wyckoff's downtown offers a variety of shops including EURICA, WYCKOFF LIGHTING center and THE WRITE OCCASION for the home. Fashion and jewelry boutiques include MALUKA, the IVY SHOP, HARTGERS JEWELERS and DEVON fine jewelry. But if it's sweets you crave, pop into CHOCOLATE ETC. on Main Street.

TONS OF TOYS on Franklin Avenue is the go-to destination for all things "fun" for kids and teens. A seemingly endless inventory of toys, games, dolls and other amusements stuffs this shop to the rafters.

Got a budding ballerina in the family? You'll be making regular stops at CENTER STAGE DANCE supplies in the Cedar Hill shopping plaza. Shoes, leotards, tights and all the accessories are in available stock to keep dancers on their toes.

The recently renovated BOULDER RUN shopping plaza has a STOP & SHOP, MARSHALLS, and other specialty stores and restaurants.

PITCHING IN

Residents aren't shy about pitching in to get things done – Wyckoff Community Park is proof of that. The 18-acre park, that includes a nature trail, four ball fields and a soccer field, was constructed almost entirely through the volunteer efforts of the residents.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

For a chance to mingle with some of the local wildlife, head over to the James A. McFaul Environmental Center. The center boasts more than 81 acres of woodlands, gardens and a large pond filled with fish and fowl. Open year-round, the center offers programs for all ages and is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic or take an afternoon stroll.

NO STRANGERS TO CELEBRATION

In autumn, ghosts and ghouls run rampant on Wyckoff Avenue during the annual Halloween Parade. In December, The Wyckoff Chamber of Commerce helps the community celebrate the holiday season in style when Santa Claus comes to town in early December in an old-fashioned horse and buggy while shoppers browse the local shops searching for that perfect gift. The festivities conclude with the annual tree lighting at town hall. The township marks the unofficial start of summer with a full roster of activities planned for Memorial Day. The day begins with a Firefighters' Memorial Service and wraps up with a parade down Wyckoff Avenue to Town Hall.

KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY

Stacey Antine, president and CEO of HEALTHBARN USA – located at Abma's Farm – has her eye on the health of kids and teens in Bergen. Kids learn to prepare and eat healthy meals.

FAMILY TIES

The Wyckoff Family YMCA is happening place for Wyckoff residents and surrounding communities. It is the home of the Sharks swim team, Wydaca summer day camp, camps for children with special needs and a variety of fitness and recreational programs. The Y recently launched a theatrical troupe which has met with very positive notices.

NOTABLE NATIVES

The pop culture phenomenons The Jonas Brothers are Wyckoff natives; Bruce Lundvall, president of Blue Note Records, resides in town; American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis grew up here; and Fox & Friends co-anchor Steve Doocy resides here.

ON THE FARM

Plush fields of produce, a market and bakery, pumpkin patches and even a petting zoo complete the delightful farm experience. ABMA'S FARM MARKET & Nursery has been voted best farmstand by the readers of (201).

POPULAR EATERIES

The Brick House
179 Godwin Ave.
(201) 848-1211
Built in 1851, The Brick House offers upscale atmosphere and an Italian-focused menu.

3 Chicas Mexican Kitchen
637 Wyckoff Ave.
(201) 848-4700
All your Mexican favorites including terrific soups, and even breakfast.

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
327 franklin Ave.
(201) 891-1331
Voted the best Mexican food in Bergen by readers of (201).

The Market Basket
300 Sicomac Ave.
(201) 891-1212
Stop in this smaller version of the Franklin Lakes store for some great food to go from one of Bergen's best caterers.

Aldo's
393 Franklin Ave.
(201) 891-2618
Delicious Italian cuisine as well as specialties like filet mignon arrabbiatto and veal chops orreganato.

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