Tenafly is among the most desirable towns in the Metro region because of its natural beauty, close proximity to NYC, and excellent public school systems and services. Tenafly has a lot to offer, being one of the area’s top shopping destinations and a growing movement to dine locally. Tenafly is a thriving community which takes up 4.4 square miles with a population of about 14,625. Tenafly is predominantly a residential community with a total of 4,897 houses. Quality housing, recreational facilities, parks and woodlands, good cultural programs, diverse houses of worship, and quality borough services all help to attract newcomers to and keep older residents in this historic town. The street plan and overall development which is largely determined by its hills, its valleys and its tall trees, gives the borough its special charm. Residents of Tenafly enjoy beautiful parks and recreation activities. Among Tenafly’s numerous social and recreational activities are the Jewish Community Center and the Knickerbocker Club, which offers tennis, golf and swimming. The Tenafly Nature Center is a popular site for hiking, walking and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Tenafly has four public elementary schools with an enrollment of 907, a middle school with 527 students and a high school with 891 students. Tenafly students continue to achieve at levels well above the state average and above those levels achieved in other K-12 schools similar to Tenafly. The borough is especially proud of its public school system, recognized as one of the best in New Jersey. There are four elementary schools in the district, J. Spencer Smith, Malcolm Mackay, Ralph S. Maugham, and Walter Stillman with an enrollment of 907 students that serve students from Kindergarten to 5th grade, Tenafly Middle School serving students in 6th to 8th grades, and Tenafly High School which serves students 9th-12th grade. The United States Department of Education awarded Tenafly High School a Blue Ribbon School Award on September 20, 2005. The School was the third ranked high school in NJ out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2012 cover story after also being ranked third in 2010 out of 322 listed. The borough’s only parochial school is Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with 224 students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
In addition to well-maintained interstate and state roadways for transport by car, Tenafly is served by private and public bus lines and ferries that run to Manhattan. Bus service to and from New York City is available via New Jersey Transit bus routes 166 to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Red & Tan 20, 20T & 14E run to Port Authority in Manhattan averaging 35-40 minutes Red & Tan 84 & 84L goes across the George Washington Bridge averaging 25-30 minutes. New Jersey Transit 166 runs to Port Authority in Manhattan averaging 35-40 minutes. Ferries run from nearby Edgewater to 39th Street in Manhattan every 30 minutes, taking 15 minutes to reach their destination.