Green Brook Township is a township in Somerset County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 7,203. In 1872 a tract of land was subdivided off from Warren Township. Thirteen years later in 1885 the Borough of North Plainfield was created from a section of the subdivided land. The land at that time was designated as North Plainfield. Many years later in 1926 the Borough of Watchung was carved out of North Plainfield Township. The remaining land continued until 1932, when Green Brook Township was formed out of North Plainfield Township. Settlement here was about one hundred years prior to the Revolution on the Passaic River and down in the Valley, which was to become know as Washington’s Valley.
Shopping and Dining
Green Brook holds a number of local restaurants: Fusion on 22, Water & Wine Ristorante, 141 Stirling Road, Watchung, Shogun 22, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, House of Thai among others. There are several small stores and strip malls in Green Brook. The upscale Bridgewater Commons Mall which includes Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and 160 specialty stores including a movie theater is about 8 miles away.
Parks and Recreation
Top of the World Park features a ball field, tennis courts, an open-air pavilion with bathrooms and charcoal grills and a peaceful memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. One of the oldest state parks in New Jersey, Washington Rock was originally purchased in 1913 to commemorate the historical events of 1777. Situated on top of Watchung Mountain in Green Brook Township, the park is best known for its scenic vista and historical significance. The park is a popular site for picnicking and relaxing. The strategic location of Washington Rock made it a valuable lookout point during the American Revolution for General George Washington in June of 1777 when the British army under General William Howe was moving toward Westfield. From the vantage point of this natural rock outcropping, General Washington had a thirty-mile panoramic view of the valley and was able to instruct his troops to circle behind Howe’s troops and cut off their retreat.