Closter is considered to be the center of Northern Valley, it is a historic town named after Frederick Closter in 1710. After the turn of the 20th century, Closter changed from being sprawling estates and farms into an upper middle class suburban town. Ruckman pond is the center point for entertaining events year-round, it hosts springs annual fishing contest and an easter egg hunt for kindergarten to fourth grade. During Labor Day weekend the town gets together to celebrate all coaches who have volunteered for recreation sports, this weekend includes tons of activities for families including volleyball tournaments, 5k Runs, races, pony rides and a fireworks show to bring in the weekend! Closter public schools serves students from Kindergarten through eighth grade, students who continue in public school ninth- twelfth grade attend Northern Valley Regional High school at Demarest. This high school includes students from both surrounding towns Demarest and Haworth. Closter also offers transportation for both New York and New Jersey commuters. New Jersey transit routes from Closter to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and to the George Washington Bridge bus station. Popular restaurants / cafes include Harvest Bistro which serves modern hearty French cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. Among other choices is also korean BBQ. There is also a starbucks in town for a nice cup of coffee along with other boutique type shops.