Since Brookside is a census designated place and not an official village, town or city, there's no Town Hall for you to turn in times of need. Say, when you are moving in and need someone to hook up your running water and tell you when trash collection day is. Instead, get in touch with the Town of Newark, which actually encompasses Brookside. They'll hook you up and let you know all about their Green Energy plan. Although the Town isn't responsible for television and internet hookups, they'll be able to point you in the right direction with some good advice.
Are you a bicycle enthusiast? Ask about all the bike trails around town, and don't forget your helmet!
Take some time to explore the Brookside area before committing to a rental home. Though this entire community is pretty small, different areas will offer better access to different amenities, so it pays to know your priorities before you plank down that deposit.
First, the north side of town faces an immense natural parkland and forest, from the White Clay Creek State Park to the Middle Run Valley Park, there are hundreds of acres of creeks, trails and camping facilities available just a few miles out of town. Just to the south of the parks is the United States Armed Forces Reserve Center, just adjacent to the most densely populated part of Brookside.
Homes in the north are generally the best deal, whether you are looking at a house or apartment to rent. Many homes are medium or large in size, featuring from 3 to 5 bedrooms.
To the south, homes become larger, more spread out, and more sought-after. That isn't to say there aren't some great deals down there, it's just that you're as likely to find a luxury home - with the respective price tag - as you are a quaint inexpensive studio rental. Look around and see what you find.
It won't be hard to fill your nights and weekends in the Brookside area. There are craft beers and gourmet food at the Two Stones Pub, and Vince's Sports Center, catering to all the local sports fanatics. Batting cages, mini golf, full-sized golf, baseball diamonds, air hockey tournaments - what more can you ask from the local sports center?
As for your regular grocery shopping trip, you've got a few local places to choose from, including BJ's Wholesale, Shop Rite, and Food Lion. Need goat meat? Lasani Enterprising has got you covered.
What about the restaurants, you ask? There are two main dining out sections in Brookside, both on either end of the Christina Parkway. On the west end, you have a good handful of pizza places, as well as China King and the usual fast food joints. On the east, there's the Hibachi Express, D & H Jamaican Cuisine, Mike's Famous Steaks and Subs, and of course, some more pizza.