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Montclair, NJ

About Montclair

Montclair was first formed as a Township on April 15, 1868 from portions of Bloomfield Township. After a referendum in 1894, Montclair was reincorporated as a Town. In the late 1970s, after much protest, it was once again was designated as a Township.

With approximately 39, 000 residents covering more than six square miles, Montclair’s popularity is largely due to its charming neighborhoods and central location. To support this observation, the August 2010 issue of Travel and Leisure magazine cited the Township as one of “America's Coolest Suburbs”.

 Montclair’s unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and cultural attractions - as well as its magnet school system and non-partisan town council government - combine to make it one of the best suburban destinations in the country. Its many diverse neighborhoods make a visit even more interesting:

 Upper Montclair Business District is a cluster of Tudor-style shops, restaurants and a movie theater. 

Watchung Plaza Business District features numerous small boutiques and eateries.

Edgemont Park, known for its pond, fountains, and memorial honoring the servicemen and women of the United States armed forces, was formerly a part of the original Montclair Golf Club.

Walnut Street Business District includes a jazz club, art gallery, supper club, two artisan bakeries, and other popular restaurants and shops. Seasonal ice skating and hockey can be enjoyed at the Clary Anderson Arena.   

Bloomfield Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Montclair, is where you will find the Montclair Center Business District. The Montclair Art Museum and plenty of storefront restaurants and outdoor cafes populate this neighborhood.

South End Business District features a thriving shopping district and three beautiful parks, Nishuane, Canterbury and Glenfield.

 Frog Hollow is situated between Chestnut and Walnut, Valley and Central. 

A Brief History of Montclair

Once a part of the Lenape Indians’ homeland, Montclair has witnessed great growth and change.

During the Revolutionary War, the area provided observation points for following the movements of the British to the east. A strong tradition holds that both George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette stayed here in October of 1780.

The emergence of railroads proved to be a significant event in Montclair’s growth. In 1856, the Newark and Bloomfield Railroad Company began regular service to West Bloomfield. The population of the community grew rapidly as New York businessmen and their families, as well as a notable artist colony, began building homes along the mountainside.

The period following World War II was marked by tremendous expansion of the metropolitan area, with Montclair preserving its character as a gracious residential community while at the same time serving as a commercial center. 

Montclair Public Transportation

 With seven rail stations located throughout the Township, the Montclair/Boonton Line of New Jersey Transit brings area commuters and visitors to and from New York City and Hackettstown.

NJ Transit Bus Service and DeCamp Bus Lines also provide bus service to and from New York City to Montclair riders.

 Located just 12 miles from Manhattan, Montclair is easily accessible by way of many major New Jersey highways, including Route 280, Route 3, Route 46, Route 23 and the Garden State Parkway.

 The Township is located 13 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport,

42 miles from JFK Airport and 31 miles from LaGuardia Airport

Montclair Public Schools

Montclair public schools are a magnet school system. The district consists of the following:

 Elementary

Bradford School (K-5)

Charles H. Bullock School (K-5)

Northeast School (K-5)

Watchung School (K-5)

Edgemont Montessori School (K-5)

Nishuane School (K-2)

Hillsdie School (Grades 3-5)

 Middle

Glenfield Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Mt. Hebron Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Renaissance at Rand (Grades 6-8)

 High School

Montclair High School (Grades 9-12) 

Montclair State University

Montclair State University offers nearly 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs.  The 246-acre campus, located in Upper Montclair/Little Falls, has excellent academic and recreational facilities and is located only 14 miles from New York City.

 Arts & Entertainment in Montclair

 Well-known throughout the metropolitan area, the Montclair Art Museum exhibits American and Native American art.

 Numerous art galleries, all of which are free and open to public, can be discovered throughout the Township. These include:

 The Wellmont Theater continues to attract and feature the hottest acts and biggest names from around the music world.

 Live theater options include The Montclair Operetta Company, Montclair State University's Kasser Theater, MSU’s Theater in Life Hall, and the Studio Playhouse.

 Originally live theaters, the Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair and Clairidge Cinema on Bloomfield Avenue each offer the latest movies on multiple screens as well as documentaries and award-winning independent films.

 Anderson Park hosts a fine arts and crafts festival every September. 

 The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens - established 1927 and listed on The State and National Registers of Historic Places - bloom in mid-May to early June.

 The Van Vleck House and Gardens span 5.8 acres and provide a representation of the large homes built in Montclair in the late 1800s. 

 

Sports

 The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center (on the campus of Montclair State University) is an enjoyable museum for sports (particularly Yankees) fans of all ages. It also presents culturally diverse, sports-based educational programs and exhibits.

 The adjoining Yogi Berra Stadium is home to the New Jersey Jackals minor (Can-Am League) baseball club. A great and affordable way to spend a summer evening with the family!

 Floyd Hall Arena, an ice rink located on the grounds of Montclair State University, hosts its own Ice Hockey club, while various other hockey leagues, teams and on ice sports play there as well.

 

Parks & Recreation

 With over 153 acres of preserved Township parkland (and over 123 acres of County parkland), Montclair has plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation. If you like to walk and hike, there are plenty of parks and hills, since the town is situated on the First Mountain of the Watchung Mountains.

 The Montclair Parks System offers 17 parks that feature facilities such as 18 public tennis courts, 3 public swimming pools and 4 skating rinks (2 natural; 2 indoor).  

 Other Montclair parks include Anderson, Brookdale, Crane, Edgemont Memorial, Glenfield, Nishuane, Essex, Mountainside, Yantacaw Brook and Mills Reservation.

 The Montclair Community Band offers musicians the opportunity to meet and play with fellow seasoned band members and support thire community at the same time.

 Shopping & Dining

  Along with the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair State University, and a mix of smaller theaters offering indie film and live performances, Montclair’s downtown (namely Bloomfield Avenue) features funky shops, galleries, and enticing restaurants.

 Boasting approximately 80 restaurants, nearly every neighborhood in Montclair offers a different type of world class cuisine, whether it’s French, Italian, American, Greek, Thai, Japanese, Chinese or a coffee house/café.

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