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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:

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 School

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 School

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) 

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.

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.

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 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. 

Montclair 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.

Montclair 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 in Montclair

 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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