Montclair was formed as a township in 1868. Its name, derived from the French, mont clair, means “clear mountain.”
Montclair is only 6 square miles, but includes shops, playgrounds, schools, restaurants and 5 train stations. The town of Montclair provides public facilities for sports including baseball and soccer fields, 18 public tennis courts, 4 skating rinks (two are indoor) and 3 swimming pools. Lessons and leagues are available for all ages.
Montclair’s Bloomfield Avenue offers a choice of a concert, an indie movie, a jazz club and a selection of great restaurants. On Sunday you might do brunch on Church Street then head over to the Montclair Art Museum.
Montclair has six historic districts and 92 individually listed landmarks. Upper Montclair, in the northwest part of town, has its own identity and its own zip code. It has the feel of a small town, with shops and restaurants along Valley Road and Bellevue Avenue. The train station, at the northernmost point is steps from Montclair State University.
There are 5 train stations serving Montclair. The NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton Line takes passengers to Hoboken and Penn Station. A jitney runs to the Bay Street station and DeCamp buses take you to Port Authority.
There is a private parking deck downtown and several town-operated lots at the train stations; commuters need a permit. Easy access to Route 280 and the Garden State Parkway ease the commute to Newark and points north, south or west of Montclair.
Bradford, The University Magnet, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Bullock, Environmental Science, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Edgemont, Montessori, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Hillside, Gifted and Talented, 3rd through 5th grades.
Nishuane, Gifted and Talented, kindergarten through 2nd grades.
Northeast, Global Studies, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Watchung, Science and Technology, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Montclair High School, 9th through 12th grades.
Immaculate Conception High School, private Catholic coed school, 9th through 12th grades.
Lacordaire Academy, private Catholic school, coed pre-K through 8th grades, girls, 9th through 12th grades.
Deron School for special education, ages 5-21.
Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA), coed, pre-K through 12th grades.
St. Cassian, private Catholic coed school, pre-K through 8th grades.
Parks & Arts
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair Historical Society
Montclair Golf Club
Preby Memorial Iris Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Scala Del Nonna
Salute Brick Oven Bistro
Laurel & Sage
Egan & Sons
Pig & Prince
Fin Raw Bar
Red Eye Cafe
Trend Coffee & Tea House
Montclair Bread Company
Whole Foods Market
Kings Super Markets