Montclair is a moderately built-up, leafy city about 15 miles from New York City, with a mix of low-rise apartment buildings and private houses. Within the city is the locally prominent Montclair State University, but Montclair is too large and diverse to be thought of as just a college town. The neighborhood of Upper Montclair is full of mansions that can be seen while driving by.
New Jersey Transit serves Montclair with the Montclair-Boonton rail line that connects Montclair State University directly to Penn Station in New York City, with several stops in Montclair.
Like many other communities in North Jersey, Montclair is well served by buses that travel to and from Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Points north and south can be reached via the Garden State Parkway, which is a bit east of the city. Montclair is easily accessed from points west and from Manhattan and other points east via Route 3, which is a bit north of city limits and feeds directly into the Lincoln Tunnel.
Most residents of Montclair own a car. Parking can be tricky in some areas of downtown, however.
Central Montclair is a pleasant place to walk.
- Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave, ☎ , fax: . Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 5PM. Nonmember Adults: $12, Seniors (65+): $10, Students (with I.D.): $10, Children Under 12: free of charge.
- Yogi Berra Museum, 8 Yogi Berra Dr (On the campus of Montclair State University), ☎ . W-Su Noon-5PM. Dedicated to the life and career of the renowned baseball player, this museum has an incredible collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the famed catcher and the New York Yankees of the time.
There are also some art galleries downtown, and you can see a beautiful distant view of the Manhattan skyline from a high point within Montclair city limits.
- 1 Dot Reeder, 129 Watchung Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042 (Bus: DeCamp #66-R @ Gate: 411 of Port Authority Bus Terminal; Train: NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton line from New York Penn Station to Watchung Plaza), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12-4pm. Dot Reeder is a women's clothing boutique that specializes in contemporary classicism and carries apparel, handbags, and jewelry. The esthetic is pleasing as is the owner and staff $$$.
There are various cafes downtown.
- Smashburger, 989 Bloomfield Ave, ☎ 973 433 7343. 11AM-10PM.
If you didn't go to Montclair from New York City, that is the obvious place to go next.