Montclair is a northern New Jersey suburb, 12 miles from Manhattan (Exit 151 on the Garden State Parkway for the typical NJ parkway exit joke). The township's approximately 40,000 residents sustain six distinct business districts, mostly clustered around its six NJ Transit train stations.
We are populated by grandparents, hippies, hipsters, millennials, and tons of spirited kids. Some of us commute daily to the city and others work remotely (no surprise cafes are crowded midday on weekdays). We are black, white, mixed, gay, straight, immigrants, parents, married, divorced, single, and unlabeled. In our 6.3 square miles, we have places of worship for every faith. Across this vast diversity, we grumble in unison about our high taxes.
Montclair is notoriously home to legends in theater, space, sports, comedy, jazz, dance, culinary arts, audiobooks, a successful beauty mogul, and more recently, even friendly toothpaste and clean pacifier companies. Self-dubbed where the city meets the suburbs, it serves as a veritable literary/writers hub with two independent bookstores and enough writers and literary figures to effortlessly create a spin-off podcast (Bookclair anyone?). In a year that saw mega-giant Toys-R-Us file for bankruptcy after 70 years, Montclair boasts not one, but three independent toy stores. We are home to the oldest privately owned and operated bus company in NJ; a newly renovated 2,000-plus seat performance hall from the 1920s; a museum dating back to 1914 with Free First Thursday nights; and a public university.
Montclair in the Media
Montclair also features cameos in the wider media. Below, in no particular order, is a sampling of places you may have seen or heard of Montclair on screen or in print. Feel free to submit any we may have missed!
"The action begins at a party at Paul Kinsey’s apartment in Montclair, NJ..." Madmen: Season 2, episode 2
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Season 1, Episode 5, Stephen Colbert
Yes it happened
The interior of Dr. Melfi's (Lorraine Bracco) office. Her house was also filmed inside a Montclair home
'Man up' moment filmed at this iconic ice creamery (season 6, episode 16)
a 'bar near Canada' was really Tierney's Tavern (season 6, episode 13)
AJ picks up his girlfriend at Montclair High School (season 6, episode 21)
Vogue: The George Inn
Movies: The One that Got Away
Books by Montclair authors (many, many more!): Cheaper by the Dozen, Legendary Locals, Families Are Different, Younger, Playing My Mother's Blues, American Girls, A Piece of the World, Between the Lines, A Window Opens, Jane Hawk series, The Prize, Same Beach, Next Year, Dying in Dubai, Stolen Beauty, Empowered Design
This podcast series serves as a living history of where the town has been and where it is going, through the eyes of the town's entrepreneurs and creative community. Check out these other shows by local Montclairions:
Finally, Montclair is a town of festivals. For those interested in visiting, plan your trip around these much-loved events (see festival button). Stay with friends or at our first boutique hotel.
March: Montclair Literary Festival
April: Women's Empowerment Week
April: Ladies Night Out
June: Montclair Makes Music
August: Montclair Jazz Festival
September: Dance on the Lawn
October: Montclair Design Week