A visit to Montclair, New Jersey reveals a township that appears to have more in common with New York City than do most other communities in the area. Situated only 12 miles due west of Manhattan, Montclair possesses the heart and rhythm of the Big Apple minus the tall buildings, crowds, and pollution. Let’s take a look at what makes Montclair a truly unique New Jersey community.With nearly 40,000 residents within its eight square miles, the township vibrates with activity from top to bottom. Picturesque parks dot the town and they are home to some of the finest events, particularly in warm weather months. Residents and visitors to Montclair look forward to attending popular annual celebrations including: May in Montclair – a month long celebration of the arts; the Presby Memorial Iris Garden – containing thousands of iris plants including some that are unique to the park; Art in the Park; and First Night Montclair. Countless other events sponsored by local organizations including those held by the Woman’s Club, the Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair Historical Society, churches, and retail establishments add to Montclair’s universal appeal.If you are a connoisseur of fine food, Montclair will not disappoint you. On Bellevue Avenue you can find Il Forno, an Italian bakery; the Sushi Hana Japanese Restaurant on North Fullerton; the upscale Twenty Eight Restaurant on Church Street; and numerous bakeries, bagel shops, diners, and sit down restaurants scattered throughout the township.Montclair is home to several civic organizations as well as houses of worship including Montclair Community Church on Watchung Avenue which recently dedicated their new sanctuary.Favorite shops in town include bookstores, clothing emporiums, second hand stores, ethnic boutiques, and much more. Nightclubs including Rascals can be found on Bloomfield Avenue; the 12 Miles West Theatre Company and Luna Stage are two of the more notable performing arts groups that call Montclair their home.Truly, Montclair has something for everyone and easy accessibility makes the township a worthy alternative to a day spent in Manhattan.