About Upper Montclair
Upper Montclair is an unincorporated area and neighborhood within Montclair in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP code 07043. It is often misperceived, even by Montclair residents, to be a separate town from Montclair, perhaps aided by this postal designation.
The commercial zone at the center of Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair Business District is home to several restaurants and shops. Unlike many of Montclair’s other commercial zones, it has chain stores like Starbucks, Talbots, Williams-Sonoma, Gap, Charlie Browns, Cold Stone Creamery, Supercuts, CVS and local chains such as Tinga Taqueria and Frederic Goodman Jewelers. Despite the recession, the area in 2009-2010 saw the opening of several new national and local merchants. Notable among these businesses are Chyten Tutors & Test Preparation, MountainWall Massage Works, The Sun Spa, The Beauty Bar and Edward Jones; these merchants now occupy space in a newly-refurbished building at 622-24 Valley Road that was once home to the Olympic Shop Department Store. Montclair Station Restaurant & Bar also recently opened in the historic Upper Montclair train station. Upper Montclair also has both a park, Anderson Park, and a railway station, Upper Montclair, nearby. There is a post office here.
Upper Montclair is home to many parks and nature reserves. Within Upper Montclair there are Anderson Park, Yantacaw Brook Park, the Bonsal Nature Reserve, Mountainside Park, the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and parts of Mills Reservation and Brookdale Park. In addition, Upper Montclair has the Mountainside Public Pool, which is one of the three public pools in Montclair, and is also the largest. Upper Montclair also has Immaculate Conception Cemetery and Mount Hebron Cemetery.
Upper Montclair is in the township of Montclair and is served by the Montclair Public Schools. More than a quarter of the district’s schools are found in Upper Montclair. These include Bradford Elementary and Northeast Elementary, which are two of seven elementary schools in Montclair, and Mt. Hebron Middle School, which is one of three middle schools. Part of Montclair State University’s campus is in Upper Montclair. Upper Montclair is also home to several private schools. They include Lacordaire Academy, Lacordaire Academy Elementary Division,and St. Cassian’s School
Upper Montclair is very well connected to the rest of New Jersey and New York City on account of its transportation infrastructure. The only types of public transportation in Upper Montclair are buses and trains, both provided by New Jersey Transit, although commuter bus service to Manhattan is provided by DeCamp Bus Lines.
New Jersey Transit’s Montclair-Boonton Line Runs through the neighborhood of Upper Montclair. In total in Upper Montclair there are a total of three train stations of the overall Montclair total of seven. This is because the stations in Montclair are very close together, sometimes under a mile apart. New Jersey Transit train stations are Upper Montclair, Mountain Avenue, and Montclair Heights. From 1889 to 1928, Valley Road, a major road, had an electric trolley line.
The area is also on NJ Transit’s bus route 28, which goes from Montclair State University or Willowbrook Mall along Valley Road through Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield, to Downtown Newark. This bus route goes along Valley road for the great majority of its path in Upper Montclair, in some places on the route of Decamp’s Number 66. Also, two DeCamp Bus Lines routes take commuters to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Some Number 33 buses go along Grove Street, on the Eastern side of the neighborhood, while number 66 goes on Valley Road, in the West, then the central Park Street.
Upper Montclair has road connections to the rest of Montclair, Cedar Grove, Little Falls, Clifton, and Bloomfield. Just north of the neighborhood’s border is U.S. Route 46 and New Jersey Route 3.