In its article “The coolest places in New Jersey for New Yorkers,” Time Out NY names five Jersey towns where “even a tried-and-true New Yorker” would feel comfortable and compares them to their NYC equivalent.
Which five towns made the cut? Montclair, Maplewood, Jersey City, Westfield, and Red Bank.
In its neighborhood conversion guide, the article says you could trade The Village for Montclair:
Historic downtown Montclair has an array of retro architecture to ogle, including the Wellmont Theater (5 Seymour St between Bloomfield Ave and Roosevelt Pl; 973-783-9500, thewellmonttheater.com), a beautiful and imposing 1920s brick edifice that attracts major touring acts. Cultured New Yorkers (is there any other type?) will feel at home at Clairidge Cinema (486 Bloomfield Ave between Church and South Park Sts; 973-746-5564, bowtiecinemas.com), an art-house theater, and Montclair Book Center (221 Glenridge Ave between Bloomfield Ave and Forrest St; 973-783-3630, montclairbookcenter.com), which could feasibly have been transported from the Village of the ’60s.
Maplewood gets compared to Queens for its cultural and ethnic diversity — it has a 40 percent nonwhite population and active gay and artistic communities.
Jersey City, the place I was born and raised, makes the list for being like Williamsburg, Brooklyn (although there were no hipsters there when I was growing up).