New Jersey is home to not one, but two NFL teams claiming to be from New York. And they don't just play here. The Jets and Giants practice facilities are also located in the Garden State. That sort of slight is typical: Anything great in Northern Jersey (pizza, profuse profanity, the Nets) is credited to – or stolen by – New York. Everything crummy ("Jersey Shore," gang violence, pollution) is assumed to be the organic product of fallow ground. Fortunately, the Super Bowl is giving New Jersey the chance to set the record straight.
Here's what the fans, reporters, and half-time performers smart enough to stay in the same state as MetLife Stadium should get up to if they really want to enjoy some local color.
Hang out in Montclair.
Stroll down Montclair's main drag, Bloomfield Avenue. There, among the clothing boutiques, wine shops, and used-book stores, you'll find Clairidge Cinemas, which shows art-house flicks, the Wellmont Theater, a nearly century-old concert venue that draws acts like Bob Weir and Cheap Trick, and a veritable restaurant row.
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