Town Tour: Bayonne

BayonneThe city of Bayonne, encompassing nearly 12 square miles, is located in Hudson Coun­ty’s Gateway Region. The city is situated on a peninsula between Newark Bay to the west, the Kill Van Kull to the south and New York Bay to the east.

Bayonne is located east of Essex County’s Newark, north of Elizabeth in Union Coun­ty and west of Brooklyn, N.Y. It shares a land border with Hudson County’s Jersey City to the north and is connected to Staten Island, N.Y., by the Bayonne Bridge.

Manufacturing, distribution and maritime activities remain key segments of Bayonne’s economy, with a portion of the Port of New York and New Jersey located within the city’s borders.

Bayonne’s extensive network of roads, high­ways and bridges affords residents easy access to locations within the tri-state area.

The Bayonne Bridge connects south to Stat­en Island over the Kill Van Kull, while Kenne­dy Boulevard is a major thoroughfare along the west side of the city from the bridge north to Jersey City and North Hudson, N.Y.

The Newark Bay Extension (1-78) of the New Jersey Turnpike northbound travels to Jersey City while the Holland Tunnel connects resi­dents to Manhattan.

The Newark Bay Bridge provides access to Newark, Newark Liberty International Airport and 1-95, and Route 440 runs along the city’s east side.

Residents enjoy access to more than two dozen parks and playgrounds.

Facilities include a municipal pool, an amphi­theater, walking paths, benches, baseball/soft-ball/soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, spray parks and gardens.

One of the city’s notable landmarks is a mon­ument titled, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” (known as the Tear Drop Memo­rial), a 10-story sculpture that was donated as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands on the Bayonne waterfront at the Pen­insula at Bayonne Harbor.

The Bayonne Board of Education is a com­prehensive public school district serving stu­dents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at 12 schools, including Bayonne High School.

The high school’s comprehensive campus includes an ice rink, gymnasiums, a planetar­ium, BioDome, a 600-seat auditorium, four tennis courts, a football stadium and one base­ball field.



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