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. Continue reading


Are You Ready?


This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will head down Broadway on March 20 beginning at 1 p.m. The grand marshal is lifelong city resident Michael Boyle, who has been a member of the parade committee for 15 years.

In 1981, members of the community of Bayonne joined together to form a committee for the purpose of establishing a Parade Committee to organize, support, and present annually in the month of March a parade to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.  In March of 1982, after an absence of 70 years, Bayonne community members once again formed its first Saint Patrick’s Parade.  From its inception, the parade has been held annually on the Sunday immediately following Saint Patrick’s Day; the exception is when Saint Patrick’s Day itself falls on a Sunday.

There are several Irish organizations in the City of Bayonne that serve as the sponsoring organizations of the parade, which include: The Irish American League of Bayonne, The County Cork Association, The County Donegal Association, The Shamrock Society of Bayonne, Ireland’s 32.

There will be a Post Parade Party immediately following the Parade at Saint Andrew’s School Gym located at 4th Street & Broadway.

Aerie Art that Inspires, with Sunset Cocktails

Granted, this is Bayonne adjacent as opposed to Bayonne local, but it’s still worthy of a mention AND an easy commute! 


Penthouse 4 at 70 Columbus. PHOTO: James Salzano

A collection of 50th-floor Penthouses at 70 Columbus, the iconic luxury rental tower in downtown Jersey City, has been temporarily transformed into a pop-up art exhibition featuring the work of regional artists, artisans and boutiques.

The public, as well as those interested in viewing the luxe apartments which offer stunning views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and Downtown Manhattan, will have an opportunity to see the exhibit, titled “Mementos,” in an authentic apartment experience where all art, furnishings and accessories are for sale.  The meticulously curated exhibit, presented by Jersey City-based Panepinto Galleries in collaboration with 70 Columbus, was conceived to showcase neighborhood shops and a superior coterie of artists that weave together themes of love and remembrance through paintings, drawings and sculpture.  “Mementos” is a selection of works inspired by this positive expression, with artwork curated by Michelle Doll and Lisa Lebofsky, jewelry & fashion consulting by Jessica Van Treuren, and interior design by Regina Mariano.


Penthouse 2 at 70 Columbus in Jersey City, which is part of “Mementos,” a pop-up art exhibit by Columbus 70 and Panepinto Galleries. PHOTO: James Salzano

“Mementos” is open weekly on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. through March 6th, with sunset cocktails offered from 5-7 pm.  Additionally, it is open by appointment and available for private events.

Developed by Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties, 70 Columbus has exploded onto the downtown Jersey City residential scene with an impressive 50% of its 545 modern apartments leased since opening in November.  Located at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive adjacent to the Grove Street PATH Station, the building features studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, with monthly rents currently starting from $2,400.  The Marketing Directors is the building’s exclusive leasing and marketing agent. Continue reading

Park Bayonne Grand Opens

Jonathan Lin at reports on the grand opening of Park Bayonne

cf21bba4358b162fAfter a months-long delay, city officials and developer Lance Lucarelli cut the ribbon this week on “Park Bayonne” — a seven-story, 60-unit luxury apartment building — and are calling it a step in the right direction for the city.

The building, located across the street from the Stephen R. Gregg/Hudson County Park at 1040 Kennedy Blvd., stands 75 feet tall and towers above the surrounding neighborhood of mostly two-story homes. The view from the top offers clear sights of the Manhattan skyline, Port Newark, the Bayonne Bridge and the Turnpike Extension Bridge.

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said Park Bayonne “represents the kind of investment that we want to see in Bayonne.”

“My goal is to ensure that this type of quality product is delivered to strategic areas throughout our community in the coming months and years,” Davis said in a statement.

Lucarelli of The L Group has previously said he hopes Park Bayonne — as well as other projects he has in mind for the city — will help address the economic decline he’s seen in the city over the years.

He reiterated that sentiment at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting.

“The city’s going to be great. The whole city’s gonna change because of this,” Lucarelli said.

Studios start at $1,900, one-bedrooms at $2,225, two-bedrooms at $2,850 and three-bedrooms at $4,215, according to Park Bayonne’s website. About 20 of the building’s 60 units have been leased already, Lucarelli said.

The project, which has a five-year tax abatement from the city, includes a parking garage with 71 parking spaces, he said.

Community amenities at Park Bayonne include an indoor rooftop lounge, an outdoor rooftop patio with grilling stations, a fitness center, complimentary shuttles to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and other features, the building’s website states.


Art Gallery Opens New Show

Calling all art lovers to this Hudson County event


Inage: Peter Drake

PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with 70 COLUMBUS in downtown Jersey City, presents a one-month pop up exhibition highlighting the passion and talent of the creators and makers of Jersey City.

OPENING RECEPTION: Feb 5, 5pm-9pm (sunset cocktails from the 50th Floor)

OPEN WEEKLY: Sat & Sun, 1pm-7pm through March 6 (sunset cocktails 5pm-7pm)

Additionally available by appointment and private events

The exhibition “Mementos” features the multi- faceted dimensions of love through art and objects. “Mementos”, will be showcased in an authentic apartment home experience with local artists, boutiques and artisans from the community and local area. The 50th floor penthouses, with their stunning panoramic views, will be transformed into elegantly furnished homes where all art, furnishings and accessories are for sale. This meticulously curated experience will be a warm place to get to know your neighborhood shops and a superior coterie of artists that weave together themes of love and remembrance through paintings, drawings and sculpture. “Mementos” is a selection of works inspired by this positive expression of love.

Artwork curated by Michelle Doll & Lisa Lebofsky Interior Design & Accessories by Regina Mariano Jewelry and Fashion consulting by Jessica Van Treuren.

Panepinto Galleries was founded by Stefania Panepinto in 2011 as a collective space to host gallery exhibitions and film screenings. Located in the heart of the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, NJ, the 10,000SF gallery and artist’s studios have been vital in building a vibrant community for artists, local residents and visitors from the surrounding metro area. For further information and to join our mailing list, please contact the gallery:| T: 201.521.9000.

Castle Lanterra Properties Kicks Off Educational Tenant Scholarship Program

Residents and Dependents of Bayonne’s Harbor Pointe are Eligible

Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP) has launched an academic scholarship program to provide opportunities for its tenants at the company’s residential properties throughout the east, south and midwestern U.S., announced Elie Rieder, founder and CEO of the New York-based, privately-held real estate company. The Castle Lanterra Properties Scholarship Program will be offered to residents and their families within the company’s 3,000+-unit multifamily portfolio. In Bayonne, the program is open to residents of the recently acquired, 544-unit Harbor Pointe on the city’s waterfront.

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Elie Rieder, founder and CEO of Castle Lanterra Properties

“Philanthropy has always been a vital part of our business philosophy,” said Rieder, “and we are pleased to be able to give back to the residents of our communities with this meaningful program.” Education has always been an important cause to the family.

“The quality of life of our residents remains a very high priority, as always, and we are pleased to be able to reward the loyalty of residents with this opportunity,” he said. “It is our desire for our residents to feel proud of where they live.”

“We’re working closely with property managers at each of the properties eligible for this program,” explained Jim Brady, vice president of property management and operations at Castle Lanterra. “Our property manager at Harbor Pointe is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the residents and has expressed great interest in the scholarship program.”

“This opportunity is amazing,” said Paul Medawar of Alliance Residential Co. and Business Manager at Harbor Pointe. “We are so fortunate to be working with Castle Lanterra Properties.”

Castle Lanterra tenants who are eligible include high school seniors, graduates and post-secondary undergraduates who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2016-2017 academic year. The company will award $5,000 for the top scholarship recipient and two additional $1,000 awards.

The program is designed to recognize students with strong academic performance who demonstrate leadership and participate in both school and community activities. Work experience, career and educational goals, and any unusual personal or family circumstances are also considered.

“We chose to have students write an essay covering some issue of ‘personal, local, national or international’ concern. The goal is to encourage self-expression and consideration of the world today and their role in the community,” Rieder said.

The program launched Monday, January 11 with an application deadline of March 1, 2016.

Take Wing in Bayonne


The Bayonne Nature Club Presents “Wings” an exhibit of exquisite wildlife photographs by Lois Adlin.

Join the Bayonne Nature Club members & friends in this very special dedication & opening reception in memory of Lois Adlin on Sunday, January 24th from 1-4 pm in the Lobby Gallery of the JCC of Bayonne located at 1050 Kennedy Blvd (45th street) Bayonne, NJ 07002. 

Don’t miss the “Indoor Birdwalk” with guest speaker and bird expert Michael Brit at 2:00pm. This event is FREE & Open to the Public! Wine, cheese, coffee/tea will be served. The facility is Wheelchair Accessible!

Exhibit on view 1/24/16 – 3/01/16 M-Th 9a-10p, Fri 9a-6p, Sat-Sun 9a-4p. For more information about this event please contact JCC Director of Fine Art Erin L. Kachmar or call 201.436.6900.

Get Out & Shop This Weekend!

PANEPINTO GALLERIES presents in collaboration with the W HOTEL, the Holiday Pop-Up show MY FAVORITE THINGS curated by MICHELLE DOLL – 48 artists 100+ pieces of art as GIFTS!

This collection of small works brings together local artists from Hoboken, Jersey City, Brooklyn and Manhattan in celebration of the holidays and the idea of giving beautiful works of art as GIFTS! Featuring small works 12”x14” and below starting at $250 – buy it and take it, wrapped and ready to go home!

2015-12-09_13-27-52Panepinto Galleries was founded by Stefania Panepinto in 2011 as a collective space to host gallery exhibitions, film screenings, as well as build a community of artists. Located in the heart of the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, the 10,000SF gallery and artists studios include 14′ ceilings, elevator, a loading dock, and convenient access for private and public transportation. For appointments, further information and to join our mailing list, please contact the

Curated by Michelle Doll

OPENING RECEPTION: DECEMBER 12, 2015 5-9PM  with after-party 9 pm to midnight at W Hotel Living Room Bar

December 12th & 13th 12-9 pm only

December 18th 4-10 pm only & by appointment



NY Giants Players Give Thanks


New York Giant Defensive Tackle, Cullen Jenkins (#99) is assisted by Stop & Shop’s, Sal Marconi (left) and Jose Alexandre (right) as New York Giants Players unloaded 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys that Stop & Shop donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Former Giants’ Running Backs Billy Taylor and Rodney Hampton, Wide Receivers Stephen Baker and Chris Calloway, Guard Rich Seubert, Punter Jeff Feagles and Defensive End Leonard Marshal also took part.

New York Giants Football Players Unloaded 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys that Stop & Shop donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express program delivered nearly 21,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island this holiday season.

Hunger remains a very real problem in New Jersey with more families forced to make donated food an ongoing, basic part of their plan to make ends meet. More people are coming more often to pantries and other feeding programs because they are forced to use their ever-eroding resources to pay for other critical needs such as housing, transportation and medicine, with little or nothing left over for food. In the past year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributed a record 44.6 million pounds of food. Almost 900,000 people in New Jersey rely on food banks, and 7.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by a food bank partner charity.

  • Almost 400,000 children in New Jersey (nearly 1 in 5) are food insecure.
  • A great many families rely on public and private assistance to help feed their children, utilizing resources including school breakfasts and lunches, after-school meals, summer feeding programs, BackPack and Kids Cafe programs and other food provided by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its partner charities.
  • 77% said they had to choose between paying for utilities or food.
  • 73% chose between medicine and food.
  • 70% chose between housing and food.
  • 61% chose between transportation and food.
  • 35% chose between education and food.
  • 75% said they purchased inexpensive, unhealthy food as a way to cope.
  • 57% had a household member with high blood pressure.
  • 28% had a household member with diabetes.

Stop & Shop donates over $12 million in product and financial support to individual food banks. In addition to the Turkey Express program, Stop & Shop continues to fight hunger through the Food for Friends campaign, which will raise more than $1 million this year for more than 300 local hunger relief organizations through the states that it operates in.


It’s Time to Eat!!

2015-07-29_10-40-50Hudson Restaurant Week started on Monday and runs through Friday, August 7th.

Hudson Restaurant Week is a bi-annual culinary celebration that promotes Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey during slow times of the year: January and July. It is run for two weeks primarily Monday through Friday, though some offer the deal over the weekend in between. Restaurant offer a discounted prix-fixe for lunch and/or dinner. It was created in January 2005 through conversations with local restaurants.

Check out the participating restaurant HERE, including the addition of KP Sarelli’s in Bayonne!