Art in the Park Series

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Art in the Park Series at Collins Park 
Featuring Dance, Music, Theater and Poetry Performances

June 28th – George Young (Americana)
July 12th – Sterling C. Sample (Caribbean)
July 19th – Eldad Tarmu (Xylophone Jazz)
July 26th – Dave “Doc” Watson (Smooth Jazz)
August 2nd – Party of Five (A Capella Doowop)
August 9th – Conundrum
August 16th – Carolina Gonzalez Mama (Latin Jazz)
August 23rd – Bayonne Theatre Company/Chromium 6 (Rock)
August 30th Bridge Arts Festival Preview Theatre/Dance/Music

This series is sponsored by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs / Tourism Development.

ICYMI: Construction to Begin Soon on Bayonne’s Tallest Buildings

26-north-street-bayonne-mhs-renderingvia Jared Kofsky at JerseyDigs.com – New information and renderings have been revealed for a massive new mixed-use development near the 8th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station that will be the largest and tallest of its kind in Bayonne.

The upcoming project at 26 North Street, between Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard, is now slated to consist of two high-rise towers, each of which will be 22 stories tall. In an interview with Jersey Digs, David Greenman from Silbert Realty & Management stated that construction on this new development is expected to begin in the next 90 to 120 days.

The current plans call for each building to include 170 residential rental units, for a total of 340. The apartments are expected to mostly consist of one bedroom or two bedrooms, but some studios are possible. The ground floor will include 25,020 square feet of commercial space, which will likely be occupied in part with what Greenman describes as a regional “small footprint gourmet high-end grocery retailer.” In addition, another business such as a daycare center or a restaurant is expected to occupy 4,200 square feet. Four underground floors of parking with 725 spaces for shoppers and residents are also planned.

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Watch A Time-Lapse Video of the New Bayonne Bridge Roadway

Via PANYNJ:

Two of the world’s most visually arresting pieces of construction equipment – looking more like colossal candy-colored robots than mundane cranes – are toiling away on either side of the Kill van Kull, building new roadways that will serve the elevated Bayonne Bridge.

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Known as segment-launching gantries, or gantry cranes, these mechanical giants haul and install the 70-ton concrete segments that make up the roadways. As big as they are – 500 feet long and 1 million pounds each – they work with finesse and precision, moving the roadway segments into just the right place for human workers to bind them with steel, epoxy and more concrete.

Custom-made for the Port Authority’s ambitious Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project, the gantry cranes often operate at night when the bridge is closed to traffic. With their crayon-bold colors lit up in the dark, they seem to have arrived from another world – a Marvel Comics universe, perhaps, or a child’s oversized toy bin.

The project marks the first time engineers are building a bridge roadway above the original span, even as the lower road continues to carry traffic. It will maintain the steel arch that makes the Bayonne Bridge a civil engineering landmark, while giving drivers a safer, wider and more modern roadway with 12-foot lanes, new shoulders, a median divider, and a 12-foot bike and pedestrian walkway. See for yourself in the slideshow below and the time-lapse video of gantry cranes at work by the Port Authority’s Mike Dombrowki.

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Bayonne’s Own: George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones Cast members Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, and Bayonne-bred author George R.R. Martin. Illustration by Peter Horvath.

Game of Thrones Cast members Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, and Bayonne-bred author George R.R. Martin. Illustration by Peter Horvath.

You can’t talk about “All Things Bayonne” without mentioning that author George R. R. Martin was born and raised here.

Born in the fall of 1948, Martin’s parents were Raymond “Smokey”, a longshoreman, and Margaret Martin, a factory worker. They lived in the federal housing project “La Tourette” on First Street.

“I went to school on Fifth Street, and that was pretty much my world, from First Street to Fifth Street, except in my imagination,” he says. “I was a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy books. We didn’t even own a car, so we never went anywhere.”

Blessed with the vivid imagination that would later create A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin dreamed of traveling and distant lands when looking out at the Kill van Kull.

“There were always big ships on the way to Port Newark, freighters and oil tankers with flags from all over the world,” he says. “I had an encyclopedia with a list of flags in the back, so I would look at all these flags from China and Liberia and England and Denmark. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be voyaging on some of these ships…. Staten Island was Shangri-la to me. It was just lights shining on the water, lights of people that I would never see, people that I would never touch, but it really kindled my imagination.” 

Martin graduated from Marist High School in 1966 and headed off to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Read more about George R.R. Martin at NJMonthly.com