Introduction to Bayonne, New Jersey
Bayonne, New Jersey, in Hudson county, is 5 miles SE of Newark, New Jersey. The city is situated on a peninsula bordered by New York Bay, and the Newark Bay. It features a diverse population with prominent Italian, Polish and Irish communities. The municipality also includes a significant Hispanic population. Bergen Point and Constable Hook are communities situated in Bayonne.
Parts of the municipality are Urban Enterprise Zones. The Bayonne Bridge is one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world. The city is home to the notable Cape Liberty Cruise Port. The service sector and container port operations are significant factors for the economy. Bayonne is regarded as a residential community.
The Lenni Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1609 Henry Hudson arrived in Newark Bay and claimed the region for the Netherlands. The city was named in tribute to Bayonne, France by the French Huguenot settlers. In 1654 the territory increased after a Dutch Director General provided a large number of land grants to settlers in the upper portion of the peninsula.
In 1664 the British defeated the Dutch and took control of the area. During the American Revolutionary War, British and the Colonial soldiers battled at Fort Delancy. In 1872 Standard Oil purchased land at Constable Hook and became a major employer. In 1875 Prentice Oil Company arrived at Constable Hook. Tidewater Oil Company relocated to the area.
Bayonne and nearby Attractions
- Rutkowski Park
- Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park
- Brennan Fire Museum
- Bayonne Community Museum
- Liberty State Park
- Jersey Gardens
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
Bayonne and nearby Activities and Entertainment
Residents enjoy the Richard L. Korpi Ice Rink. The area includes numerous fishing locations. Manhattan is less than ten minutes away which makes it convenient for residents to enjoy the activities, theatrical productions, restaurants, shopping, professional sports teams and the wide variety of entertainment located in New York City.
The city is served by the nearby Newark International Airport. The Bayonne Bridge connects the city to Staten Island. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail offers transportation to New York City.