Bayonne (New Jersey)
The city is one of the last classic, true blue-collar cities left in the region. It has an interesting mix of third and fourth-generation Bayonnites and a large immigrant population. The city is home to large Indian, Latino, Egyptian, and Filipino communities. The largest Egyptian Coptic community outside of Egypt calls Bayonne home.
There are only three ways to get in and out of the city by car: the Bayonne Bridge from Staten Island, Route 440, and the New Jersey Turnpike (I-78) from Newark. During rush hour this results in traffic jams when exiting the city via New Jersey Turnpike. The city has its own exit off of the NJ Turnpike - 14A.
Bus transportation is provided on three main north-south streets of the city: Broadway, Kennedy Boulevard, and Avenue C, both by the state-operated New Jersey Transit and several private bus lines. The Broadway line runs solely inside Bayonne city limits, while bus lines on Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard run to various end points in Jersey City. One Kennedy Boulevard service (the Coach USA 99S) runs to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan, New York City, and rush hours peak direction the NJ Transit 120 runs between Avenue C in Bayonne and Battery Park in downtown Manhattan.
The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which was completed in the year 2000, has been a popular form of transportation which currently has stops throughout Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen.
Stations in Bayonne are:
Ironically, all of these stations were the original train stations for the old Central Jersey rail system.
Service within Bayonne is available between these four stations. Northbound service from Bayonne runs through Jersey City, mostly near the waterfront, to Hoboken Terminal. Other parts of the system can be accessed via transfers. The Tonnelle Avenue (in North Bergen) and other stations north of Hoboken Terminal can also be reached by transferring at stations between Liberty State Park and Pavonia-Newport for the West End Avenue-Tonnelle Avenue route. The Liberty State Park station is a transfer point for those traveling between Bayonne and stations on the West Side Avenue (Jersey City) line. Connection to PATH trains to midtown Manhattan and to New Jersey Transit commuter train service are available at Hoboken Terminal. Transfers to PATH trains to Newark, Harrison, and downtown Manhattan are available at Exchange Place.
The city is highly walkable and follows a grid system. The inhabited parts of the Peninsula City are 3 miles long by 1 mile wide. Biking, bussing, and private vehicles are all also popular options.
The city is home to an authentic dialect of New York English, with many phrases and words unique to the region. As Bayonne is part of the New York City metro area, many languages can be heard in public and private places, such as Spanish, Tagalog, and Arabic. It is common for signs of retailers to be bilingual or even trilingual.