Bayonne, Life on the Peninsula

EDITOR BLP
Hasta la vista, couch potatoes!
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Judging from this issue, Bayonne folks are into sports. Consider: We have a story about fishing from various locales in Bayonne. Avid anglers come in all shapes and sizes, from older guys, who know...
Who is Bayonne’s Jane Doe?
The enduring legacy of a cold case
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos by Max Ryazansky
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Nestled in a jughandle off Hook Road is a small hill. It's close to the neon lights of nearby businesses, but hidden from the highway, strangely isolated despite its proximity to Route 440 where tr...
The Bayonne Box
An architectural archetype
by Rory Pasquariello
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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New Jersey often gets a bad rap, Bayonne especially. During the housing boom of the mid-2000s, which culminated in a global financial crisis in 2009, residents of Newark began associating their cro...
Hooked!
Anglers cast their lines in Bayonne waters
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On any given afternoon between February and November, you can find Aaron Nieves fishing from County Park in the waters of Newark Bay. Aaron, who’s a 17-year-old student at Snyder High School in Jer...
Extra Innings…
…for senior women’s softball
by Kate Rounds
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful Bayonne setting than Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium. This exquisitely renovated facility is set against the alluring industrial backdrop of Newark Bay wit...
Java Joints
Lattes, laptops, and the new face of Bayonne
by Tara Ryazansky
Photos by Max Ryazansky
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Bayonne is evolving. Luxury condos are on the rise. Soon a 10-story building will tower over Broadway where mom-and-pop shops once stood. The cafés that are popping up around town reflect the young...
The Iron EMS
Mickey McCabe back on the job
by Rory Pasquariello
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In the middle of a Giants game in October with breathing tubes in his nose, Mickey McCabe received a call from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with good news. They’d found a matching...
Celebrity Sighting
All aboard at Cape Liberty Cruise Port
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We’ve all seen them, and sometimes salivated over them: gorgeous pictures of Caribbean cruises. But what we witnessed on a gorgeous morning in June was something more interesting—a bustling cruise ...
WORKING OUT WITH
Pete Amadeo
by Hannington Dia
Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez
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Bayonne’s Supervisor of Recreation Pete Amadeo has spent much of his 35 years impressing others. His no-hitter during his high-school baseball years at St. Peter’s Prep (an accomplishment that only...
Showtime for a Bayonne Fifth Grader
Gabby Beredo goes on tour with the hit Broadway musical ‘Matilda’
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Spend a few moments on the phone with Gabby Beredo, and you forget you’re chatting with an All Saints fifth grader; you have to stop yourself from inviting her to Happy Hour. She’s a Bayonne native...
K Kids
At Midtown Community, quiet hands, walking feet, and lotsa ducks!
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The scene that greets us on the last morning of May is lively, colorful, cute—and a real learning experience. The kids are all spiffed up and ready to raise their hands to answer any and all questi...
Family Friendly
Helping kids find their way home
by Tara Ryazansky
Photo by Max Ryazansky
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“Do you know how to spell our last name?” asks little Isabella Gunshefski. Her siblings and cousins help her spell it out. It's a name they all share as of May 15 when James and Sandra Gunshefski o...
WATERING HOLE
The Starting Point
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Whoever named the Starting Point was pretty clever. If you live down near the Bayonne Bridge and the Kill Van Kull, then it is indeed the starting point. But if you live up in the 50s, then the Sta...
Luciano’s San Vito
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A testament to San Vito’s popularity is that it was packed on a Monday at 5:30 p.m. There were two huge parties, one a graduation celebration, the graduate resplendent in her mortarboard. More than...
EDITOR’S LETTER BLP
Triumphing Over Tragedy
Feb 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 437 437 recommendations | email to a friend
Tara Ryazansky’s cover story is about some of our Bayonne neighbors who have transcended horrible personal tragedies by giving back to the community. In this issue we salute Margaret Abrams, Pam O’...
Accidental Activists
Turning unspeakable tragedies into forces for good
by Tara Ryazansky
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Pam O’Donnell walks the baseball field with her daughter Ali and their new dog, Peanut. Stephen R. Gregg Park means a lot to her family. She often circles the bases, talking to her husband and reme...
Helping People at All Times BLP
Girls Scouts uphold a century-old tradition
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The scrumptious “S” word will be forever linked to the Girl Scouts—s’mores. If you were a Girl Scout, it’s hard to forget that burnt-marshmallow messy concoction with the name that says it all. But...
ON TAP BLP
Capturing the friendliest places in town
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To be clear, it’s far from last call for Bayonne’s many neighborhood bars. But with development mushrooming, new high rises going up, and waterfront improvements in the works, these iconic watering...
CITY CRITTERS BLP
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Seems like our four-legged friends love making an appearance in Bayonne. Here are some more images of our ever-popular non-taxpaying friends and neighbors. Please remember to email your city critte...
WORKING OUT WITH BLP
Vince Virga
by Anand Rao
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I was a little nervous when I was asked to work out with Vincent Virga. Never having trained with a triathlete, I was worried about not being able to stay the course, much less write a feature abou...

EATERY BLP
KP Sarelli’s
by Kate Rounds

ON THE JOB WITH BLP
Jaime Hickey
by Tara Ryazansky

ENTERTAINMENT BLP
George Cummings
by Tara Ryazansky

Spanning the Decades
Recollections of our iconic bridge
by Neil Carroll and Patty Smith