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Surrounded on three sides by water and bordering Jersey City by land, Bayonne is a world unto itself—a taste of small-town life within an urban setting. Bayonne's legacy as an industrial capital dates was forged in the early 1900s, when it served as a company town for the Standard Oil Refinery—once the largest in the world, encompassing hundreds of acres with more than a dozen piers. Today, the city plays an integral role in the Port of New York and New Jersey, with its bustling container terminals and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port. A recent building boom has brought an influx of new housing to the area, along with a wave of shops and restaurants to discover. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail allows easy travel to neighboring communities and other transit lines, including PATH in Jersey City and NJ Transit at Hoboken. There’s also the promise of a soon-to-open ferry service, linking the town directly with Manhattan.

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Living in Hudson County

The bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey to New York City have always had a lot of traffic flowing across the river, but now, it’s filled with moving trucks heading into New Jersey. This stretch of cities along the Hudson River—including Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weekhawken—has become an immensely popular destination for people in the New York City area looking for more space at more affordable prices, and yet still enjoying a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere. You’ll not only find the convenience of bigger supermarkets and other suburban amenities out here on New Jersey’s Gold Coast, but the food scene is superlative and the cultural offerings are destination-worthy, including a branch of France’s Centre Pompidou opening soon. The coastal towns are linked together by the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, which offers pedestrians a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline.