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He was one of the richest men in America and he is from Bayonne. Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr; seen here with President Lyndon Johnson was one of America’s first media tycoons. He was so rich that his wealth was actually approximately 1/1681th of US GNP. In today’s standards he makes Rupert Murdoch look like a pauper.
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Herman Kahn was a military strategist who developed our current day nuclear defense system. He is from Bayonne. Kahn’s theories were so influential that a movie was made about him, maybe you’ve heard of it? “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

 

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Recognize this building? Well, you should. It is the Herbert Hoover Dept. of Commerce building, designed by Bayonne resident Louis Ayres!
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Raymond James “Ray” Donovan was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be 17th United States Secretary of Labor and he too is from Bayonne.
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Bayonne was once home to a whole US Naval Fleet. The “Mothball” Fleet was stationed at the MOT until 1963, when the base was converted to an Army Base.
Bayonne is one of the only cities in the country to be home to two surviving Medal of Honor Recipients. Nicholas Oresko and Stephen R. Gregg.
Bayonne is one of the only cities in the country to be home to three  Medal of Honor Recipients who survived the wars they served in: Nicholas Oresko and Stephen R. Gregg and William Shemin.
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Bayonne has musical talent: Clem Burke (seen above) was the drummer of the band Blondie. Famous rock guitarists George Cummings & Zakk Wylde are from Bayonne. As well as famous songwriters Ben Bernie & Robert Tepper of “No Easy Way out” fame. Bayonne is home to many talented musicians!
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Bayonne was home to an Italian POW Camp during WWII. Many of the prisoners of war stayed in Bayonne after the war. The walls of the prison can still be seen today.

 

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General Martin E. Dempsey is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and yes, he is from Bayonne. Did you expect the president to take advice from anyone else?
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Bayonne is home to dozens of current and former college and professional athletes: Nebraska Corn Husker and Houston Texan Jammal Lord, Cubs Pitcher Joe Borowski, and Villanova star Cory Stokes to name a few.
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On September 15th, 1958, a train crashed into the Newark Bay. 48 people died. The newspapers reported the crash showing the iconic image of a half-submerged train car with the number on the side. Naturally, every gambler on the east coast played that number. The next day, that number came up in the local lotteries, bankrupting bookies and banks all over the metro area because of the epic payout.
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Shaq lived at the Bayonne MOT with his family and attended Horace Mann School.
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John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil or Esso made Bayonne an oil giant in the early 1900s. Bayonne refined more oil than any place in the world. Rockefeller’s grip on Bayonne only angered other tycoons in America so in 1903 Andrew Carnegie built the Bayonne Library to win our hearts and minds. Oh you…..
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Second from the left is Bayonne’s own Congressman Cornelius Gallagher. He was with President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and he was with Jackie O. shortly after JFK was assassinated. He helped JFK start the Peace Corps and he fought for social justice with MLK and he still lives in Bayonne!
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By 1930, Bayonne was one of New Jersey’s largest cities with over 88,000 residents.
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Known as the real life Rocky, this Bayonne native has thrown punches with the best of them. Chuck Wepner, or known around town as “The Champ,” is a legend who fought legends. In the 9th round with the Greatest of All Time, Wepner put Muhammad Ali on the canvass, only the third time that had happened to Ali in his career.
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Bayonne has one of the highest lottery player percentages in the state and is also the home of the most winners of $1000 dollars and over. Keep playing, Lucky Bayonne!
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Hendrickson’s on Broadway was a prohibition era Speakeasy. Babe Ruth often frequented the establishment for a cold brew.
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Bayonne has a wind turbine. It is the only one in the New York Metro area.
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Bayonne is home to some pretty exclusive pieces of real estate. This house was the home Rev. Richard Bache, the great grand son of Benjamin Franklin.
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Bayonne has been visited by a couple of notable guys. President’s Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy have all had extended stays in Bayonne.
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Bayonne has star power: Emmy Award winning actress Tammy Blanchard (seen here in her Tony nominated performance on Broadway), Sandra Dee, Josh Gomez, Frank Langella, Brian Keith, Javier Nunez, James Urbaniak…the list goes on. Bayonne is jam packed with characters on and off the screen.
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Bayonne makes guns? That’s right, Bayonne is home to Henry Repeating Arms Co. HRA Company makes vintage replicas of 19th century firearms.
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Richard “Dick” Savitt was a professional tennis player who ranked number two in the world – and he is from Bayonne. He even won Wimbledon! Eat your heart out, Rafael Nadal…
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Got a layover in Paris? Want a snack and a newspaper? Well, thank Bayonne native Robert B. Cohen. Cohen started the first Hudson News stand at LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 1987. Today there are over 600 locations worldwide.
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The Soviet Union felt that a nuclear strike on Bayonne would cause the most damage to the United States. So during the Cold War, Bayonne was a top Soviet Target.
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Contrary to popular belief that Bayonne is named after the bayonet on a gun, it is actually named after Bayonne, France, its sister city. Bayonne really comes from the Basque word for river, ibai or ibaio. Later in the ibai region the bayonet was invented. So Bayonne made the bayonet, not vice versa.
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Bayonne is a pop culture icon. Many movies, music videos, and television shows were and are still being shot in Bayonne. Pearl Jam and Mariah Carey have filmed videos in Bayonne. Tom Cruise and Demi Moore have made movies here. Even Jon Stewart’s Daily Show has gotten in on Bayonne’s unique appeal.
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According to Trip Advisor, Bayonne is a must stop for pizza lovers visiting NYC.
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Another famous Bayonne Congressman is Barney Frank. Frank left Bayonne to attend Harvard, never to return. In fact, he always spoke negatively about growing up in Bayonne. Hey Barney, we didn’t want you anyway!
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Yes, Bayonne has an exclusive golf club. Justin Timberlake, President Clinton, and Donald Trump often play Bayonne’s course. Proximity to New York City and a helipad make Bayonne Golf Club a premier spot for the rich and famous to play.
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50 Million people can’t be wrong. This Bayonne Native tops the list of famous Bayonne residents. Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has sold 25 million copies of his series in North America alone. HBO has even made a series about Martin’s books. So when someone asks you, “why is Bayonne so special?” …you can share this list.

 

To Finish off, here is a whole bunch of times Bayonne was mentioned on TV and in Movies!!

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38 Comments

  1. somehow i got left out of the famous people. i was in 3 major motion pictures. also of the sports section, you left out Dannan Hughes and Kenny Britt , way more famous and recognizable then the athletes you have listed

  2. While chucking somewhat about perhaps a ‘localized overstatement’ being a USSR cold war target, came across Herman Kahn – his theories contributed to the development of the nuclear strategy of the United States preeminent cold war analyst/writer, born in?…. Bayonne! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Kahn Great article

  3. I have always been proud to have been born in Bayonne Hospitaln(5th. fl. floor) in 1940 it was first opened). And to this day I’m proud to have lived in this city and when people say ” I’m sorry for you” my reply NO I”M SORRY FOR YOU to have not been born in our Bayonne”! Your loss.! My children were born there and my youngest wish she had been!

    Thank you for this article!

  4. It amazes me how people could be proud of being from such a trashy city. There are closed business all over Bayonne and projects littering the neighborhood. This list was so pathetic. It’s nothing to be proud of. It’s something to be embarrassed about.

    1. T.A. …. Back in the day when I lived in Bayonne while I was growing up, it was a great city to live in, great people, good sports teams to play on, everyone knew everyone, no one feared for their lives, you did not really have to lock your doors, the Carnivals, Broadway and everyone helped everyone. (There were a lot more but these made the top of my quick thought list.) What changed and why? I do not know because I left Bayonne in 97 right before whatever took place to make the city of Bayonne what it is now. Maybe someone who still lives there can tell us….

    2. The people have never been closed. Their hearts, their homes their friendships have created a warm & wonderful city to have grown up in.

      I am proud to be from the special city of Bayonne (a true Bayonneite) for ever !!!!!!!!

  5. Though I was born in Jersey City, I spent many of my weekends shopping in Bayonne and all my doctors were in Bayonne. I left Jersey City in 1977 and moved to Bayonne, where I lived very happily until I moved to New York City after I married my husband. I’ve met Tammy Blanchard on several occasions and she is lovely. She is so talented and won the Emmy for her performance as the young Judy Garland, ME AND MY SHADOWS. I’m always excited to see something she’s in.

  6. Your article was very interesting, sorry for the negativity, but you can’t please everyone. I didn’t like the comment about Jack Britt. The person should not comment about someone who cannot defend himself. He passed away this year.

    I have written one book “BAYONNE Memoirs in Black and White” its 300 pages with over 500 mages of Bayonne and its people. I still get asked “Why didn’t you write about this or that?”
    I also wrote two books about men who served during WW II , with BIOS and photographs. I would comment that during WW II Bayonne was indeed a target for U Boat attack. One or two torpedoes hitting Tide Water or Standard Oil would have blown up most of the East coast. Think about it, there could of been a chain reaction.

  7. I lived in Bayonne for about 13 years….i have many fond memories and a soft spot in my heart for Bayonne.

  8. Does anyone remember the bowling alleys below the DeWitt theater? I set pins there in the late 40s early 50s for 10 cents a line. How about the trollys from the car barns in Greenville into Bayonne. My grandfather was a trolly conductor and then they went to electrified busses on AVE C. We lived on 54th St between AVE B & C. Went to ST Vincents grade school then to VO-TECH. Delivered milk for Tommy Fico until I went into the service in 1955. Great times growing up in a great town.

    1. Frank, Went to the DeWitt many, many times, never knew there was a bowling alley under it. I went to St. Vincent’s in 55 and 56 when we lived on 49th Street. We moved to Andrew Street and I finished grammar school at S.A. Roberson. It was a great place to grow up in. Don’t get there much anymore but have GREAT memories of it.

  9. I’m proud to be from Bayonne! And to “T.A.” if you dislike Bayonne so much, what are you doing on a Bayonne website trolling? Shouldn’t you have better things to do? 😉

  10. I think this a GREAT article! It seems like in the last 10-15 years, everytime Bayonne made the news it was for something negative (contestants on reality shows misbehaving or guidance counselors). It is really good to know that there are way more good things to focus on and be proud of.

    I left Bayonne in the late 90’s after growing up there, and I will admit that it has gone downhill from what I could tell on return visits. But maybe with more articles like these, Bayonne can make a comeback in the 21st century. Knowing the people who live there, if anyone can do it, they can.

  11. I was raised in Bayonne and lived there until I was 23. My father worked at the military ocean terminal when it was run by the Navy. My mother managed the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce for about 25 years, and no longer has a physical address.

    Bayonne was a great town to be raised in and always will have fond memories of the Bayonne I grew up in.

  12. Bayonne was the very best place to grow up. I walked to school, both Horace Mann and Bayonne High every day..Played in the streets and park after school. Rode my bike to the boat pond and walked Broadway for the fun of it. Never worried about being hurt or in trouble. Lived very close to the JCC where everyone gathered for club meetings or dances. Also frequented Naples Pizza down the street on Broadway weekly.. Have very fond memories of Bayonne, actually my brother still has his Podiatry office there.

    I did hear that there is a Bayonne Tee Shirt available,…please send me the contact to Phyllissrothman@gmail.com I am still not affraid of anyone from Bayonne contacting me,,

  13. I loved growing up in Bayonne..I left 1990 but have the best memories…Broadway…to place like it growing up…left early in the morning and had to be home when the streetlights went on..I agree with cupcake..get off the site if you don’t have anything positive to say….proud to say I am from Bayonne!!!

  14. I’ve too lived in Bayonne all my life,still have lots of memories ,went to BHS in the seventies great times , I remember the Dewitt theatre, the Bayonne Times newspaper, the old city hall, police station, the Lyceum theatre on 38th street & Broadway , the old train station on eighth street where I used to play a lot lived on 9 street between Broadway & Ave C. the old A & P supermarket on 9th street on the corner of Ave C. now there’s two family homes there, the Plaza theatre on 17th on Broadway .Trust Company on 9th Broadway which is now a museum ,a small post office on 9th off Broadway, especially one car per family, not like today, Woolworths’ where if you pop a balloon with a free ticket in in you would get a free banana spilt, so many retail stores, shoe stores, men’s wear, ladies’ wear ,children’s wear, even Wolfson’s record store where LP’s ,45’s ,78’s were sold the list could go on & on, but I remember more but I think you would get the general idea,the churches CYO used to hold dances on every Friday nite ,different churches would hold them & my best was the muscle cars driving up & down Broadway on Friday & Saturday nites boy those were the days wish we could have them back but life goes on & I’ll always have the memories which are the best.

  15. Don’t forget that Bayonne has the most expensive hospital! From The New York Times: “Bayonne Medical Center charged the highest amounts in the country for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital treatments, according to a New York Times analysis of 2011 data, the most recent available. No other hospital was at the top of the price list more often.”

  16. Born & raised in Bayonne on 46 St. Have great memories of crossing the bridge at 46th & Ave E. Passing the American Standard Toilet Bowl factory & heading right down to the Long Docks to go crabbing & skinny dipping. Going to the Painted Pony Ranch to rent a horse at $2.50 an hour. Eventually I got a job there. Saved my money & finally was able to buy my very own horse. Growing up in the 50’s & 60’s was like a scene out of the movies. The church feasts, the excursions, TAC dances, Uncle Milties & the list goes on. Safe & proud was the city of Bayonne. Very glad I grew up in Bayonne. At one point, Bayonne was listed as the 23rd safest city of it’s size in the entire country!!

  17. I grew up in the projects in downtown Bayonne. AKA Gods Country to the people below the RR Tracks @ 8th St.
    DOWNTOWN RULES!!

  18. I’m from Bayonne and have nothing but great memories of it. We went to the Bayonne Pool often in the summer and afterwards went to a place down the road named the K-9. I know it was actually in Jersey City near Roosevelt Stadium. Just thought I would ask. Thanks for the memories.

  19. How about the PAL paddlewheeler trips to Rockaway Beach. Spitzes ice cream parlor. The Italian Feast on E 48th Street with the grease pole with the goodies at the top. We used to go to Eagle Rock off Broadway between Bayonne & Jersey City and build a fire and roast mickies (potatos) just threw them in the fire and ate the charcoal and all. Skating rink at the Boulevard with the moonlight skating with the twirling ball. Boulevard pool 25cents to get in. White Castle right in front with 10 sliders for a buck. Venice Pizza where we hung out on Fri-Sat nights.

  20. Zakk Wylde, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne was born in Bayonne. Also, the Bayonne Bridgemen were a world famous champion Drum & Bugle Corps. Sandra Dee was a major movie star in her day.

  21. I am a true Bayonne girl, born and raised until I left for college in 1990. I lived on 22nd Street, the same house my mother grew up in, and my grandmother grew up in! As a matter of fact, most of my block was family-which doesn’t happen anywhere today! I am in Georgia now, but whenever I get the chance to visit up north we always make a stop in Bayonne and go to Pompei for my very favorite pizza, and pick up Judickes donuts for my kids and drive by “the house”. Even when my husband goes to NYC for business he takes his clients to Pompei for pizza. I have only the fondest memories of my hometown and when I meet someone and they ask where I’m from because of my strong accent, I tell them proudly “I was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ”. It’s what makes me awesome-like no one else.

  22. I grew up in Bayonne in the 70’s and have fond memories of it. Went to S.A. Roberson and remember every inch of it. Left Bayonne in ’04 but visit family as often as possible. Have to hit San Vito’s for their Sicilian and a slice, then Judicke’s for the worlds best Boston cream donuts.

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