Bike-share RFP issued
The City of Bayonne announced the issuance of request for proposals this week for the establishment and maintenance of a bike-share program in Bayonne. Time will tell whether Bayonne will take a route similar to Jersey City, which signed onto the Citibike program so that its many NYC commuters can take advantage of the service in Manhattan. Another option is the Hoboken route, which created its own bike share program designed to hold onto more of the ad revenue locally while sacrificing commuters’ convenience of sharing the same program with Manhattan.
“Over the past two and a half years my administration has invested heavily in our roadway infrastructure and parks system,” said Mayor James Davis in a statement.“In the same time we’ve received increasing requests for the vetting and establishment of a bike share program. The institution of such a program would link our city at strategically placed locations and increase transportation options for local residents and visitors. I look forward to announcing an award next month and our subsequent steps in the weeks to follow.”
Pedestrian killed by garbage truck
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a garbage truck turning left to drive south on Avenue C from 54th Street at around 5 a.m. on Friday, February 3, according to a statement from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. The pedestrian was later identified as Caleb J. Serrano, 32, of New York City. The 2004 MAC garbage truck was driven by Daniel E. Peek, 44, of Union City and owned by Fairfield-based Suburban Disposal Inc. Peek remained on the scene with the vehicle until police arrived. The crash remains under investigation by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Mexican Consulate will hold a satellite office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayonne City Hall from Tuesday through Friday to assist Mexican-Americans who may be inconvenienced by traveling to the consulate in Manhattan on 37th Street.
The Mexican Consulate provides protection services to aid Mexican nationals abroad. The consulate issues Mexican identification cards, passports, officially stamps and notarizes legal documents to be used in Mexico, and shares information about protections afforded to Mexican nationals in the U.S.
For more information on services offered at satellite consulate offices, contact the Mexican Consulate in NYC at (212) 217-6400.
Fire on Broadway
Nine residents have been temporarily displaced by a fire on Broadway between 36th and 37th Streets on the morning of Saturday, February 4, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver. The Bayonne Fire Department found a fire in the rear wall on the second floor of the building. Firefighters then stretched two hose lines into the building to contain the fire to the second floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and placed under control at 11:20 a.m. The cause of the fire is accidental and remains under investigation.
Zoning Board to vote on mosque March 6
The Bayonne Zoning Board is scheduled to continue its hearing to vote on major site plan approval for a new Muslim Community Center. The meeting will be at Bayonne High School on March 6 at 6 p.m. The last meeting, held on January 23, ended after five hours with one expert witness left to testify, along with the public comments portion.
Bayonne Muslims, a nonprofit organization, has been renting the basement of St. Henry’s School on Avenue C for community and prayer services for six years. The group proposed to convert what is currently an unoccupied warehouse on the East Side at 109 East 24th Street into a community center, including a mosque, classrooms, and a soup kitchen.
At the meeting on the 23rd, opponents of the plan cited concerns about traffic and noise. Residents asked how long and frequent prayers might be, how much traffic increase they can expect, and whether mosque-goers will be walking through their yards.
In October, a Bayonne man vandalized the façade outside the entrance to the Muslim Community Center on Avenue C with spray paint, writing hateful and Islamophobic slurs, as reported by the Bayonne Community News. Jonathon Hussey, the man responsible, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation on January 3. As part of his probation, according to a statement from the Hudson County Clerk, Hussey penned an apology to both the Muslim Community Center and St. Henry’s Church.
City to break ground on 19 East
On Monday, February 13 at 1 p.m., Mayor James Davis, the city council, and Ingerman Development Company will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the “19 East” development on 19 East 19th Street.
Crews were on 19th Street in early January demolishing the vacant Housing Authority building to make way for the new development. The building is an unusual shape. It will be perpendicular, with one part starting on 19 East 19th Street and extending into the center of the block and then back out to Broadway.
The building should appeal to the young market, which puts a premium on walkability and public transportation to Manhattan. The new building will be within walking distance of the 22nd Street Light Rail and Broadway commerce. According to Ingerman, plans include 212 parking spaces on the bottom two floors, and 138 luxury units – 24 studio apartments, 74 one-bedroom apartments, and 40 two-bedroom apartments. 19 East is expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.
Groundbreaking for new Quick Check
A new Quick Check, complete with a gas station, is opening soon on Route 440 and 22nd Street. Mayor James Davis and members of the City Council will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on 195 East 22nd Street on February 16 at 1 p.m.
Harlem Wizards coming to town
The Bayonne Education Foundation, in partnership with KP Sarelli’s Restaurant and BCB Bayonne Community Bank, will once again bring the world-famous Harlem Wizards Basketball Team to Bayonne.
The Harlem Wizards brand of “Trick Hoops and Alley Oops” will be coming to Bayonne on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. in the Main Gym at Bayonne High School.
The Harlem Wizards have been packing gyms for more than 50 years; this event will be no exception. The Wizards will face off against a team of Bayonne Public School District teachers and administrators representing each district school. Bring the whole family for an afternoon packed with pre-game entertainment, refreshments, and Harlem Wizards souvenirs.
Ticket order forms can be obtained at each elementary school, or you can order tickets online at www.harlemwizards.com. Tickets are $8 for Children/Students, and $10 for Adults.
This community-wide event is a great way to support the students of the Bayonne Public School District. All funds raised from the game will go directly toward supporting innovative and creative afterschool or summer programs for children district wide.