Bergen Point

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Bergen Point
the point lends its name to the neighbourhood

Bergen Point is a point of land on the north side of the outlet of Kill van Kull into Newark Bay, and the neighborhood that radiates from it in the southwestern part of Bayonne, New Jersey, closest to the Bayonne Bridge.[1] Historically the term has been used more broadly as synonymous with Constable Hook. Geographically they are separated at Port Johnson.

The area was connected to Staten Island with a ferry as early as the late 17th century, and was later developed as a resort.[2] In the late 18th century it become more prominent as a ferry landing for travellers between New York and Philadelphia.[3] The Bergen Point Lighthouse, built offshore in 1849, was demolished and replaced with a skeletal tower in the mid 20th century.[4] A charter was granted for the construction of The Jersey City and Bergen Point Plank Road in 1851.[5]

Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine announced on May 6, 2006, that funding was in place to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system to Eighth Street. Work was completed and the station opened in January 2011.[6]

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  1. ^ Hudson County New Jersey Street Map. Hagstrom Map Company, Inc. 2008. ISBN 0-88097-763-9. 
  2. ^ Bergen Point
  3. ^ Paulus Hook Ferry
  4. ^ Bergen Point Lighthouse, 1849-1949, New Jersey Lighthouse Society.
  5. ^ Laws of the State of New Jersey, 1811, pp. 337-340
  6. ^ Frassinelli, Mike. "NJ Transit opens Bayonne 8th Street Station, extending Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service", The Star-Ledger, January 31, 2011. Accessed August 25, 2013.

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Coordinates: 40°39′N 74°08′W / 40.65°N 74.14°W / 40.65; -74.14