Union Beach NJ "Purchased from the Lenape in 1676, Union Beach formed originally as a humble farming community, supplying New Jersey with grain, fish and eventually soldiers for both British and American forces during the Revolutionary War. Having remained agrarian for its first two centuries, the arrival of the New Jersey Central Railroad on the eve of the 1890s finally modernized Union Beach, sending waves of people and commerce towards the Bayshore. The original farms, still mostly intact since the seventeenth century, were sold and subdivided, making room for new and numerous residents. As farmland gave way to neighborhoods, fishing became Union Beach’s lifeblood and claim to fame. Blessed by the natural fruitfulness of the Raritan Bay, Union Beach flourished and expanded well into the 1920s. Regrettably, the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 more or less sank the town, triggering a town-wide tailspin which continued into the 1950s as fishing in the Raritan Bay proved no longer profitable. It was only in the 1980s that renewed investment in the Bayshore helped Union Beach back on its feet.
Union Beach has since rediscovered itself. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, modern, spacious and lifted homes now dot the landscape, looking down at freshly paved roads and the lush, green foliage which surrounds the Bayshore. The waterfront along Front Street too is now new and improved. Stop on by and visit the newly rebuilt JakeaBob’s Bay for snacks, drinks and an unobscured look at the New York City skyline: hands down the Big Apple’s best angle as seen from the Bayshore. Stay cool in the bay breeze or venture out to nearby Keyport, Middletown or Highlands, all only minutes away. Come home to the comfort of the Bayshore; come home to Union Beach."