Settled by the Dutch in 1646, Bayonne was originally called Bergen Neck and later was known as Konstable Hoeck (Constable Hook) when it was consolidated with Bergen Point, Centerville, and Salterville. It became a township in 1861. In 1869 it was incorporated as a city and renamed Bayonne. From 1850 until World War I, Bayonne was renowned for its yacht building. Since 1875 it has been a centre for oil refining, and it is now the northern terminus for several pipeline systems, including the Big Inch (about 1,500 miles [2,400 km] long) from Longview, Texas.
Legacy Lofts is just two blocks from the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has four stops in Bayonne. Bus transportation is provided on three main north-south streets of the city: Broadway, Kennedy Boulevard, and Avenue C, just a short walk away from Legacy Lofts, and the NJ Transit 120 runs between Avenue C in Bayonne and Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan during rush hours in peak direction while the 81 provides service to Jersey City. MTA Regional Bus Operations provides bus service between Bayonne and Staten Island on the S89 route. Most recently, plans to launch a ferry service from Bayonne directly to New York City were approved and construction is scheduled to begin September 2020. Newark Airport is just 12 minutes by car.