way in the background of this pic from April of 67 you can see the drawbridge. this gives you a good sense of the size of it considering it 's about a mile and a half away. This is the eastern approach looking west towards Elizabeth port. To the left is BV tower and the right is Bayonne's West 8th street station. The station was still in use at this time but soon to be abandoned. Built in 1891 she served 4 tracks and was one of four stations to serve the city, the others being east 45th, east 33rd and east 22nd street. West 8th street was a good candidate for preservation but was burned down twice by arsonist (stone doesn't burn very well). Just to showcase the forethought of transportation management, all the passenger service (track and stations) were removed at a cost of millions of $ in the 80's just to be replaced by a light rail system 20 years latter in the exact same place.
Being a peninsula Bayonne had several bridges on it, she hosted 2 rail and 2 auto crossings along with some ferry crossings. This is the Port authority Bayonne bridge (the large steel arch in the background) as seen from the top of DY draw looking south in the mid 80's