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South Amboy is a City in Middlesex County, NJ, on the Raritan Bay. South Amboy and Perth Amboy across the Raritan River are collectively referred to as ‘The Amboys’. Signage for Exit 11 on the New Jersey Turnpike refers to ‘The Amboys’ as a destination. The city has a total area of 2.7 miles and there are approximately 9,000 people residing in the City.

From just about anywhere in South Amboy, several times each day, you can hear the train whistle. It is one of the distinctive things about South Amboy and is representative of how the railroad and transportation in general have been the key to the City’s existence. The railroad brought the rest of the world to, or at least through, South Amboy. That is what makes it all the more impressive that this community retained its character through the years. Working-class families, mostly Irish and Polish came, raised families, stayed and kept the town as their own.

South Amboy used to be much larger, a sprawling township 18 miles long and 6 miles wide. Gradually the other municipalities broke off in the mid-1800’s, apparently with little objection from South Amboy’s leaders as it wasn’t easy collecting taxes from these far-flung residents.

The South Amboy Public Schools system has South Amboy Elementary School and South Amboy Middle High School. Cardinal McCarrick High School is a coeducational Catholic secondary school that serves nearly 500 students.

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South Amboy is experiencing a resurgence and new homes have been built along the water which command high prices. Downtown is being developed and there are new businesses and restaurants on Broadway which will soon have new streetlights, curbs, banners and decorations. Raritan River Landing, a construction project will transform a swath of little-used waterfront property off Lower Broadway into hotel, office and retail space. There are plans to create a walkway linking Raritan Bay Waterfront Park to the northern end of the municipality.

As well as a train service into Manhattan, there is now a water ferry that travels from South Amboy to Manhattan’s Pier 11 in Wall Street, Manhattan.

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