Joe Waks 
Bayonne Resident 
Visual Artist

Hudson County, NJ Tourism Development Office interviewed five Hudson County artists to ask what inspires their creativity and why they choose to live in Hudson County.   

What is your Name?

Joe Waks

How long have you lived in Hudson County? 

23 years in total

What is your favorite thing about Hudson County? My favorite thing about Hudson County is the diversity of people; the innumerable ethnicities and languages spoken; the staggering variety of cuisines.  I also love the industrial landscape in places like Bayonne, Kearny and Jersey City.

Joe Waks studio in Bayonne, New Jersey 
Painter, Mixed Media Artist, and Muralist 

Why do you choose to live/WORK here? 

Same as above - because of the multiplicity of cultures.  In addition, you can’t beat Hudson County’s location - close to everything.

What inspires you? 

The fact that so many people from some many different places living in such close proximity to each other - and in relative peaceful harmony - that is what inspires me.     

Joe Waks mural located on Pacific Ave., Jersey City

Do you have a place you like to go to get your inspiration in Hudson Co? 

One place I love to go to get inspired is the Newark Bay waterfront in Bayonne, which is right down the street from where I live.  There you can see the gigantic container ships at Port Newark; you can see the jet planes lined up in the sky and they descend toward Newark Airport; you can see the Bayonne Bridge to the south and the Casciano Bridge extending over Newark Bay to the North.  No other place like it anywhere else in the world.

Joe Waks with Buster and Woo Woo Waks (Kitten Waks not Pictured) 

Where do you take people IN HUDSON COUNTY when they come to visit you? 

1)      Laico’s, Jersey City

2)      Café Bello, Bayonne

3)      Barge Inn, Jersey City

4)      Pompei Pizza, Bayonne

5)      White Star Bar, Jersey City

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Supported by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism
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