‘You always want to think we can do the unthinkable': Saint Peter's faces reality after the glory

Across from the old row houses along Montgomery Street, on the gymnasium side of Saint Peter's College, a Jesuit priest in black is having an anima...

August 9, 2022
9:54 PM

Across from the old row houses along Montgomery Street, on the gymnasium side of Saint Peter's College, a Jesuit priest in black is having an animated discussion with the driver of a white delivery van. Construction workers are rebuilding the parking decks, across from the auto parts and repair places. And up the street sirens are blaring on bustling Kennedy Boulevard, where a video board flashes a few basketball highlights and the all-caps message, 'JERSEY CITY PROUD.' You want grass, the emerald and manicured kind you might find on a campus that regularly produces powerhouse revenue-sports teams? Cross the Kennedy sky-bridge and you will find a few precious patches of it behind the statue of Saint Peter the Apostle, the fisherman who became the first pope.

Ian O'Connor