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Fort Myers, Florida.   February, 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©

Certified organic.   Fort Myers, Florida. February, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

AMY GRANT   from album Remembering Patsy Cline

 

Halloween in Ocean Grove. 2012  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Halloween in Ocean Grove. 2012 Paul Goldfinger photo ©

STEPHANE WREMBEL   “Bistro Fada” from Midnight in Paris

Autumn in New York.  Duchess County. October 2014.  By Paul Goldfinge

Autumn in New York. Duchess County. October 2014. By Paul Goldfinger.

CHARLES MINGUS AND FRIENDS:

Ocean Grove Post Office. Is it the JV, but it is no longer the varsity?   Blogfinger file photo ©

Ocean Grove Post Office. Is it the JV, because it is no longer the varsity? Blogfinger file photo ©

I’m wondering if anyone else in O.G. has had problems with mail delivery.  We have experienced issues on two different occasions in the past month and a half.  I know of someone else who has also had an issue.  Maybe someone has an idea where to go for answers – or satisfaction.

Phone calls and a trip to the Neptune post office just resulted in excuses.

Thank you,

F. Levine

O.G. letter carriers are now based in Neptune.  Pictured here is a drive-by delivery.   Blogfinger file photo ©

O.G. letter carriers are now based in Neptune. Pictured here is a drive-by delivery. Blogfinger file photo ©

SCATMAN CROTHERS:

 

Frank's 1406 Main Avenue near Sunset Avenue.  Blogfinger file photo

Frank’s 1406 Main Avenue near Sunset Avenue. Blogfinger file photo

 

 

Frank's Deli.  Late morning in October. All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

Frank’s Deli.  Late morning in October. All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

In July, 2013, I posted an article  (Blogfinger link  ) about my adventures on Main Street in Asbury Park   (Which, if it gets pinkified this year, should be called  Rasbury Park.)  Here is a quote from that piece:

“You might also be tempted to turn into Frank’s Restaurant where everybody goes for  breakfast including cops, contractors, politicians,  bloggers, realtors, homeboys, wayward Grovers and stylish types from across the border on Cookman Avenue.”

UPS man waits for his sub delivery. Blogfinger photo ©

UPS man waits for his sub delivery. Blogfinger photo ©

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Frank’s, a local family-owned place where they have been cooking breakfast and lunch since 1960. It has a very down-home feel.  You can sit at a table or at the counter where you can watch the chefs work—poetry in motion.  “Those fries are getting cold; dump them and serve some hot ones.”  The cook at the grill is a perfectionist. He watches his little assembly line and he doesn’t miss a detail.  He turns around to the counter and asks us if everything is OK.

Grillmaster efficient and accurate

Grillmaster efficient and accurate

The waitresses are attentive. They seem to know everybody and they are friendly and accommodating—-not like the diner waitress who waited on Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces.

Joe Maggio is the owner and the main-man at the grill. His father started the business.   We go there often, but he was on vacation this time. However, his staff wasn’t missing a beat. One of the cooks noticed an elderly man near the end of the counter. He called him by name and said, “How about a grilled cheese; I’ll make you one now.” The man grinned and said, “Thanks.”

Everything at Franks is fresh and made-to-order.  BF photo

Everything at Frank’s is fresh and made-to-order. The toast was ordered that way.   BF photo   ©

You can walk up to the deli counter and order a superb sub. made to order. Even Bruce Springsteen visits Frank’s, and he included Frank’s in a 2012 music video.  Bruce  likes the turkey club.

We get a kick out of the people who are going in and out of Frank’s. They are all kinds and remind me of some places my friends and I frequented when we were in high school in Rutherford. We would go to towns like Lyndhurst or Passaic to get soul food:  pizza and burgers.

At night, after walking up and down Park Avenue, we would visit Stio’s, a family luncheonette and ice cream place near the tracks that was so old, everyone and everything there seemed to be in slow motion. But all sorts of characters would show up, and we would laugh and joke and kid the owners.  Frank’s takes me back to that sort of Jersey place.  If you are from Jersey, you need a dose of that every once in a while.

MARIA MULDAUR

Ocean Township. October 28, 2012. 8:37 am.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Township. October 28, 2012. 8:37 am. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge this peaceful autumn day.

JIM BRYANT    Original soundtrack of West Side Story

August, 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger from the NYC Street Series ©

August, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger from the NYC Street Series ©  Click to enlarge. 

HOT CHELLE RAE   “Downtown Girl.”

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