Goldfinger family album. Photographer unknown. Max Goldfinger–my Dad. Somewhere in NJ. 1939.


LOUDON WAINRIGHT, RUFUS WAINRIGHT AND MARTHA WAINRIGHT  from the album “The McGarrigle Hour.”  This song is by Irving Berlin, 1923

“What’ll I do
With just a photograph
To tell my troubles to?”


STAGIONE LIRICA 2011-2012 Teatro di San Carlo THE GERSHWINS’ ® PORGY AND BESS℠ - direttore William Barkhymer

Porgy and Bess being performed in Naples, Italy by the Harlem (NYC) Theater Group, 2011.


The story of Porgy and Bess, a “folk- opera” by George and Ira Gershwin,  is set in an African-American  neighborhood in Charleston called Catfish Row.  Du Bose Heyward wrote the book in 1925 and he collaborated with Ira Gershwin on the libretto in 1935.

George Gershwin said, “Porgy and Bess is a folk tale. Its people naturally would sing folk music. When I first began work in the music I decided against the use of original folk material because I wanted the music to be all of one piece. Therefore I wrote my own spirituals and folk songs. But they are still folk music – and therefore, being in operatic form, Porgy and Bess becomes a folk opera.”

Porgy is the hero of the libretto which was written in the 1930’s. The first recording in 1951 was the operatic version, but the second recording was a jazz version by Duke Ellington in 1956.  Miles Davis recorded it in 1958 (see below)*

MILES DAVIS.  “I Loves You, Porgy”*


—–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.


August 2019. Blogfinger photo.  Paul Goldfinger ©


From the Roaring Twenties it’s Frank Munn:



Sunset Avenue, Asbury,  Farmers Market. Saturday 8/24/19. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


DORIS TROY:  “Just One Look.”


Ocean Grove. April, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©


DAVE STRYKER (guitar) with JIMMY HEATH  (tenor sax. age 88 from Philadelphia)   from Stryker’s new album (3/15) Messin’ with Mr. T   (to honor Stanley Turrentine, jazz tenor sax man)

—This song is “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington:


Lake Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 1, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Lake Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 1, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge image.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Many of us have already noticed that Lake Avenue has become a destination for walking and biking. It used to be quite a glorious pathway about one hundred years ago.

OG side of Wesley Lake, around 1900. The postcard is from Eileen's collection.

OG side of Wesley Lake, around 1900. The postcard is from Eileen’s collection.

Now you can go there and enjoy watching the swan boats as they glide around the lake and you can admire those bridges that look like something from Europe.   There are ducks paddling around, and you can people watch. On a nice day, quite a few people are moving in one direction or the other.  You can go to Asbury Park or head for the boardwalk and the ocean.

In fact, while I was photographing  on the New Jersey Avenue bridge the other day, I got into two interesting conversations.  One was with a Grover named Jack who was biking to meet someone on the AP side. We got to discuss photography, and we learned some things from each other. One mystery left unresolved was the true story of what famous photographer Robert Frank was thinking about when he shot his celebrated image of a segregated bus down south.  Stay tuned for that story.

Captain Midnight; and that's the guy! By Paul Goldfinger. September , 2013 ©

Captain Midnight; and that’s the guy!
By Paul Goldfinger. September , 2013 ©

Another guy came from the direction of Captain Midnight’s evocative cottage on the Grove side.  We’ve been talking on the blog about how diversity of the human kind makes a place more interesting, and certainly that is true of architecture.  Captain Midnight has been a fascinating mystery that we should solve one of these days. Is he really a captain?  Is he really mysterious?  Maybe he’s a super hero.

Meanwhile this guy told me that he was from Colorado and that his brother owned a house along the lake—OG side, near where we were standing.   He wanted to know if I was “allowed” to take pictures of those houses.  I said, “I don’t need permission.”  He said, “Oh, I was just curious.”   Really?    I asked him if he ever had a Rocky Mountain high.  He just walked away.

It  reminds me of when I was doing some candid shots of a wedding down by the pier in OG–I was not the wedding photographer, just a photog looking for some interesting OG subject matter.   The father of the bride approached me, in his tux, and asked me to stop taking pictures.  What to do?  Should I say, “Make me,”  like we did when we were kids?  Instead, I said that he can’t stop me, but then I walked away.

It was a boring wedding anyhow. No hora or chopped liver.  In fact, no food at all.  Yikes–it’s a photo shoot , and they wanted me to leave. It reminded me of the wedding scene in the Godfather, and I didn’t want $10,000 worth of photo gear tossed into the Atlantic


Ocean Grove Hardware

Ocean Grove Hardware. August 2019. Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.


LUCIA MICARELLI    “Lady Grinning Soul.”

This was sent to Blogfinger by a reader who says that permit parking for residents works in other small towns, so why not in OG?   Bloomsburg, Pa. has 14,000 residents and a vibrant downtown.  It, like OG, is historic.

Other NJ  towns with residential permit parking include Sea Bright, Boonton, Morristown, Hoboken, and Stone Harbor.

A residential  permit, properly designed, could work in OG.  Neptune needs to recognize that tax paying residents should have top priority in our town.  A limited program could offer some relief during the peak months.

And, by the way, does anyone know what percent of Neptune Township tax monies come from Ocean Grove?   I hear that it is out of proportion to our population.  If none of you know the number, I will look into it.  It should be a useful piece of information.  If any of you know, please email us at Blogfinger@verizon.net.

Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook. October 2015. ©

Chapel, Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook. October 2015. Paul Goldfinger photograph.©


Sanibel Island. Florida. Paul Goldfinger © 



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