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Porta. Paul Goldfinger photo. © September 7, 2019. ©  Click to enlarge

 

Porta. Internet photo.  Click to enlarge.

 

We have never tried Porta, but some say it has the best pizza in New Jersey.  It is a cavernous place which sometimes has a long wait to get in.  The “gourmet” pizzas are made in a wood burning oven.  The place is known for its ultra-fresh ingredients.

Porta in Asbury Park is near the ocean at 911 Kingsley Avenue.  It has an outdoor garden, and there is parking.  Grovers can walk or bike.  Plan ahead.

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LARRY GATLIN AND ANNETTE BAILEY

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Click to enlarge. May, 2018. 4th Avenue  and Drummond, in Asbury Park.   The house is set back from the usual line of houses; note the lovely spring garden.  It could be the setting for a scene in Spamalot. Maybe Sir Lancelot’s home.   Blogfinger.net

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

Think about a shore town that likes nonconformity.  You would probably not find this house in Ocean Grove, for example.-  The HPC would have a seizure.

But we were driving around A. Park on the West Side, on an avenue less traveled (4th) and we nearly rode past this lovely house, very British,  set back.

So, we asked Richard Burton’s ghost and Julie Andrews to provide the soundtrack.

JULIE ANDREWS AND RICHARD BURTON   From Camelot.

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heading north - Version 2 2014

Leaving Ocean Grove to explore A. Park. c. 2014.   Will the 2019 OG  North End become as  welcoming as it is in this photograph?  Or will it become Asbury Park South?    Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©  Click to enlarge.         Note, the White Whale  (pink in this photo)  burned down on April 13, 2019.  As for Bridgegate, this is an alternate route after midnight without any locks . A. Park owns the Casino building.

And as for girls in their summer clothes, since 2014 the bottoms got higher and the tops got tighter…it’s all good and now rated PG–at least in A. Park;  maybe PG 13 in the Grove.

 

AMY WINEHOUSE

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Sunset Avenue (at Main St.) Farmers Market . Saturday mornings. Blogfinger photo.8/3/19
This is what we bought today 1//3/19 Blogfinger photo.

 

Closeup of jumbo perfection. Blogfinger photo. Sunset Farmers Market. 8/3/19 Diameter is nearly 6 inches.

 

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger hunting for the perfect Jersey tomato–this is the place.

The Sunset Avenue Farmers market got off to a late start this season, but now they are back with fine produce, tomatoes, corn, peppers pickles, Italian bread, melons, sunflowers and other items.

The Jersey tomatoes here are large and tasty. They should hold up into September.

This Saturday market has parking and is fun. Lots of conversations. Just ask the baker about his breads and cheeses.

 

ANITA BRIEM AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND:

 

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Casino Gallery #3. Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

 

BØRNS   “Past Lives.”  from the album Dopamine”

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©. April 22, 2019. OG North End. Pathfinders.  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

The walking path has now been opened, following the boardwalk north past the two piles of rubble and other signs of the great fire.  A truck from the Neptune Office of Emergency Management has arrived, but their role in the cleanup is unknown to us.

You could stand on your head, but no one from the Mother Ship would offer some information on Blogfinger.  The last time that happened was with Committeewoman Mary Beth Jahn, when she opposed the North End Plan,  and she later got dumped by the Township Comedy.

The two rubble piles remain. Safety fence along the boardwalk.

Some boardwalk damage was evident. Paul Goldfinger. © 4/22/19.

Bikers, joggers, walkers, and tricky kids have returned this morning, the day after Easter Sunday.

I even saw a young woman walking with her friend, chattering back and forth as they swung their arms.  They both wore black leggings  (girls in their spring  clothes) and one wore a shirt that said, “Á La Mode.”

That made my day, trying to understand her messaging. Lately we see a lot more T shirts with messages other than “Marquette University” which also showed up this morning.  You can’t blame her for not wanting to be in Wisconsin in April.

 

North End wreckage at the north side of the damage. April 22, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

This jury rigged path will allow life to resume as access to Asbury Park returns, and the merchants over there breathe a sigh of relief.  Now all that remains is to wait for the Asburians to begin the beguine.

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH RUBEN BLADES AND WYNTON MARSALIS:

 

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Photo shoot at the Asbury Park Dog Beach. 7/26/15 Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Photo shoot at the Asbury Park Dog Beach. 7/26/15 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to read the shirt.

THE SECRET SISTERS:

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Long view from Ocean Grove of the new A. Park skyline. September 21, 2018 © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net.

The development of this site began in 1989 and was a failure.  Then the Esperanza project began and was lost in the Great Recession  (2009) leaving a steel skeleton.

Here is a Blogfinger post reflecting on the Esperanza:

https://blogfinger.net/2015/03/26/the-other-side-of-asbury-condos-frozen-in-time/

But now a 16 story mixed-use building will soon be finished. It will have 130 condominiums starting at $1 million each, a parking garage for 411 cars, and a 54 room boutique hotel.  There will be thousands of feet of retail space—the prospective occupants have not been revealed.

Some skeptics are doubting that this project will attract buyers for all those multi-million dollar condominiums.  We have also wondered if Asbury has enough juice to be special all year round. Last winter,  the city seemed pretty dreary in the off season, although the restaurant and bar scene should be able to hold on for a few months.

iStar is the developer, and some of us at Blogfinger speculate that  iStar has its eyes on our North End and may have met the Grovarian movers and shakers.

From Ocean Grove, the altered skyline is readily apparent.  The low slung A. Park silhouette now looks like it is on the way to become Long Branch, a once great resort trashed in the interest of money.  As you drive by on Ocean Avenue in LB, you rarely get to see the Ocean.  Tall buildings block the views.

But, in contrast, at Ocean Grove, if we can retain our unique look, there will be no trouble seeing the differences, and the Grove will be even more of a welcoming place;  unless the view south from Asbury Park begins to look like the view inside Asbury Park.

iStar has built the Monroe Condos—another skyline altering building seen from the Grove—this one viewed from Wesley Lake.  We wrote about the Monroe two years ago:

Monroe Condos in Asbury

It will be interesting to see the impact of this new building on the entire area.

 

KATHY BRIER with The NIghthawks:  from Boardwalk Empire

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A tale of two cities. By Jean Bredin at the Giant OG Flea Market, photographing between two extremes.  6/2/18 Blogfinger staff ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD   Editor@Blogfinger.net

A recent ad at Zillow said that the average sale price of an Ocean Grove house is $800,000- $900,000.   And there are more now that are over $1,000,000.  Do you think that the Asbury Effect is contributing to the rising prices in the Grove?

A few days ago a piece in the NY Times discussed the new 17 story tower going up on the oceanfront where the price levels will be among the highest anywhere. Here is a quote from that article:

“Today, a 17-story tower with contoured glass is nearing completion on the parcel where two previous developers had failed. But in a town that is now one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular destinations, with a refurbished boardwalk and a bounty of new restaurants and breweries, the development is still a high-stakes gamble that people will be willing to pay Hamptons-like prices of nearly $1 million to nearly $6 million for oceanfront condominiums.

“The project, called the Asbury Ocean Club, is the pinnacle of a $300 million investment by iStar, a developer that about eight years ago made a significant bet that this once-forlorn city could attract wealthy residents while still retaining the quirky, artistic character that has made it appealing to visitors.”

Asbury girls in their summer clothes. NY Times photo caption says, “Asbury Park boardwalk has been refurbished.”   Really?  Nothing refurbished about those legs.  (PG )

The Asbury story is complicated, and we have posted about that subject with special interest in how the AP story will affect Ocean Grove, particularly in terms of real estate pricing and marketing, cultural runoff, and  resident demographics.  Other issues which may be affected include the water quality in Wesley Lake, the noise levels, congestion in town, and  the parking wars.

We see Asburian nomads park near our North End home causing parking gridlock, but even more so, we see the kinds of people as they walk towards the New Jersey Avenue bridge. They are frequently young and boisterous, often with New York plates, dressed trendy—often looking sophisticated/affluent, with jackets/ties/evening dresses, animated loud talk, tattoos, all white people, prestige cars, and, as they walk through the Grove they show no apparent interest in our historic architecture.  The young women love the F word, but in the Grove it stands for “flea”—as in flea market.

I suspect that some of the new home buyers in the Grove will be like that—being here but with their sights on A.Park.    What does that mean?—a different Grove, for better or worse.

The Times article  linked below was brought to our attention by a Grover who says,  “I’ve been watching this on my bike rides, with curiosity.”  But maybe she also has been watching with concern.

Times link:   Click on the photo below.

AMY WINEHOUSE:  (From her album Back to Black)   “What kind of pluckery  is this?”  Hip town requires hip lyrics.

 

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Asbury Park as seen from Ocean Grove. 2015. Click to enlarge the night.

 

TEDDY THOMPSON  (From the soundtrack  of  Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man)

“Tonight Will Be Fine.”    Composed by Leonard Cohen.

“But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
For a while…”

 

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