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Asbury Park, Ridge Avenue. Dec. 27, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  click to enlarge.  “The Other Side of Asbury” will be an ongoing photographic project.

 

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.    Live—From his album MR. BOJANGLES.  “The Birth of the Blues.”

Asbury Park isn’t exactly “the southland,” but the blues have been performed all over the world.

 

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Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

TONY BENNETT  from his album  “From Now On.”

 

 

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Asbury Park boardwalk. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Asbury Park boardwalk. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Don Azpiazu and the Havana Casino Orchestra with “Amor Sincero”

 

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In  1934, an Ocean Liner (SS Morro Castle), was traveling from Havana to New York  when it caught fire and beached on the shores of Asbury Park. There were 137 deaths.

A handful of survivors washed  up at the Zombie Walk in Asbury Park (October 2013)

Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park Zombie Walk, 2013. ©

Paul Goldfinger photo. Asbury Park Zombie Walk, 2013. © Click to enlarge.

 

 

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT     From the soundtrack of The Aviator:

 

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The Oceanic Inn on Kingsley Avenue in Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The Oceanic Inn on Kingsley Avenue in Asbury Park.  2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

2015 Re-post:     The Oceanic Inn is considered to be the least expensive place to stay in A.Park.  It is one block from the ocean and is near the Stone Pony and the Asbury Lanes.  Will throwbacks like this be kept alive as Asbury rolls into the 21st century?   How is that possible? It is prime real estate, but it also has value as an authentic piece of history in a unique Jersey Shore town.  Which value will society allow to prevail?

I guess we know.  After all, they tore down the Palace Amusements and dismantled the Carousel.*

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

February, 2022;  We have learned from the Coaster that the Inn will be torn down and replaced by condominiums. Only the memories will be left.

 

PLAYER:

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Asbury Park, NJ. March 11, 2015. By Bob Bowné. ©Special to Blogfinger.

Asbury Park, NJ. March 11, 2015. By Bob Bowné. ©Special to Blogfinger.

 

 

The Empress Hotel near the ocean in Asbury Park dates back to the 1960’s.  It was brought back to life and is now a centerpiece in the revived AP.  It is currently  (2015) undergoing a “spring spruce-up”

 

From the Empress web site.

From the Empress web site.

THE CROWS

 

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Wesley Lake is almost frozen solid this morning, Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015. By Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger. © Wesley Lake is almost frozen solid this morning, Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015. By Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger. ©. Asbury Park, N.J.

 

 

SHERRILL MILNES.  “Bella figlia deli’amoré”   (Verdi’s  Rigoletto)  From the soundtrack of the film “Quartet”

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Photo from the Asbury Park Sun: "A crowd dances on the beach during a "Sandblast" weekend event, a collection of parties and events held in Asbury Park geared toward the LGBT community."

Photo from the Asbury Park Sun: “A crowd dances on the beach during a “Sandblast” weekend event, a collection of parties and events held in Asbury Park geared toward the LGBT community.”

 

Ocean Grove Main Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Ocean Grove, Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo.  ©

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

In an article from  the Asbury Park Sun, Jill Bartlett reports the result of rankings by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) which surveys cities across the country. OG came in second along with New Brunswick. Jersey City was first out  of the eight cities that were ranked in New Jersey.

Asbury  Park ranked low.

To see the details, click on this link:   APS link

Ocean Grove has a substantial gay population, and many of them live full time in the Grove.  Some of them own businesses here.  Except for a few notable clashes with the Camp Meeting Association, most gays in town like living here. Some of them are active and have leadership positions  in local organizations.  Ocean Grove United has participated in town meetings with the OGCMA and other groups to form a united front in seeking aid for our demolished boardwalk.

I recently asked a gay Grover what the difference is between the gays in the Grove and those who live in Asbury Park.  His reply was, “In Asbury they’re younger and have better parties.”  But he didn’t say that he wanted to live there.

The OG gay community and Ocean Grove received some national publicity in relation to the Pavilion controversy in 2007.  Last week the subject came up in a national magazine regarding FEMA’s denial of OG for disaster funds.

It’s good now to get some positive publicity about a relationship that is positive in a town that takes pride in its diversity.

 

AL JOLSON:

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A. Park near the Asbury Hotel. July, 2016. Blogfinger photo. ©

“WELCOME ALL— ALL YEAR ROUND.”     A. Park near the Asbury Hotel. July, 2016. Blogfinger photo. ©  Click to make the vision larger.

THE STYLISTICS:

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This event is an annual happening in Asbury Park.  Many Ocean Grovers walk over to see the Sunday parade each June.

“Jersey Pride strives to promote community participation and visibility between lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed people and the general public of New Jersey” (Source: Wikipedia)”

 

Pride Parade. NJ.com photo

Pride Parade. NJ.com photo  2014 .

 

Main Street, Asbury Park. June 2, 2014. Blogfinger photo

Main Street,
Asbury Park. June 2, 2014. Blogfinger photo

 

Paul Goldfinger Cookman Ave. Pride. 2019.

 

 

HARRY McCLINTOCK from “O Brother Where Are Thou”

 

 

 

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