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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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Cyclists from Bradley Beach cross the border and head north in the Grove on Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2012. Not allowed!  All photos by Paul Goldfinger

 

This is the sign that those Bradley interlopers blithely ignored.  Blogfinger photo.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor, Blogfinger.net   (Sept 14, 2012.

Most of us are, at least, vaguely aware of the rules about bike riding on the boardwalk in Ocean Grove. Bikers know that bicycles are banned on our boards except for 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily in season. After Labor Day we think that soon we will be able to ride our bikes whenever we want on the OG boards.  But, not so fast!  See sign above.

For some, the best boardwalk bike ride is from OG all the way south to Spring Lake, while others look forward to riding through the Casino and continuing north along the Asbury boards. That’s a nice ride to take with someone on a trike or with a couple of kids.

This afternoon  (Sept 14, 2012) I went to Asbury and walked my bike on the boards. As soon as I arrived on the north side of the Casino, a sign was present that said bicycle riding was permitted only from 6 a.m. to noon daily.* But no dates were mentioned.  Was it like that only in season? Three APPD officers walked by, and I asked them about it. They said that a new rule was implemented in the last few weeks that continued the bicycle restrictions all year long.*

I visited the Brielle Cyclery (somebody tell the BF grammarian that cyclery is a real word) at 1200 Ocean Avenue, on the Asbury boardwalk, near McLoon’s. (Please don’t drink and bike—that is a BUI felony.)

This is a large shop that offers rentals, sales and service. The young lady inside did not know the boardwalk biking rules, but she didn’t care because she said that most of the police do not stop bikers unless their riding became hazardous—except, she said, for one “older” officer who tends to be “grumpy.”  We hear there is another APPD officer who tends to be sneezy.

 

Brielle Cyclery  on the AP boards.  (With a name like that, shouldn’t they be in Spring Lake? —just asking.) Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Then I went back in the Grove and found two signs that gave mixed messages—one above and this one. This one does not clarify if they mean “in season.”

Baby, what I say?  Blogfinger photo.

I went home and called the Neptune PD for more information regarding the actual ordinance. When I told the operator what I wanted, she said,”Hold on” and then I found myself listening to a message at the Mother Ship, which was closed.

Then I approached a Neptune PD officer and asked him. He admitted that he did not know the rule, but that he had no intention of stopping any biker today since the boardwalk was not crowded. He guessed that biking in OG  was restricted only from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Finally I found the actual Neptune ordinance on-line. The truth is below:

“No person shall operate a bicycle, roller-blades or a skateboard in the following designated areas from May 1 to October 1, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.,  on the Ocean Grove Boardwalk, within the boundaries of the Township of Neptune, between the boundaries of the City of Asbury Park and Borough of Bradley Beach.”

So, there it is. We can bike unfettered on our boardwalk come October 1, but don’t think you can breeze through into AP, because you might run into Officer Grumpy (to be distinguished from Officer Krupke).

So what is the moral of the story? It seems that our small laws (e.g. bike rules on the boards) can be ignored (like yard sale permits or hanging signs on poles) without risk of running afoul of the law. Yet many of us are uncomfortable violating the rules, so for those of you who are gutless weenies, just follow the rules and you will sleep well at night and set a good example for the children and for all those yahoos.com who pedal on our boards in the afternoon in season and who fail to signal when turning. —Paul Goldfinger

——Asbury update*:   You can bike from 2 am to 11 am from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Then on other days   (such as today 9/18/21) you can bike whenever  you are in the mood.

 

SOUNDTRACK BY QUEEN:

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Portrait of a Zombie. Asbury Park, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Portrait of a Zombie. Asbury Park.  By Paul Goldfinger  ©  Blogfinger.net

 

 

BEE GEES:

 

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Asbury Park. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge.

 

MUPPETS:

 

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Asbury Park 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©. Asbury Park, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©.  Click to enlarge.  The Carousel building.

 

 

BARRY MANILOW:

 

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Convention Hall. Asbury Park, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Convention Hall. Asbury Park, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©  click image for bigger wedding.  Re-post from 2013.

 

THE TYMES:

 

 

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Sunset Park, Asbury Park, New Jersey. 2013By Paul Goldfinger ©

Sunset Park, Asbury Park, New Jersey. 2013
By Paul Goldfinger ©   Click for full view.

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.”

 

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Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Trinity Church.  Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to further illuminate.

 

LOUDON WAINRIGHT III   (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  “Carrickfergus”

 

 

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Asbury Park Saturday morning market. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.  August 15, 2015.  Eileen bought the tomatoes and zucchini from this farmer’s daughter.

 

 

BARRY WHITE:

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