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Dusk, Asbury Park boards. Paul Goldfinger ©. Blogfinger.net. Click image to enlarge.


SONNY STITT    “At Last”

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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.


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Asbury Park. June, 2014. Three is a lucky number. The lovely lady in the middle is Rose of Washington Square.   Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Do the math.

JAZZMEN TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT:  Warren Vaché, Randy Sandke, Wyclif Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Joe Temperley, Howard Alden,  Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker, Joe Ascione and Scott Robinson at the JVC Jazz Festival.

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Ocean Grovers enjoy walking to downtown Asbury for restaurants, special events, music and a lively bar scene. Paul Goldfinger photograph for Blogfinger.net.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

In 2016  we posted an article about the praise being lavished upon A. Park.

2016 AP rankings

Last spring Money Magazine named AP as having the second best beachfront in the US, ahead of many famous locations in California, Texas, etc.   “Asbury Park offers the classic combo of beach and boardwalk,” the magazine says.

The Asbury Park Press also reported that list.   Asbury has also been ranked high for the city’s “cultural scene.”  In 2017 it was named the “coolest small town in America.”

But,  not so fast.  Asbury has recently  been reported to have the second highest violent crime rate in the state.  And, according to the AP Sun, the city has been named this February to the “top 50 worst cities to live-in across the nation.” Similar reports have been mentioned in articles in the AP Press and the AP Patch.

Among the statistics, the city is reported to be high in poverty rankings, low median incomes, and high median home prices.

So, which is it:  best or worst?

Blogfinger:   The best or the worst?    “It depends on where you stand.”

NANCY LAMOTT: “Not Exactly Paris.”

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At the market in the Carousel building

At the market in the Carousel building. 2013. ©  Paul Goldfinger photos.  The Asbury Connection.  Click to enlarge.



Lemonade stand. © 2013

Lemonade stand. © 2013.  Blogfinger.net


ST. VINCENT with VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS.    From Vol II Boardwalk Empire.  “Make Believe”

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View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©

View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©   ( Re-post 2014)

KRISTIN CHENOWETH.      This time of year, there is often a concern that someone who should come home will not be present.

Here is Kristin Chenoweth’s live performance of “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” by Andrew Lloyd Weber, from the Phantom of the Opera.  

It’s from Kristin’s  concert album, 2014,  called  Coming Home. It was recorded at the Kristin Chenoweth Theater in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kristin Chenoweth.

Kristin Chenoweth.

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Asbury Park. June 5 2003. By Rich Amole

Asbury Park. June 5,  2003. By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff historian/researcher.   Click left for full view.


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Asbury Park dog beach. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Asbury Park dog beach. July, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This image was originally posted on Blogfinger in the summer of 2016. And now, while we are on the subject of revealing bathing suits, let’s take a close look at this photo.

Sure the yellow suit is interesting, but it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be.  No this image also  tells us something about the broad-minded folks in A. Park.

Maybe we can borrow some mojo from the A.Park crowd and let’s nag the CMA until they grow some wider boundaries and offer a dog park or a dog beach in the Grove.  Sure you can take your dog on the beach in the winter, but it is in the prime season that we have huge numbers of dogs–resident and tourist owned.

And here is a musical tribute to the lovely woman in that yellow bathing suit:


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Asbury Park seen from Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger©. 2017. Click to enlarge.



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Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. December 2, 2018. Click to enlarge.


THE BLUEJAYS with “So Long Lover’s Island”  (Soundtrack Green Book)


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