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St. John’s Island. Sunset Lake.  Asbury Park.  There is a white shore bird on the island which is hard to see. It is an immature great blue heron. Paul Goldfinger ©


BOB DYLAN    “Once Upon a Time.”  From his album Triplicate.


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Paul Goldfinger © Bond Street. A. Park. October, 2017.

There seems to be a fondness for spontaneous art appearing throughout the hip city of Asbury Park.  You can see it on walls in the Casino, on the boardwalk and around the artsy neighborhood of Cookman Avenue and its side-streets–even painted on windows and doorways.  Art is especially beautiful when it is part of the everyday life of the people.

It reminds me of the work of Seward Johnson, the sculptor of ordinary folks, whose work is often found in public places:


Carl Hoffman of Ocean Grove helping this Princeton student prepare for SAT’s in Palmer Square. The boy is by Seward Johnson.  Blogfinger photo © 2015

Ocean Grove can use some public art to liven up the place. The town has no significant outdoors art displays for the public to enjoy.  It is wonderful when one can walk down a street and come across an art show of some sort, and Asbury seems committed to bringing their city to life with art.



Paul Goldfinger ©. The Casino belongs to A. Park.


AP Boardwalk  2016


Indie 184 2015. Asbury Boardwalk. Blogfinger photo.

Here’s a link to our article last year about Seward Johnson’s work in Spring Lake:

Seward Johnson in Spring Lake, 2016.








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The other side of Wesley Lake: Raspberry Park. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

The other side of Wesley Lake: Nocturnal Asbury Park. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click for the full monty. Reposted from 2015.


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Asbury Park boardwalk, entering the Casino. OG is on the other side of no man’s land. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Blogfinger.net. 2017. Click for the details



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Jean Bredin © Asbury Park. 2014 . Blogfinger staff.

THE HARPTONES:   Wolfman Jack sends this out to Blogfinger fan Perry Young up in the New Hampshire North Country.

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

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


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A blond in a black dress ordering coffee. That’s who you see around a corner in A. Park at Café Volan.   Paul Goldfinger photo © 9/14/17  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

It seems like Greenwich Village by the sea. Café Volan can be a bit hard to find.  It’s tucked into a side street, at an angle off of Cookman, unobtrusive on the left side of Bangs Avenue.

When you walk in, it feels like a beat up Beatnik hangout from the sixties. You expect to find Alan Ginsburg sipping an espresso. The crowd is not boisterous; in fact it is downright in whisper mode with no laughing.  The customers seem serious, but maybe that’s because they are seriously enjoying a superb cup of real coffee. The cappuccino’s are excellent, although they serve them warm–the baristas say that’s the correct temperature.

I like the vibe  at Café Volan.  Steve Valk, who is spending a month in the Grove (from Germany where he lives) loves to go there, and it is not because of the V thing.  It’s about the mood and the coffee. We met there to discuss a variety of subjects. The place  feels comfortable.

Steve is  is enjoying his family in the Grove while developing some serious academic ideas as he plans for his PhD studies.  Next week he will go to Duke for discussions with faculty there.

But now, in the Grove–where he spent his childhood summers—he tries to figure out how we could obtain some coherence among the Groverian factions.  Steve has a lot of experience working with diverse populations and he is an optimist.

He wants to meet with anybody in authority:  CMA/Neptuners/HOA or whoever would agree to talk to him  (besides Blogfinger—we like to talk to Steve)  because he has ideas as to how to pull this town together.

Personally, I don’t see much chance of that without a sea change in attitudes among Grovers of various stripes.

BOB DYLAN.   He would like Volan. He played a lot of coffee houses in the day.  This song is from his latest album Triplicate.

“I Could Have Told You” is a Sinatra song and a standard.  It’s a far cry from the folk music scene of the fifties and sixties, but Volan is a far cry from Bleeker Street and the Bitter End.



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Paul Goldfinger ©. Wesley Lake. Sunday, September 3, 2017. ©  Click to light it up.


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Back from A. Park to OG  (speaking of mission bells)—it’s a less publicized theme. Paul Goldfinger photo. © 2017.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL   (with George Strait)  Celebrating the music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.  “South of the Border”

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Zombie clowns—October, 2013. A. Park.    Paul Goldfinger portrait ©  Did someone say, “Send in the clowns!”  C’mon Stephen, cut it out.





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