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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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Paul Goldfinger ©. October, 2018. Click to enlarge.

 

THE BIRD AND THE BEE

“I’m Into Something Good”   (From the movie Valentine’s Day)

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The lobby bar is the Soundbooth where you can hear live music every night. All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net July 21, 2016. ©

The lobby bar at The Asbury is the Soundbooth where you can hear live music every night. All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net. Re-post from July 21, 2016. ©  Click on the music below and then return here.

 

Check in here or visit the juice/coffee bar. Get a snack and sit down and relax. No pressure. © Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Check in here or visit the juice/coffee bar. Get a snack and sit down and relax. No pressure. © Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

 

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The nocturnal Asbury. July 2016. Paul Goldfinger ©

 

One time, in Paris, we wanted to walk through the lobby of the Hotel George V, a very ritzy famous place.  But we were not allowed to even walk in the front doors. Some hotels are fussy about non-guests coming in.  But the new Asbury Hotel at Kingsley and 5th Avenue, near the ocean by the Paramount Theater, is just the opposite.

Anda Andrei (foreground) was guiding a photo-shoot in the lobby. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Architect Anda Andrei (looking at us) was guiding a photo-shoot in the lobby. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

The designer/architect Anda Andrei wants her new hotel to be full of life and to be welcoming.   Steve Valk and I took a tour of her new Asbury Park establishment and we found out that they want the public to come in and visit:  have a coffee, listen to live music, sit at the bar, do your homework, or chat with the staff.

Be sure to check out the roof top space called “Salvation” where the views are spectacular in all directions. It is particularly impressive at night.

The eastward view from Salvation (not the mystical place; it is a wonderful rooftop lounge and bar. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The eastward view from Salvation (not the mystical place; it is a wonderful rooftop lounge and bar.) Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Photo from the NY Times July 5, 2016 by Tony Cenicola (see link below) ©

Roof top lounge and bar.   Photo from the NY Times July 5, 2016 by Tony Cenicola ©  See link below.

You can also watch classic or cult movies at the roof top garden called The Baronet, a tribute to the old Asbury Park theater which was torn down a few years ago.

Rooftop garden "The Baronet" where you can watch movies every night. © Paul Goldfinger photo.

Rooftop garden “The Baronet” where you can watch movies every night. © Paul Goldfinger photo.

In the lobby you can have casual food like a sandwich or something from the juice bar or the coffee bar.  Steve and I ordered cappuccinos, and they were very good.The lobby bar area is called the “Soundbar” and it is beautiful and functions as a music venue.

More relaxation space on the ground floor. Paul Goldfinger photo

More relaxation space on the ground floor. Paul Goldfinger photo

In fact you will marvel at the functional and gorgeous design features.   Every night there is live music in the lobby, and you can just walk in and sit down. The staff is welcoming and very proud of their hotel.

If you are from Ocean Grove, do not fail to walk or bike or even drive  (there are parking meters) to the Asbury.  You will be impressed and you will enjoy yourself even if you don’t rent a room…but then again….

Paul Goldfinger, Travel Editor @Blogfinger.net

THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO:  “J’Attendrai”

 

LINK:   Click on this NY Times article below.

Here is a link to a Blogfinger article in response to the Times piece above:

https://blogfinger.net/2016/07/16/how-are-the-neighbors-doing-to-the-north-the-ny-times-has-pronounced-asbury-park-as-officially-reborn-the-new-nickname-is-brooklyn-on-the-beach/

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Residences on Deal Lake Road near the bridge to Norwood Avenue. Paul Goldfinger © 10/1/18  Click to enlarge.

We have posted other examples of wall art in A. Park going back a few years.  It is a wonderful idea, bringing color and imagination into public spaces for all to enjoy.

Here is a link to an example from 2015:

Yellow submarine

RAY WATERS AND HIS ORCHESTRA:

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Wesley Lake from the Ocean Grove side. A. Parkers have the best view. We get condo city. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Wesley Lake from the Ocean Grove side. A. Parkers have Condo City.   But maybe our shore will become Condo City South.  Photograph 2015   By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

 

WILLY NELSON    from the Imus Ranch Record :  “What a Difference a Day Makes.”

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

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

BEE GEES

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Blogfinger walking the dog by the New Jersey Avenue bridge in OG on Sunday afternoon 8/12/18. ©  All photos by Paul Goldfinger.  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

I was playing “sit” with my son’s dog Pooja when I found out a few things.  First, cute girls will stop and pet a dog with lots of oohs and ahs and “what’s his name?”   “It’s a girl,” said I, but no one wanted to know my name.  (“Is it Mary or Sue?”   as in the song.)   I would have allowed them to pat my head, but no such luck.

DON AND JUAN:

Secondly I became distracted by the steady stream of people heading north to “sin city,”    But, to be fair, there were all ages, genders and sizes.  And they all seemed happy  to be heading in that direction, so the “Asbury Connection”  (with OG) seems to be working out.  On a summer Sunday, a walk to A. Park seems to hold great promise for laughter, fun, food, friends and ogling.

Grovers understand this, and so do the Grovarian realtors who are pushing this concept.

And where did they all park?  You know where.

A bridge not too far. Blogfinger photo. 8/12/18 ©

 

Heading north to the bridge from Asbury Avenue in the Grove.

 

Bring the kids. It’s not all babes, booze and bon-appetite. 8/12/18 Blogfinger photo

 

BOB GAUDIO  from Jersey Boys:

 

 

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Main Street near the post office. Asbury Park, NJ. Blogfinger photo. June 7, 2018 ©

 

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The new Asbury Park skyline as seen from Ocean Grove. June, 2018. Blogfinger photo ©.

 

Would you buy a multi- million dollar  condominium in a town that allows its main street to look like this?   The new high-rise construction at the ocean has been likened to the Hamptons, at least in terms of the real estate prices over there, but A. Park has a long way to go before it can be anointed as a first-world American city.

I drive on Main Street almost every day, and the pot holes are threatening the health of my car and my own peace of mind.  In fact, I wouldn’t suggest even riding a horse over there.

Do you think  that investing a fortune in a home in A. Park is a good idea?   i Star is wagering that it will be successful selling those expensive condominiums in their new sky-scraper on the beach.

 

KAREN ELSON   (with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks)  from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire:

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Bridge to somewhere. Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net  Click image to make the New Jersey Avenue crossing bigger.

 

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT  from (live)  Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall:  “If Love Were All.”

 

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Asbury Lanes. Derelict building in 2015 before the restoration. Blogfinger.net photo. ©  Click image to enlarge.

 

The new Asbury Lanes. Reopened on May 18, 2018. APP photo. This historic building was not turned into condos as would happen in Ocean Grove.

Asbury Lanes is a historic iconic venue on 4th Avenue in A. Park; It will have live entertainment as it did in its hey-day.  The night club opens with an impressive music guest list.

Asbury Lanes was once known as a center for the 1970’s punk rock movement.  But this new version is not a throwback to that era; it is a sleek modern concert venue.  Some punk fans hoped for a resurrection of the old days, but that’s not happening.

And, for you fressers out there, there also will be a 24 hour diner  (all night in the summer.)

Here is a link to the APP article on this topic:

Asbury Lanes restoration APP article

In 2015 Blogfinger wrote about this famous derelict building.  Here is that link:

Asbury Lanes restoration

 

WILD CHILD:  This group will appear on June 7.  Here they are with “Crazy Bird”  It isn’t punk rock, but it sure sounds great.

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