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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


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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 ©


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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.


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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Asbury Park from the OG North End. By Paul Goldfinger, c. 1967 ©


EVA CASSIDY.  From her album  Imagine.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asbury Park. March 11, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Deal Lake. Taken from the Elberon side looking toward A. Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. July12, 2016 ©

Deal Lake. Taken from the Loch Arbour side looking west.   Paul Goldfinger photo. July 12, 2016 ©  Click for maximum glitter. 

DEXTER GORDON.   Recorded July 7, 1970 in New York City   “The Christmas Song.”

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