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Sunset Avenue, Asbury,  Farmers Market. Saturday 8/24/19. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


DORIS TROY:  “Just One Look.”


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Socializing at the market. Paul Goldfinger photograph.8/17/19 ©


Sunset Saturday market was busy. 8/17/19. Blogfinger photo © Very good heirloom tomatoes here.


This is the sort of small neighborhood events that OG needs to bring people together.

FYI:  The Italian baker from Paterson has fine sfogliatella ( sea shells with crispy, flaky pastry, and inside there is sweet lemony cheese.)  He also has fig bars and a terrific variety of authentic breads plus cheeses from Italy.



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Taka, Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. July, 2019.© click to enlarge.


If you would visit Cookman Avenue on a Saturday night, you would see many college age girls dressed up for bar hopping and fine dining. They might travel with guys, or they might walk about in groups of three or four.

4 little maids from school. Paul Goldfinger photo on the boards in Asbury Park. ©


So here is a song from the Mikado which addresses such a group:





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Springwood Avenue. Paul Goldfinger © 6/4/19   Click to enlarge.



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Saturday morning in A. Park at the intersection of Main St. and Cookman Ave.   This tutu run is to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. 4/27/19 Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©  Click to enlarge.



Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/27/19. ©  Blogfinger.net


This is the first (pre-season) Blogfinger edition of “Girls In Their Summer Clothes.”  Perhaps you were expecting short shorts, bikinis, black leggings, thongs, or summer dresses, but these runners were having fun with their colorful campy outfits, just right for running 2.2 miles in public.


REMINDER:  THE NJ MARATHON will breeze through Ocean Grove on Sunday morning, April 28.

The race begins in Long Branch at 7:30, and Ocean Pathway/boardwalk will be near the end, so around 9-9:30 am in the Grove.





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A sign of the times in Asbury Park. April 4, 2017. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger.net.

SMALL POTATOES finding the direction to spring in Bob’s image:



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


SONNY STITT    “At Last”

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Asbury Park July 2016


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

I’ve come to the conclusion that all those “best” lists are created by payoffs. After all, how can Asbury Park be one of the world’s best beach towns, better than famous beaches in California, Australia and Florida?

As a result, we have ignored those lists lately, because the A. Park that we know is usually awarded top billing on those lists. The only list I ever saw with Ocean Grove was some years ago, when we were rated higher than AP as the best place for gay folks.

However, to those of you who are cynical, as I am, about this subject, I did find a list that excluded A. Park. Maybe the payoff was too high for the Cookman crowd and iStar’s publicity department

U.S. News & World Report 3/19/19: Best Places to live near the beach:

1. Melbourne

2. San Diego

3. Sarasota

4. Honolulu

5. Charleston, South Carolina

6. Fort Myers

7. Jacksonville

8. Pensacola

9. Santa Barbara, California

10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

11. Tampa

12. Port St. Lucie

13. Daytona Beach

14. Virginia Beach, Virginia

15. Los Angeles

16.Corpus Christi, Texas

17. Miami

18. Salinas, California

19. Brownsville, Texas

20. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Here’s a link to a recent post on Blogfinger about this topic:


Asbury accolades BF post 2019


PINK MARTINI  “Sway”    Do people still dance on vacation?


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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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New York Times, July, 2016. Fake news. Photograph by Tony Cenicola NYT.


This is Asbury Park in December 2016. They want to be a year-round attraction, but that goal seems to be a stretch—or is it?  Paul Goldfinger photo of the Asbury Beach near Ocean Grove. ©


A. Park. Sunday 3 pm 8/6/17. Beach and boards very busy. A long line waits for Korean food (MOGO). Cuban music wafts from Cubacan. Blogfinger photo. © Click to see more.   This is a re-post from August, 2018, but it is a topic which interests us, and some may have missed it. —Paul


Heading to Asbury on the OG boards. 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©


A. Park near the ocean. Paul Goldfinger ©. 2018

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

It’s good to keep tabs on the neighbors. The “small city” just north of us is being treated to a media blitz that is designed to promote tourism to our  “sister city” on the other side of the Casino. There is no doubt that the deluge of visitors to Asbury Park is increasing, and we are positioned awfully close to this rapidly expanding and increasingly “in-our-face”  place. The Asburian invasion is real and is causing rising density and parking problems in the  Grove.

What do you Grovers think about the way that Asbury Park is progressing?  What is it adding up to, and how will it affect Ocean Grove? We have spoken about  the AP connection to the Grove and about how these two much different towns could compliment each other.

The photograph top  above was part of a NY Times article extolling the beach community of Asbury Park. The caption says:

“View of the amusement park area of Asbury Park from a rooftop bar at the new Asbury hotel.”   It gives the impression that there are permanent amusements like the ones above, but that was just a temporary carnival. 

Over the course of the last year or so, Asbury Park has been named to a variety of “best” lists including being named  #1 as “the coolest small town in America” by Budget Travel Magazine. 

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/lifestyle/travel/-56239-asbury-park-named-coolest-small-town-in-america/

Travel site Thrillist named AP as among the “25 best beaches in America.”

USA Today said that the Asbury Hotel was the “best new hotel in America for 2016.”

Thrillist named AP to its list of “the top 13 beach destinations for tourists.”

Travel and Leisure magazine named AP as the “tenth best travel destination in the world.”  It ranked higher than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Daily Meal named the beach bar by Convention Hall as one of the “top 25 beach bars in America.”  What in the world can you do with bloody Marys and clams on the half shell?

The New York Post said that Asbury Park “had finally made it” as a top tourist attraction in America.  Here is a link to our recent article about what was said at the Post:

NY Post article on Asbury Park

Car rentals.com named AP #14 to its “20 most unique cities to visit in your 20’s.”

NJ.com chose AP as “the top beach in Monmouth County.”

Oh, does Ocean Grove get any respect?  NJ.com made a list of “the best things to do in each of the Jersey Shore’s 47 towns.”  Even Deal is there, a town with nothing to do, but OG? You guessed it; we were AWOL.  But that’s probably a good thing if we want to lower density in the Grove.

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS   “Darktown Strutters Ball” from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.  (A show about prohibition bootleggers in Atlantic City.)

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