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Paul Goldfinger ©; September 2, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©


THE SHIRELLES  (Music by Carole King)

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Cookman Avenue summer of 2015. We also photographed this trio  heading back to OG across the New Jersey Avenue bridge.  ©

The night life over in A.-Park-By-The-Sea and don’t forget your credit cards. Paul Goldfinger photo. 2016 ©  Click to enlarge.


Scene:   The coffee bar at Ocean Wegman’s.  Two employees are discussing what they did the day before

He:  “Yesterday I went to Asbury Park to take a walk on the boardwalk.  I parked in Ocean Grove because they have free parking.  Most other shore towns, except maybe Spring Lake, have meters.”

She:  “I know.  I do the same thing.  The Asbury meters can get expensive at $2.00 or more per hour.”


Editor’s note:  About 6 months ago we reported that Asbury employees such as restaurant workers  are intentionally going straight to Ocean Grove for parking, especially at the north end near Wesley Lake and behind the Windmill.  From there they walk a few blocks to work by crossing the access bridge nearby.

This has proven to make parking an even bigger issue for those of us who live in that part of the Grove. We live near that access bridge and we  often see visitors, mostly 20 and 30 somethings, pile out of a  car, often trailing suitcases, as they head for the New Jersey Avenue bridge to A.Park.   And there are large numbers who, heading for dinner out or bar hopping, do the same thing except without the suitcases. And then they come back late and loud.

This is a new and growing situation which we first reported on in 2015.

The conversation above indicates that the knowledge about free parking in OG has spread to a wider circle of parking manipulators.

Here is a link to the night life in A. Park  post written last year on Blogfinger,  and it is a must re-read:

NY Times says AP is “reborn.”

NICKI MINAJ  “The Night is Still Young.”  But Nicki, can’t you keep it in A. Park? We’re sleeping in Ocean Grove.

“The night is still young
The night is still young
The night is still young
And so are we.”



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Asbury Park. November, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The other side of Asbury Park. One block from the ocean. November, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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