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Ocean Grove, 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Ocean Grove, 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo. Ocean Grove, N.J.


MICHAEL PENN.  “Good Girl Down.”  from the HBO series Girls, Vol III.  Last posted 2016.

“You can’t keep a good girl down
No you can’t keep a girl down
I’ve been lost and I’ve been found
You can’t keep a good girl down.”



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Gospel service in the Boardwalk Pavilion. Ocean Grove, NJ 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Gospel service in the Boardwalk Pavilion. Ocean Grove, NJ 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


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Dawn Walk in Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.

Dawn Walk. Ocean Grove.   August 7, 2015.  By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.  Click to enlarge


Bob says, “Summertime and perfect for a pre-dawn stroll along the O.G. Boardwalk…..Don’t forget the bush hat!”



BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN   “Hello Sunshine.”   from his Western Stars album


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©  Paul Goldfinger photograph on the OG asphalt boards, looking south, near the Casino.  A reminder of what will be lost.  October, 2019.


Is it treading too lightly to call the NERP “Asbury Park South?”    Our North End Redevelopment project will be more intrusive near the ocean than Asbury or other nearby towns  have done.

And don’t forget the White Whale site (where the recent fire occurred) where developers will try to re-build east of our boardwalk.   Which of our neighbors have built recently east of their boardwalk?

The OG North End is currently open space, light, and air.  OGNED will destroy that and create something more congested on our boardwalk than even Asbury has done on theirs.  Their condos are all around the AP beach area, but not on top of the boardwalk as will occur with the NERP.  And their boardwalk is much wider than ours.

The reason for the current asphalt jungle over there is that they need to figure out the elevations for construction immediately adjacent to the west side of the boardwalk.

The Camp Meeting’s  plans to re-do that North End boardwalk is about more than altruism.


From Grease:   Bring back pedal pushers.   Sha la, la, la, la, la, la etc.

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Flying high on the new Ocean Grove Boardwalk. (or checking his diaper.)  Paul Goldfinger photo © June 2015.      Click to enlarge.





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Ocean Grove boards on Oct. 1, 2017: bikes and dogs allowed whenever. Dogs can also go on the beach.   A woman with blue hair-is she blue?    Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click image to enlarge the picture.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

Notice the sign. In big letters it says WARNING!!!  NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.  Isn’t that enough warning for those who might consider swimming?  So why do we need 3 exclamation points?  We don’t need even one.

Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted in October when the water is dangerous.   But maybe this sign is more than enough to try and discourage dopey daredevils.

And the sign says “No Diving!”  Is there any way  anyone could dive at this beach?  I suppose someone might walk over to the pier and dive in, but if anyone is so inclined, the little message on the bottom of this sign is not likely to be influential. And besides, it’s all sand under there. Maybe the sign should also say, “Don’t stick your head in the sand!!!”

The lady with blue hair smiled at us as she went by, but she was moving fast, and we don’t know why she smiled or why she has blue hair in Ocean Grove.   This is a rare sighting here, but maybe she was going to Asbury to attend a meeting of the Blue Hair Society.

And the girl on the bike?  She was on the beach and came up to get her bike—seemingly caught between the seasons.


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Molly–a new Grover. 11/19/20 Paul Goldfinger photo ©   Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor at Blogfinger.net.

Molly moved to Ocean Grove recently.  She rents in the Grove and works in Red Bank.

She was walking alone on the boards late in the day.  It was cold out, but Molly wore a smile.  I had my camera and I took this shot without any discussion.  That’s what “street photographers”  do.

I happened to have a 28 mm wide angle lens on my Leica Monochrom 246.   The “decisive moment” * is what we seek.  You dance with the girl you came with, and so it goes with interchangeable camera lenses.  If there is time in photography, one could get closer, but not in this case at that moment.   Fortunately our software allows a viewer to click on the image and get a closer view.

A few minutes later I caught up with Molly.  I said, “Hi” and  asked,  “Can I take your picture?”   There was not a hint of caution on her part.  She continued to smile and to say, “Sure.”

We will post those portrait shots another time.  We chatted briefly, and I gave her a Blogfinger card.

She said, “I love it here.”


*Cartier-Bresson, the famous French street photographer coined the phrase:  “The Decisive Moment.”






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Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net Nov. 19, 2020. Click to enlarge. ©



BØRNS:     “Past Lives”  from the HBO series “Girls.” Vol. 3.

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Forever blowing bubbles in the Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo.



By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.   Re-post 2016.

We recently began a discussion about mega- events in town and about the various groups that do not come together as a community.  We suggested that there are too many huge events that literally swallow the Grove whole.  Just this past month we had the Giant Flea Market (CC)  and the Giant Craft Market  (CMA) and then Bridgefest (CMA).  On  Saturday, June 25, the town was consumed by Bridgefest, a huge event sponsored by the CMA.

An exception is the magnificent July 4 parade, a  culturally enriching experience for the entire community and visitors. That parade resonates with history and tradition, and it provides pride, enjoyment and solidarity  to the people of Ocean Grove.  It is the only mega-event that is embraced by everyone in town, so the parking crunch can be tolerated.

But during  these huge events, it becomes extremely difficult to park.  People drive all over town—circling to find a space.  Parking issues contribute to a toxic effect that goes along with the sound and the fury of these tourist invasions. It goes beyond putting your car away.  It effects our lifestyles

But consider this:  The larger issue is not parking per se.   It is, “Whom is the town for?” Most of us bought homes or rent here  because we love this unique ocean-front town.  It has  diversity,  spirituality, family values,  music,  history, tranquility, and beauty.  When you come into town, you feel transformed to another place in time.    It has the potential to evolve a unique 21st century culture. But forces here which run amok threaten the future of Ocean Grove.

Whenever a mega-day occurs, the whole town becomes different.   It is not the town we bargained for when we decided to live here. It becomes something uncomfortable for those who reside  here, and really, why should the tax payers/residents have to put up with so many massive chaotic festivals in our town?  Who decides what the limits are?   Who decides whom  the town is for?

Specifically, these events, such as the giant flea markets, bring nothing of value to the town—- certainly nothing with character, charm, education and pro-community culture.  What they do bring are huge crowds, congestion, something to do for tourists, and transfer of money to vendors and sponsors.  At best they help a few tourist oriented businesses such as shops and restaurants.   They also overrun the infrastructure including the roads, the parks, the beachfront, the parking, the emergency services, the trash collection, the police patrols, and the lifestyles of those who live here.  Who decided we should have such events?

We need more  small-scale community happenings that enrich a town for the benefit of its residents.  These enrich the town by promoting community and culture.

Consider the money. The Chamber of Commerce must make a lot when they have one of their large events.  But who gets the money?—not the town of Ocean Grove  which has the events forced on it and has to put up with it.  It isn’t the homeowners who maintain their homes, culture and lifestyles as an inviting backdrop.   Does any of the money go to town services or community events and programs, for example for kids, seniors and families ?

Why should we tax payers  have our town overrun by those who consume us  and then go home?  And that includes those who use our streets to park and then go to Asbury.

Look back and consider other towns you have lived in.  Think of ones that were desirable and had a strong sense of community.   Did they have comparable mega-festivals that took over the town and benefited very few residents..  What community events did they have where you lived?

Thus,  we have brought up the subject of community in this town and raised the question of who is in charge.  Who gets to decide what’s best for the community?  Unfortunately, it is not the people.  It is a variety of selfish factions acting for their own interests.

There is no game plan for Ocean Grove. It is a free for all, and the question of “whom is the town for” is not answered because the answer has not been identified.   Is it for the event sponsors, the people who live here, the CMA, the tourists, the business community, influential families who receive favoritism, the developers, the Neptune politicians, or the narrowly focused organizations—especially the misguided  HOA?

It is complicated due to the “anything goes” philosophy here.  What can be done?    How can the people get control?    Let’s continue the  conversation.



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Paul Goldfinger photo. Grover boards. August 2018. © Click to enlarge.


LEONARD COHEN.  “Morning Glory”.  Album is Dear Heather.

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Ocean Grove boardwalk. November 3, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photograph©.  Click to enlarge.


BOB KELLY from the soundtrack of Green Book.  “Mmm Love.”





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Ocean Grove. August, 2020. Paul Goldfinger ©



JOHNNY HARTMAN  from The Bridges of Madison County



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9/8/20. 8:30 am. OG boards. Paul Goldfinger photo. Notice the wet Trex boards with puddles.   Click to enlarge.

I went onto the boards at 8:30.  Everything was dry all around except for the boards which were diffusely wet with mild puddles   (see photo,)  and the entire surface was slippery.  The cyclist above was clinging to the edge.

The boards are made with Trex, a composite product.  Trex is made with plastic and wood, and it is not supposed to be slippery even when wet.   But  wet and slippery have been reported. Slippery is more likely if the patterned surface is installed on the bottom.

After about 45 minutes, the wet had pretty much dried, but during the wet and slippery phase I thought that a walker, runner or biker stood a risk of falling. I walked carefully.

I could not figure out how it got wet in the first place, and it definitely was slippery.  There had been no rain.

Here is a link to a post on BF about the use of Trex in Ocean Grove.

Trex in OG

LENNY WELCH:   “Since I Fell For You.”

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