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At the Great Auditorium. October, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

At the Great Auditorium. October.    By Paul Goldfinger 





Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

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Ocean Grove. 2016.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to be sure.


“It’s a lovely day today
And whatever you’ve got to do
I’d be so happy to be doing it with you”


SHERRY WILLIAMS  (From Call Me Madam)  By Irving Berlin


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Ocean Grove. All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger ©

Ocean Grove. All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  Click on all photos to see them enlarged.


Who wears short shorts in Seaside Heights. ©

Who wears short shorts in Seaside Heights? 


Ocean Grove ©

Ocean Grove 


Ocean Grove. What's goin' on? ©

Ocean Grove. What’s goin’ on? 


Summer (l), Kelly and Katie. Ocean Grove ©

Summer (l), Kelly and Katie. Ocean Grove 


Ocean Grove summer band member. ©

Ocean Grove summer band baritone player warms up.


La cerveza mas fina!

Ocean Grove:   La cerveza mas fina!


In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, anything goes. (Cole Porter)

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, God knows, anything goes. (Cole Porter)


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  (live version)

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“Looking Back” at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. As seen from the OG fishing pier. May 8, 2008. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Please do not reproduce.  Click left for large view.


This image is permanently exhibited on Blogfinger in the “about” section above. It appeared in Maine Ahead, a magazine which featured it in their January 2011 anniversary collectors edition. It is no longer possible to re-create this view — at least until they rebuild the pier.

Note that this special uncropped commemorative “print” of it includes a piece of the OG fishing pier in the lower left hand corner.

Here’s Bruce Springsteen;  a musical hero here at the Jersey Shore. He appeared in the 12/12/12 benefit concert in NYC  with the E Street Band — raising money for the hurricane victims. Below is a live recording of “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” — from the 2008 album “Magic.”

This song reminds me of the shore — you can almost smell the surf and see the girls walking on the boardwalk and the fishing pier.

“And the girls in their summer clothes
In the cool of the evening light
The girls in their summer clothes
Passing by.”


— PG

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Keeping cool in the Great Auditorium. by Paul Goldfinger back in the cheap seats. ©

Keeping cool in the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger back in the cheap seats. #4 is my favorite number.   Ocean Grove, NJ  © Blogfinger.net





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Auditorium Square. Ocean Grove, NJ. June, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for closeup Auditorium Square.  (AKA Topless at the Beersheba Well.)  Ocean Grove, NJ. June, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. Click for closeup


THE FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE:   It may not be Hackensack, but it is Ocean Grove:



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Auditorium Square. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. by Paul Goldfinger. Copyright. Left click to make it bigger.

Photograph: Auditorium Square Park.  Silver gelatin print. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click left to enlarge.


SOUNDTRACK:  “The Christmas Waltz.”  Sir George Shearing (1919-2011) and his quintet in three-quarter time :

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Ocean Grove beach. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

Ocean Grove beach. Winter.  By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©  Click to enlarge.



A.R. RAHMAN    From the film The Hundred Foot Journey.   “You Complete Me.”


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Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo

Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo Click to make bigger.   Re-post. 2021.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today (2021)  for those who want to obtain their beach “tags” now.  If you order by mail, there will be a $7.00 mailing fee. The cost for 2016 will be the same as 2015. You have to sign and return the enclosed card which promises that you will “follow all of the beach rules and regulations.”

Is this unique, or do other towns require that you sign a pledge to follow the rules?  Do you think these rules are stated clearly?   I wonder how many of you have actually read the rules.   If you haven’t, here are a few that are of particular interest.

Note that Ocean Grove CMA controls most of these rules, not the Neptuners, even though the beach, boards, and parks are considered “public thoroughfares”

  1. You may not swim at the North End beach because it is reserved as the “primary surfing beach.”
  2. You must “obey lifeguards.”  So if you are a sweet young thing in a bikini, you may not want to agree to this rule.
  3. Use of electronic devices such as radios are only permitted if you wear a headset.
  4. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Will you parents with precocious, brilliant kids restrain them from going to the beach alone?
  5. No disrobing or changing clothes on the beach.  Heck, that is a popular spectator sport.
  6. No burying persons below grade or in standing position.  Does this mean that both the buryer and the buryee cannot be standing?  Do the same rules apply if you are burying a dead person?
  7. Sports fishing is allowed in “locations not being used for bathing or surfing.”  This could use some clarification.
  8. No flying kites over beach or boardwalk.  Is that 24/7 or only while the lifeguards are there?
  9. Only service dogs are allowed on the beach or boardwalk.  Do they mean year-round?
  10.  No bikes, skateboards or skates except between 3 am to 10 am  (Neptune ordinance)   Why is Neptune Township writing this rule?   (Thanks I.M. Radar.)  The CMA is empowered to make rules for the beach and boardwalk.  The CMA has jurisdiction over those areas.
  11.  No smoking on the beach.  CMA allows smoking in their parks, but they probably made this specific area smoke-free because people pay to get on; they don’t pay to visit the parks, including Auditorium Square Park which, strangely, allows smoking despite the big wooden structure next door.
  12. Ball playing, Frisbees,  sports activities permitted “as conditions allow.”

Well,  you get the idea.  There are 45 such rules and regulations;  you have to decide which ones you want to obey fully, which ones you will gracefully ignore, and which ones you will obey selectively.

Oh, and who gets to enforce all these rules, especially if they are 24/7?  And how does the CMA insure equal justice under the law?


JOHNNY DEPP and HELENA BONHAM CARTER  “By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics 1979)


“By the sea, Mr. Todd, that’s the life I covet
By the sea, Mr. Todd, ooh, I know you’d love it
You and me, Mr. T, we could be alone
In a house what we’d almost own

“Down by the sea, anything you say
Wouldn’t that be smashing?

“With the sea at our gate, we’ll have kippered herring
What have swum to us straight from the Straits of Bering
Every night in the kip, when we’re through our kippers
I’ll be there slipping off your slippers”




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Ocean Grove. April, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © click left Ocean Grove. April, 2014. Jean Bredin photograph  © click on photo to enlarge.


VALERIE MASTERSON:   Soundtrack of the movie  “QUARTET”:    “The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring.”

Gilbert, W.S.



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