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Deal, New Jersey. Jersey Shore Gallery. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Deal, NJ. Jersey Shore Gallery. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

 

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW  from her album the Very Thought of You.

 

 

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Tent Village, Ocean Grove. July 29,  2017. By Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

It must be great fun to be a kid living in a tent during an Ocean Grove summer.  Instead of bicycles to zoom around the sidewalks of the Village,  there are now skateboards and scooters.

I saw a teenager coasting down Mt. Hermon Way on a skateboard, in her gravity defying short shorts, maintaining her decorum all the while speaking on a cell phone.  It is certain—-someday she will have a tattoo, and her parents will approve.   This is the new look of femininity.

But the Village girl, on her scooter, shows no sign of becoming anything but a proper young lady.

 

JUDY GARLAND    from The Wizard of Oz.

 

“Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh, why can’t I?

“If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow.
Why, oh, why can’t I?”

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Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Trinity Church.  Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to further illuminate.

 

LOUDON WAINRIGHT III   (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  “Carrickfergus”

 

 

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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. 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today 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.

  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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Paul Goldfinger video.  Watch it carefully and play the music as you watch.  Hit the music button first and then hit the video button.

This Spring Lake home is on Morris Avenue, near that beautiful downtown.  Spring Lake is a real town, with no mega events, no parking issues, a strong sense of community, and a government that represents the citizens.

There are 3 churches there.

 

 

 

BRUNO MARS  “When I Was Your Man.”

 

 

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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

 

BUDDY HOLLY

 

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Nov. 4 2012. Neighbors discuss the storm. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

Nov. 4, 2012.  (6 days after Sandy)   Neighbors discuss the storm. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

 

 

TONY BENNETT AND K.D. LANG

 

 

 

 

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Allenhurst, NJ.    Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Autumn, 2018.  Click to enlarge

 

SARA BAREILLES    “She Used to be Mine” from the Broadway show Waitress.  Composer Sara Bareilles.

 
 
“She is messy, but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine.”

 

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Main Street. Neptune/Ocean Grove near Bradley Beach. April, 2021. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge. Q2M.

 

 

“S’Rothe-Zauerli”    From the soundtrack of the Grand Budapest Hotel

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A. Park as seen from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph © c. 2014

A. Park as seen from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph © c. 2014.  click to enlarge  RE-POST 2018.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@ Blogfinger.net   Photos and text.  Relevant in 2018 regarding the contrasts between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.

 

In case you haven’t noticed, according to last Sunday’s NY Times,  Asbury Park, at least the part by the ocean, is a huge success attracting hot-shots from all over the mid-Atlantic to this “beach destination.”  It seems that the turning point is the new 110 room Asbury Hotel, a brilliantly conceived venue which the chief designer, Anda Andrei, calls “luxury with modesty.”

According to the Times, the “City  by the Sea” has officially risen from the ashes and has become a place where “everyone and everything” is happening.  Below are some of the observations reported  by the Times in their featured article in the “Next Stop” series on Sunday, July 10, 2016, written by Eric Lipton, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist:

“IStar is the NYC based real estate company that owns all 35 acres of beachfront land.  Madison Marquette is the company in charge of leasing retail space at the beachfront.   These companies plan to invest over $1 billion in AP over the next 10 years.”

Regarding the demographics of those who populate the scene in AP, it is described as an “eclectic mix of professionals, families, young bar hoppers, and a large gay population—-all of them across income levels.”

The author of the article said, “Now the rebirth of Asbury Park is no longer in question.  The only question that does remain is how much of Asbury’s character will be retained as it becomes a summertime mecca again.”

The executive in charge of iStar told the Times that “his company is determined not to turn Asbury Park into Disneyland.”

You can already get a feel for that when you check out the eating establishments on the boards—no pizza slices and French fries for them.

“The music scene is still the element that holds Asbury Park together with at least eight venues featuring live music.”

Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Downtown more than two dozen restaurants and bars comprise an eclectic collection of fine shops, galleries, and bakeries.   The Festhall and Biergarten across the lake from OG is filled with “over 700 patrons on busy weekend nights.”

Clearly this Times article was aimed at a crowd that would respond to the “Brooklyn by the beach” nickname, but when Eric Lipton wondered about retaining the original AP “character,” it wasn’t clear what image he had in mind.

The article failed to consider that AP is a city that consists of more than just a destination for glitterati.  There are people who live there who are ordinary folks—not hipsters, and they bring a beautiful down-home, multi-racial sensibility to the City which has deeper roots than fancy restaurants and cool destinations.   There is a tapestry in Asbury Park, not just designer clothes.

Asbury Park Boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Asbury Park Boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Also there is no recognition in the article of the state of affairs in some parts of town west of the tracks, the poverty, the unemployment, the poor condition of Main Street,  and the pervasive crime problems, primarily surrounding the considerable drug scene over there.

Farmer's market in the Caorusel building. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Farmer’s market in the Carousel building. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  click to see the fun.

And as we all know who live in this area, Asbury Park is not isolated—it has neighbors. Regarding the “eclectic mix” that visits A. Park, the author says that the mix is “in striking contrast to the more stuffy (and staid) nearby beach towns, like Spring Lake.”

Uh, excuse me, but if you are going to contrast Asbury to a nearby town, there is an actual striking contrast with next door Ocean Grove, just south of A. Park—-a much more interesting place than “staid” Spring Lake.

There is a small reference to OG in a side bar which, like most inattentive media, gets it wrong about us—painting us as some shriveled-up museum-like religious town.  He says, “Ocean Grove is a dry town built around religious summer camps—God’s Square Mile is its slogan—-so no bars with music there. But it is a museum of Victorian architecture.”

Ocean Grove as seen from Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove as seen from Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Eric Lipton  mentions our ” more than a dozen bed and breakfast options,” but who would want to visit our embalmed town?  The dynamic interaction between these two beach towns which is developing, goes unrecognized by the media.  Ocean Grove may not be where the cool crowd goes, but our history, diversity, beauty, quietude, and family lifestyles provide quite an impressive and favorable comparison to the sparkling high life going on across Wesley Lake.

So, what will Ocean Grove become by comparison as AP morphs into a very special place with its own character, fame, and attraction?  Will we evolve into a historical prototype of small town America with a famous Victorian architecture, a religious flavor, a unique character, a classy culture, and a wonderful personality of its own that will complement what is happening to the north?

Or will we be left in the dustbin of history as a place with stifling crowding, insoluble  parking concerns, a has-been Victorian success story,  condos all over town, a pseudo-Asbury  at the North End, and a town devoid of community—– known for gizmos and Abba on the Pathway but no art, culture, or values of its own?  All that will be left to focus on will be the Camp Meeting Association with its specific mission and lifestyle—worthy as part of the community, but less impressive all by itself.

CELIA CRUZ:  (Live)   Turn on the music and then look at the gallery below.

An Asbury Park gallery—-the other side of A. Park,  by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net.   Click on one and follow the arrows.  Use the small X upper left to return to Blogfinger proper  (or improper as the case may be.)

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