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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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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

It began in San Francisco in 1994 and is now celebrated around the world.  SantaCon has people dressed up as Santa or other Christmas characters in order to parade, party, sing, dance and carol.  We tried to find Carol, but she wasn’t there in A. Park where SantaCon was having a jolly old time at Johnny Mac’s Beer Garden and spreading out on the mean streets of downtown A. Park.

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All photos by Paul Goldfinger © at Johnny Mac’s Beer Garden in Asbury Park. December 12, 2015. Blogfinger.net © Click to enlarge.

It seemed like everyone was clutching a bottle of Bud as I made my way through the crowd. The muscular doorman let me right in when I told him I was from Blogfinger.  He probably would have let me in if I said I was from The Eat-in-town Gazette. It seemed like everyone was having fun, and many of the revelers wanted to pose for pictures. This must be a consequence of the world of selfies and Instagram, because these picture posers had no idea where their images would wind up.

I met an O. Grover over there named Patrick (You may know him—he’s a painter, not unlike Van Gogh). He asked me what day of Hanukkah it is. I didn’t know, so I told him to read Blogfinger where I have posted the only Hanukkah songs in the history of the Jews. We are the people of the book, but if we are so smart, how come we only have two Hanukkah songs after 2,000 years?  And as for books, all the Jews I know are reading their iPhones.

2 guys from Asbury. Blogfinger.net ©

Getting back to SantaCon, this crowd got lucky being outdoors, because it was 64 degrees today—a new record. It was so warm (how warm was it?) that a group of young ladies asked me to take their picture—“clothes on or off, it’s your choice,”  they said in the midst of a torrent of giggles and actual laughs.  I said,  ‘Clothes on, I’m in a hurry.”

 

 

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SHE and HIM:

 

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Asbury Park on Main Street. October, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Dunkin’ Donuts.  Asbury Park on Main Street. October, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

This time of year, the best donuts can be found at farms that grow apples, make cider and then fry those wonderful apple cider donuts.  Such a place is in Chester at the Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill and Bakery.  We used to live a mile away, and a visit there before Thanksgiving was always a must.

You should order a pie and plan a drive up to Morris County for that treat.  It’s only one hour and 15 minutes away.  This time of year we miss the woods, farms, country roads and small towns like Tewksberry, Far Hills, Peapack, Mendham and Long Valley.   You can also visit Jockey Hollow where the Continental Army spent a horrible winter while today it’s great for picnicking.

ALEXIS COLE:

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Zombie in the Casino, October 2014. Paul Ghoulfinger photo Blogfinger.net

Zombie in the Casino, October 2014. Paul Ghoulfinger photo Blogfinger.net  © Click to make her even more beautiful.

The ghoul that I marry will have to be as soft and as pink as  a  nursery….

Yes folks, the blood and gore is no more.  But, as a Zombie Walk photographer, I noticed that many of those dead ducks were actually beautiful women—a little gory perhaps, but there is something about those Zombie babes…..

We photographers will miss the Zombie Walk.  Maybe they will return from the dead in the future.

HOWARD KEEL   sings Irving Berlin

And, here’s something a little more upbeat for the Zombie theme:  HOZIER received a 2015 Grammy nomination for this delightful song called “Take Me to Church.”

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Shopping for real estate. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. August 30, 2015 © Blogfinger.net

Shopping for real estate on Sunday.  All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Editor.  Early evening, August 30, 2015. © Blogfinger.net  Click all to enlarge.

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Avenue. 8/30/15. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. WE later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Cookman Ave. We later met this trio on the New Jersey Ave. bridge back to OG. I took their photo on the bridge,  with their iPhones. © Blogfinger.net

Over by the beer hall, we met Vicki LaBella, former owner of the OG newsstand. She was leaving next week for a bike trip through England’s Cotswold region where there are lovely country roads and more sheep than people. She looked happy, slim and very fit.

Bonus photo:

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

Asbury Park. Blogfinger photo.

And here’s a link to our article last year about the quirky Bond Street Bar:

Bond Street Bar

SPANKY AND OUR GANG   from the Summer of Love album.

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Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove.  The artist is Porkchop.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger. ©   July, 2015.

Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove. It is literally an Asbury connection for any Tom, Dick or Calamari.     The artist is Porkchop. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2015.  Click to watch her eyes.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT   from the soundtrack of The Aviator

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Sunset Lake, Asbury Park.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Blogfinger.net ©

Sunset Lake, Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net ©

MIKIS THEODORAKIS   “Horos Tou Zorba”  (Zorba’s Dance)   From the film Zorba the Greek

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Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Casino, OG side. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

DANNY ELFMAN.   From the soundtrack of Silver Linings Playbook:  “Walking Home”

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New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake.  June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

New Jersey Avenue bridge to Asbury Park restaurant scene from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. June, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park once experienced “Glory Days,”  but in the 1980’s, it went into a downhill spiral and it turned into “No Where.”  Then, in recent years, perhaps ten, a slow and difficult rebirth has been occurring, and now it’s clear that Asbury Park has turned a definite corner in the renaissance and is becoming “Somewhere.”   Of course there are still problems in governance, crime, poverty and schools.  In some ways it is a tale of two cities—roughly east and west.

In December 2013, we posted a piece on Blogfinger that wondered if the acclaimed Asbury Park restaurant scene downtown  had become a true  “destination” for visitors from around here and elsewhere.  We were interested in this subject because of the relationship that Ocean Grove has to AP.  That includes the fact that many Grovers go there for dinner on a regular basis, and oftentimes we walk over there at night.   In 2013, half of our Blogfinger readers who took our poll said that AP had not yet become the “go to” place for fine dining.    Here is a link to that article.

Great expectations link

But now, in 2015, we have reason to believe that the tide has turned over there regarding the dining situation.   We  wrote a recent glowing review about Taka’s new location, and today we will be reporting on a new name in town:  “Cross & Orange.”

CHRIS BELLAMY   in a live performance from his album Down in the Keys:

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Fish chicken. Asbury Park.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fish Chicken. Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ANAT COHEN. “Ima”   from her album Luminosa

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