Seaside Heights. July, 2018; Paul Goldfinger © 




Behind the Stone Pony Summer Stage. Paul Goldfinger © September 16, 2019.


AURORA   “Life on Mars” from the HBO series Girls.



Trinity Church. Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger © September 2019.






WASSUP? Ocean Grove.

The Blogfinger cow: “Moo do something to me.” Blogfinger photo


a.   Warehoused cars.  I heard of a house on Mt. Zion where a truck sat in the same place, being moved slightly once in a while, for 3 years.  The Township could do nothing because the vehicle had valid registration and insurance.

I have a car sitting for 3 weeks in front of my house. It doesn’t bother me if that space is used periodically by others for temporary purposes, but to warehouse is offensive because it deprives a homeowner of important convenient every day functions.

The Township has a 30 day rule, but it is essentially impossible to enforce.  Even if the car is moved one inch, the count begins again, and it is nearly impossible to document the 30 days.

The most you can do is to prevail on the owner, if you know the person, and explain that there is such a thing as neighborliness in OG.

But if a car sits there and has expired documentation, then it can be removed. Sometimes residents are gone for more than 30 days, such as on a prolonged vacation, but it would be good if they informed the police.

b. Contractor frustrations: We have known for a long time that homeowners and their contractors are often frustrated by the paper work required to get even the simplest project approved.

The HPC is frequently the source of the trouble.  They have a reputation for double standards and for unusual delays so that some contractors find it impossible to reliably schedule subs to do a job. We have also known that some contractors refuse to accept work in the Grove for theses reasons.

Now we learn that certain established contractors who are known for working here are considering turning down OG jobs.  Evidently it is easier to function in other towns.

A. Park at the time of last year’s Sea.Here.Now Festival. Paul Golfinger photo Sept 2018. ©


c. The giant rock concert coming this weekend to A. Park  (Sea.Hear.Noise)  will create more parking woes in the Grove. Best to park and don’t move your car during those two days.    There will be a glut of Airbnb renters in town along with their friends. And the performances go as late as 9 pm each day (9/21 and 9/22)

We not only have the parking pressures of Grovarian events, but we also have to be wary of big doings in Asbury.  Why is this good for their city?

Asbury used to be a Jersey Shore town with rugged, quirky charm—bars and music joints, inexpensive accommodations, down-home restaurants, artists, and all sorts of people—-in other words a true American iconic place with its own personality and character.  But now, as it has risen again from the ashes, it seems to becoming Long Branch…..and it will take its toll on OG.

AP reminds me of Times Square where people still long for the “Midnight Cowboy” version of midtown—-some are still nostalgic for that rough and tumble and fascinating New York.  But now it is a glossy , plain vanilla, sterile magnet for white-bread tourists.  Gone are the dives, the characters, the all-night lights, the huge movie houses, and the delightful and variable visual smorgasbord.

The day after the Sea.Hear. Now  event, a long wagon train of toilets rode out of town along Ocean Avenue, in the direction of Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo. © 9/18.






Will the future of OG come into focus?  Paul Goldfinger photo.OG.  Summer 2019.



The giant “fall” flea market is over.  Soon to occur:  Another craft show, dog parade, trolley tours, Cabaret on Main, Harvest Festival–close down Main Avenue on October 5, Victorian house tours, and then Commercial Christmas will reappear, done large.

The Chamber of Commercials  is currently driving the bus, promoting down-town businesses.  They don’t care about residential OG.  CMA is taking a break, but not for long. The Home Groaners don’t wonder about these things, but they don’t wonder much about anything having to do with lifestyles in the Grove. And the elected officials don’t care.

So what will define Ocean Grove in the future?  Will it be behaving like a historic village in small town America.?  It looks like it will appear as a sort of junior Disneyland where bored outsiders can come and do this or that, and investors can exploit the real estate market with rentals and condos.

The events and crowds keep multiplying,  and, in addition,  we are becoming a bedroom community, an appendage,  for Asbury Park where they know who they are.   And the CMA infrastructure will continue to enlarge its mostly religious calendar.

The beach scene is welcome and expected and is a given–not part of this conversation.

Next summer the CMA-sponsored classical music will be great again—with tiny audiences.  And the town will be burgeoning with religious events and tourists. Maybe the CMA will get its wish to restore the old predominant religious focus here,  even though the town’s residents are largely secular.  The residents don’t exactly know who they are.

At the end of this month, Red Bank will have an Oyster Festival on one day, September  29, from 12 to 6 .  Otherwise they have no large events. And what they have through the summer are for the residents, such as jazz and movies in the park.  They have a large downtown and a bigger town, but they keep the spirit of the place for the sake of their residents.

And Neptune is soon having a concert at the Shark River for the River area residents. When did Neptune offer a musical program for Grover residents? Why do they ignore us?

So, again, what is the point of this constant barrage of tourists in Ocean Grove–a town with an identity challenge?

–Paul Goldfinger


GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS   From the soundtrack of Woody’s movie Zelig.


Grovarian surfer….

Paul Goldfinger photo © Sept 15, 2019. Ocean Grove boardwalk.



SOUL VENDORS   “Surfing Medicine.”


Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13

Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground, is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13


2019: Aviva is probably a teenager by now.   Is she now wearing tie-dye shirts like Mindy?  Such shirts are still available, but you need a time-machine from Amazon to order them.



Color Scheme

Asbury Park, just west of the Sunset Avenue bridge. Paul Goldfinger © 9/16/19.   Click to enlarge.

Janet Kaden wins our Name That Shore Town contest.   What do all of you think of this color scheme?

SHAKIRA:   “Sale el Sol” (The sun comes out)




Nicole works in Asbury Park. She and her colleagues were partying at the A. Park beach.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©September 16, 2019.  Click image to enlarge.

LOS LOBOS  from the Mambo Kings soundtrack.



Rabari tribal elder. 2010 India. Photo by Steve McCurry.


By Paul Goldfinger, Photography  Editor@Blogfinger.

Re-post from 2011 in order to make an update point.     Comments from 2011 are still interesting and include a 2019 update.  Feel free to offer 2019 comments.

From 1935-2009, professional photographers preferred shooting color with Kodachrome slide film  They appreciated the remarkable quality and vivid colors— as well as the archival properties of the film.

Because of the advent of digital photography, Kodak ended production in 2009.  Professional photographer Steve McCurry requested and received the very last roll of Kodachrome that was manufactured.  He traveled from New York City to India to obtain those last 36 exposures.  When he returned, he had the roll developed at a lab in Kansas, the last one in the world to be able to process Kodachrome. One of those images is shown above. The model is a tribal elder of the Rabari people who can be traced back all the way to Atilla the Hun.

Steve McCurry is a well-known photojournalist who has worked at National Geographic for 30 years. In addition, he has published books and he is a member of the renowned photo agency Magnum, based in New York City.  His most famous image is that of an Afghan woman who appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985.  Here is a link to an NPR report on McCurry dated today.  You can see his iconic image from 1985 as well as other amazing photographs.  NPR article about Steve McCurry

Currently, the tribal elder image on top is part of an exhibit entitled “Kodachrome: Images by Steve McCurry” at the Open Shutter gallery in Durango, Colorado.  If you go to the link below, you will see a Vanity Fair article about this topic including a slide show of all the images on that last roll.

The last roll of Kodachrome LINK

MUSIC:  Paul Simon with “Kodachrome”  (Today, October 13, 2011, is Paul Simon’s 70th birthday)

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