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Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. © Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (Re-posted from October 2015)


This carousel horse, photographed after the season in Seaside Heights, reminds me of Broadway—sometimes happy and sometimes sad.   I’m thinking of the show Carousel which proclaims, “June is busting out all over.”

The Fantasticks has a song called “Round and Round” which begins as a gorgeous fantasy—-“Life is a colorful carousel,”  but later the song becomes dark, sad, and scary.

However,  for the most part, Broadway brings us joy as in “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma.

I see this carousel, devoid of riders and seemingly sad because the season is over, and yet the scene, like a Broadway set, is bursting with vivid colors and, in a way, with memories of life itself.

So, in wondering about this photograph and how to see it, I decided that it is joyful and not sad, and if the horse could talk he would say, ” Please sir, I want more oats”  (sorry for the Oliver  joke, such as it is.)   I wonder how a child would view it.

And certainly now, in 2021, with Broadway (and even the London stage) mostly dark for an indefinite period of time, we will have to wait to experience the joy of the musical stage.

Of course, we can still hear the music.  We try to keep that music alive on Blogfinger.  It’s easy to forget, but we won’t. (Thanks Mom!)

And, the Seaside Heights boards have come alive this  summer (2021) so you probably can find the carousel going round and round, We’ll have to go there and find out.


Here is MIMI HINES from a show called “The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd.” It is a happy song full of the sort of vivid optimism that we often find in Broadway musicals and, sometimes, in life.


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Seaside Heights boardwalk carousel. Paul Goldfinger photograph 2016. ©


APP May 26, 2020:

“June usually brings an influx of teenagers to Seaside; in previous years they’d come after high school proms. Chris Vaz  (Borough Administrator)  said the borough, which typically hires 50 to 60 Class I and Class II officers for the summer, needs extra officers to ensure that parties don’t get out of hand. Seaside has 39 motels and dozens of multi-family rental properties.

“Police and EMS are usually very busy at that time,” Vaz said. “Without us having sufficient police to be able to do the job that we normally have to do, there could be problems.”



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