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Paul Goldfinger photo.  Ocean Grove beach 8/4/17. Click to enlarge.


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Moe Demby©  Heck Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ.  Blogfinger.net staff photo. July 2, 2017.



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The Albatross. Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove.   Blogfinger photo ©

From Samuel Taylor’s  poem :    Ryme of the Ancient Mariner:

“With my cross-bow,
I shot the albatross.

‘Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.”

But now, in Ocean Grove, Joe Grove has something similar to say about the Albatross, but he is referring to an old hotel on the Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove, NJ.

“The Albatross has been functioning as vagrant housing. It seems the B and B’s of Ocean Grove have a 10 day stay limit for guests and to circumvent this limitation one simply has to change rooms. The Albatross is apparently applying a 90 day limitation and has basically converted into vagrant housing. The residents from the Whitfield and La Pierre are staying there under contract with a state agency.

“To have a B and B  on the Pathway between the Great Auditorium and the boardwalk pavilion operating under this charade is pretty amazing. The integrity of the surrounding area has negatively impacted other residents, and the vagrants in the Albatross have definitely left their mark with cigarette butts and other trash inconsiderately tossed on the streets.

“Hats off to the owner of the Albatross which has become just another menace to society…”

There had been talk that the owner of the Albatross would like to turn it into condominiums, but we don’t know for sure. It had some moments of fame on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

As portrayed on HBO–cast as an early 20th century hotel; which it is. Blogfinger photo of the TV showing Boardwalk Empire (HBO).

The Albatross appears in “Boardwalk Empire”

But why can’t these old hotels succeed as they did in the past?  The Manchester Inn seemed successful, but the owner wanted condos….and then it burned down.  Single family homes resulted.  But others deteriorated like the Whitfield which was demolished and will become single family homes.  One recently tried to become a drug rehab center.  And yet others have become condominiums with pseudo-Victorian facades and no parking, increased congestion, and no character.

But Neptune’s elected officials  should  owe their allegiance to the citizens of the “historic district” and not to developers.  The ideal should be a historic town that brings comfort and beauty to the residents and the visitors.  It should be a place with honesty, light and air.  It should attract art, music, children, flowers, teenagers, yard sales, dinner on the porches, bicyclists, film festivals, ice cream, theater, girls in summer clothes, good eateries, diversity, and more….not trash and scum in Wesley Lake, not politicians in the shadows,  and not cigarette butts on the ground.

Too bad for the owners, but the dying old hotels should revert to single family homes.  Why did the Township bother to write a master plan?

And what will happen to Ocean Grove in the future—maybe it will become like Ocean Grove, Australia, which now bears no resemblance to Osborne’s dream.  It’s a surfers’ town now. Maybe that’s OK.  Some wouldn’t care if our Grove were to drift away to become something else.


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NJ Marathon in Ocean Grove 2011. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

NJ Marathon heading south  in Ocean Grove 2011. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


MATTHEW WILDER   “Break My Stride.”

“Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh-no, I got to keep on moving'”


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July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is Proprietor Linda Occhipinti.. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is proprietor Linda Occhipinti. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©




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OG Beach. June 2015. School's out, and these coeds chose the Grove. Ocean Grave? No way! Paul goldfinger photograph. ©

OG Beach. June 2015.  School’s out, and these coeds chose the Grove.   Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©


“So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake
Just keep on reaching though the limb might break
We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now
‘Cause you can learn to fly on the way down”

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Summer, 2014. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Summer, 2014. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to Seymour.

THE ANDREW SISTERS   “The Three Caballeros.”



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Victor and Tiffany on Mt. Hermon Way. Sept. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Victor and Tiffany on Mt. Hermon Way. Sept. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©


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Ocean Grove at the Spring fling.  Pilgrim Pathway.  5/15/16.  Blogfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove at the Spring fling. Pilgrim Pathway. 5/15/16. Blogfinger photo ©

Of course, when the Jersey girls in their summer clothes make their debut on the OG Boardwalk, this will seem modest.  Blogfinger will be covering that story from the culture/lifestyles viewpoint.

BUDDY HOLLY and the CRICKETS from the soundtrack of American Graffiti.:

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Spring fling, May 14. Neptune township closed a large part of Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo. ©

Spring fling, May 14. Neptune township closed a large part of Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Saturday, May 14, 2016.       Today at 10:30 am I returned from the bank and found the town to be overrun with a large crowd of tourists who were here for a “Spring Fling” sponsored by the OG Chamber of Commerce.    Parking was very difficult.  Main Avenue was closed along the entire commercial district and down near the beach. Pilgrim Pathway was clogged shut, and a loud rock band was shaking the rafters.

Who exactly benefits from this Spring Fling? Of course the CC does, and so do the many vendors who have set up booths, almost all of them from out of town. The tourists love it, while the locals ignore it and groan.

Pilgrim Pathway for the Spring Fling. Is this Seaside Heights? Blogfinger photo. ©

Pilgrim Pathway closed for the Spring Fling. Should we be Seaside Heights or Rhinebeck?  Blogfinger photo. ©


This is not the only such happening. How about the CC’s Spring Giant Flea Market which will involve nearly 300 vendors on June 4. Then there is the British car fling, the vintage car fling, the giant fall flea fling market and the fall autumn fling festival—– all town clogging events produced by the Chamber.

And don’t forget the large gatherings sponsored by the Camp Meeting Association, including their giant craft show in mid June.

How much of this sort of event is good for the town? How much is enough? When does the Chamber, the CMA, and the Township start to think about nurturing this town, its history, its culture, and its residents. It seems like OG is merely a stage set for those who want to commercialize it.

People say that the parking issues are only during July and August, but this town has congested events of this sort for  6 months of the year, hardly a trivial amount of time. We do need relief for resident parking.

We are a lovely artistic and historic town, and it is wonderful to have events outdoors here, but how about small themed programs that improve the quality of life of those who actually live in Ocean Grove. I’m thinking chamber music, art shows, collectors events, film festivals, historic reenactments, food truck nights, farmers markets, plays in the parks, poetry readings, focused  literary festivals, etc.

Two summers ago we had an Illumination Night for the townspeople. It was a beautiful small historic event with overtones of OG’s past.   It was held by Auditorium Park adjacent to the bookstore—sponsored by the CMA. Lights were twinkling, kids were skateboarding and biking, a guitarist played, and the rest of us chatted and had refreshments. We need more of that.

Illumination Night August 20, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Illumination Night near the Great Auditorium. August 20, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

What exactly does the Chamber do for the Township itself? When was the last time they spoke out regarding OG issues such as historic preservation, land use controversies, or parking?     How about elevating the cultural experiences here instead of just promoting commercialism?

Why should we who live here be thrilled with the Chamber’s  “flings?”   Do they care about the tranquility, spirit, quality of life and comfort of Ocean Grove’s citizens? Do they care about the future of this town? They want our business, but what do they do in exchange besides show up. And as for the town, this is just another example of Neptune Township ignoring the  tax paying “townies” in favor of other interests.

So, if OG continues on a path where there are takers but few givers, then it will decline into something less, and residents will leave.  Too pessimistic?  If we want to be unique instead of similar to other shore towns, then committed citizens need to pay attention.

NEKO CASE  with the Nighthawks in Boardwalk Empire



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