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Greetings from Asbury Park

Asbury Park has a rich history, but the "Glory Days" of this seaside community have been revamped by one of Jersey's most proud musicians, Bruce Springsteen. Even naming an album, "Greetings from Asbury Park" and his frequent visits to The Stone Pony, a club that helped build his career locally and nationally, Asbury Park is now a musical landmark.

But, that is not the only historical event this town has seen.

A Renaissance known as the "Gilded Age" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was the heyday of Asbury Park. In 1870, New York industrialist and real estate developer James A. Bradley, began to bring year-round commercialism to this residential shore resort, attracting new merchants, businesses and prominant figures. By 1890, the town was experiencing unprecedented growth.

Travelers flocked to the boardwalk, a resort attraction rivaling Atlantic City's, and hotels and restaurants flourished with the influx of tourist dollars. The area became a destination for tourism and residency for many popular figures in politics, litertaure, music, movies, medical and more. The home of Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, is now the only museum opened to this writers history.

Asbury Park was the summer presidential headquarters of Woodrow Wilson when he ran for re-election in 1916 while on the high school's athletic grounds, the city hosted one of the earliest racially integrated baseball games to be played when the New York Yankees pitched against the Brooklyn Dodgers and the recently signed Jackie Robinson.

Asbury Park also distinguished itself as an early adopter of the nation's new technologies.

James Bradley had the first telephone installed in his home at the corner of Main Street and Mattison Avenue.

This residential resort was one of the earliest to have an electric street car system and boasted the tallest elevator building on the Jersey shore north of Atlantic City.

Another landmark of this resort was in the city's amusements. Ernest Schnitzler patented an observation platform for a rotating wheel whose metal baskets carried riders. Renowned Coney Island woodcarver Charles I.D. Looff, placed an intricately detailed carousel in the town (which is listed in the National Register of Histroic Places)

Over on the boardwalk, New York architect Whitney Warren designed the city's most enduring Beaux Arts buildings: the Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall complex and the Casino Arena and Carousel House.

The Mayfair Theatre, opened in 1927, brought "talkies" to New Jersey, thanks to Walter Reade.

Asbury Park was also the state's first coastal community to have a modern sewer system.

The entire town is undergoing a Renaissance. It is unfortunate that many of the buildings which developed Asbury History and are on the National register of Historic Places are no longer standing. But, many of these unique historic buildings are being painstakingly redone to restire their original beauty.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Renaissance in the Making
  • Cons:The area has degraded over the past couple decades
  • In a nutshell:Once a great resort destination...now great historical town
  • Last visit to Asbury Park: Mar 2008
  • Intro Written Apr 2, 2008
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    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    articulate introduction with wonderful detail, history, and updates. So grateful to see town "come back".

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