My first encounter with Asbury Park was in high school. Mi mejor amigo y yo fuimos en cochedown the shore to Deal beach because we felt it was much cleaner than Seaside Heights. We decided to drive down the “strip” in Asbury Park to check it out. We had heard that AP was not the safest place; but we were not ready for the decay, filth, las discotecas en ruinas, y subido encima de las casas. Calculo que esto sucedió alrededor 1994/95 (and now you know how old I am). Nineteen years later, Asbury Park has become gay vacation mecca, un paraíso para los inversores de bienes raíces, and a lovely place to spend a week not just in Summer, but also in the early fall. I put together the following travel tips for Asbury Park, NJ over my last few trips. If you have more, definitely add them to the comments.
Sugerencias de viajes Asbury Park
Asbury Park has a pretty interesting history. fuethe destination for the middle & upper middle class in the 20th Century, pero después de los disturbios raciales de los años 70, the city became seriously depressed. The economy tumbled, and people stopped vacationing in the city. Homes were boarded up, the boardwalk and its landmarks went into disrepair, y la gente se olvidó de la ciudad a menos que estaban escuchando una canción de Bruce Springsteen.
What is particularly nice about Asbury Park in its renaissance is that it is accepting of everyone. Unlike say, los Hamptons, donde casi todo el mundo que las vacaciones no es blanco y ricos, Asbury Park has quite a varied population (local and transient). While it is a gay & lesbian mecca, you will find families with strollers, couples with their dogs at the dog beach, older retirees, and immigrant workers. The city is varied in a beautiful way.
There are definitely still signs of decay, and Asbury Park has a long way to go. The old Asbury Park Casino is still in disrepair. El carrusel precioso se encuentra vacía con las ventanas rotas y los que carecen de caballos de colores y criaturas marinas para traer sonrisas a las caras de los niños. Pero Asbury Park está en camino a un renacimiento completo. For example, the convention hall has been completely renovated (a few details like the copper ships can use a little love, but the items that need repair are very minor). A lo largo del paseo marítimo, there are a decent amount of restaurants for you to choose from (none of them “good” but all “good enough”). Along Cookman Ave, you will find the better restaurants, bars and some great shops featuring local designers, artists, and artisans. People are buying up gorgeous homes (at amazing prices) and restoring them to their original splendor.
The beach in Asbury Park was surprisingly clean, spotless actually. I still would not go in the water, not just because there are some pretty crazy riptides, but also because it’s Jersey…and you never know whose dead body may wash up, pero si usted está mirando para tomar el sol, jugar un poco de voleibol de playa, or just enjoy the view, I think Asbury Park will definitely do the trick. Esto es especialmente alentador ya que la costa de Nueva Jersey estaba afectada por huracán Sandy, and it is great to see that Asbury Park was not greatly affected.
COSAS no perderse en Asbury Park
Asbury Park Convention Hall
It was originally supposed to be designed by one of my all-time favorite architectural firms: McKim, Mead, y blanco. El problema era que James A. Bradley (the city founder) owned the land and he refused to sell it. When he died, fue comprado por Arthur Steinbach que demolió el edificio que existía allí y construyó el Berkeley-Carteret hotel. Asbury Park was feeling the pressure to compete with NYC’s newly built Madison Square Garden (by McKim, Mead, and White), y con el Convenio Hall de Atlantic City. By luck (or arsen), Berkeley-Carteret incendió y el Mayor Hetrick tuvo su oportunidad. He hired Warren and Wetmore (designers of Grand Central) to design the Convention Hall. It extended over the beach and water and had gorgeous views. It even had heating. The building was somewhere between French and Italian and peppered with charming nautical designs). Things you can do at the Convention Hall:
- Shopping – there are some tiny, super cute shops in the convention center.
- Shows & Sports – I got to watch a super cool roller derby match. They also host concerts, comedians, and more
- Eat – There are various restaurants at the Convention hall, so stop by in the afternoon, enjoy a cocktail and relax while you people watch.
Connected to the Convention Hall by way of a public arcade is the Paramount theater.
Asbury Park Casino
These are still in the form of spirits from another era and I only wish for them to be brought back to life quickly (efforts seem to be going on). These were designed by Beaux-Arts architects Whitney Warren & Charles Wetmore. This is the loveliest spot on the boardwalk. Si has visto la película el boxeador, then you have an idea of what this building looks like. Thecasino is completely open right now. As one walks through, one can see the original plaster details. Currently, there’s a wall with a painting of a flapper style Cecelia (octopus mermaid type). She hides the restoration work that is going on in the former skating rink. El Cecelia sería en casa en Williamsburg.
Asbury Park Carousel
El espacio que albergaba lacarouselestá ahora vacía y algunas de las ventanas están rotas. (If you’re interested, el carrusel está en Family Kingdom Park en Myrtle Beach, the original horses are gone, but there are replicas in their place). The building is marked by gorgeous copper window frames that now have a verdigris patina. En las esquinas son diseños de tela de araña y las imágenes de Pegasus. The focal point of the windows is a gorgon trapped in a whirlwind. The windows are simply spectacular.
Asbury Park Heating Plant
El edificio directamente a la izquierda del Casino es elPlanta de calefacción.Incluso este edificio completamente utilitaria fue hecho para ser estéticamente agradable. It is marked by bronze urns that once released steam. It even has a loggia that overlooks the canal, esta es la manera en que yo Sueño con ser hecho todos los edificios utilitarios. Camouflaged to fit the landscape. Estoy deseando renacimiento de este edificio.
En caso de que no lo sepa, I am a Jersey Girl. Although I was born in Colombia, I consider myself 100% Jersey (and you’d believe it too if you ever saw my childhood pictures, there was always a can of aquanet in my purse). Needless to say, The Stone Pony is an important place to me. This is where Bruce and Jon got their starts. It was a beer hall that at one point started allowing live music to be played. It went out of business and re-opened as a biker bar. En el '74 se convirtió en el potro de piedra. Se cerró un poco, pero volvió a abrir en 1992. Catch a show while you are in Asbury Park, nunca se sabe si se está viendo la historia está hecha.
I am a doggy guardian. Siempre voy a favorecer a un lugar que me permite relajarse con mi cuatro patas companion. Unlike snobby Cubacan (who was completely empty and had a huge outdoor area and declined to seat me – when every other restaurant on the boardwalk let us in with our dog), Wonder Bar sabe que la gente perros aman a gastar dinero y que vamos a ser leales a los que atienden a los caprichos de nuestro perrito. They set up a pool for your friends to cool off in the summer and even have hours for little pups only. This place is a total win!
Obtenga su fortuna leer al Señora Marie
Madam Marie is no longer there (she passed away in 2008), but what the heck. Madam Marie was the one who told Springsteen he would be famous. He also read the fortune of the likes of Woody Allen, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, Perry Como, Diane Keaton, and Elton John.
No se puede perder la playa. Like I said, Soy una especie de un snob del océano. Si no puedo ver a través del agua, no me va a coger allí. But the sand is clean, the sunrise is gorgeous, y es un gran lugar para hacer un picnic o conseguir un poco de acción física. Here’s some important stuff you need to know:
- Fees: Yes, there are fees to get on the beach. You can get a day pass for $5 on weekdays or $6 on weekends. Kids 12 and younger must be accompanied by adults, but their entry is free. If you are spending some time there, grab a season pass at $70 for adults or $20 for ages 13-17. Los jubilados pagan solo $5 (if you ask me, they should be free).
- Lifeguards: Hay fuertes corrientes de resaca en las aguas de Asbury Park, a fin de escuchar sus consejos. Salvavidas están en servicio en Asbury Park desde 09 a.m.-6 p.m. en 1st Ave, 3rd and 4th Ave, 5th Ave, Sunset Beach, 7th Ave and 8th Ave.
- Doggy Beach: During the “season” dogs can have fun at the 8th avenue beach only.
Sunset Lake Park & Bridge
Talk about a gorgeous park. Si usted está en las aves, go there. There are different types of herons, ducks, you name it. You may run into a homeless person or two, pero es probable que ni siquiera se preocupan de que usted está allí.
Stephen Crane, autor de "La roja insignia del valor" vivido en 508 Fourth Avenue in Asbury Park. La casa alberga literaria, musical, film and cultural programs. Makes for a nice history lesson for the kids (or dorky adults like me).
Love Plants vs. Zombies, or 28 Days Later…then you’ll love this. Miles de personas se visten como zombis con el cerebro de comer y desfile a lo largo del paseo marítimo de Asbury Park. They also give blood to the Central Jersey Blood Center (these are some nice zombies). Super divertido evento.
COMO LLEGAR A Asbury Park
- Car: Take the NJ Parkway to exit 102. Hop on Rt 66-Asbury Avenue into Asbury Park. Follow Asbury Avenue to the beach. It is about an hour and a half from either NYC or Philly.
- Trains: Take the North Jersey Coast Line from NYC to the Asbury Park Train Station. If coming in from Philly, take the Atlantic City Rail Line from Philly.
- Bus: NJ Transit has bus service from Philadelphia, Freehold, Long Branch, Red Bank, and Point Pleasant. I suggest you skip the bus & just take the train or drive.
Dónde alojarse en Asbury Park
Berkeley Hotel: It is a fine hotel. Rooms are modern, comfortable and clean. El hotel es agradable para perros, and it has a pool. Ask ahead of time if there are parties going on. La insonorización no es la mejor, so if you have loud drunk people on your floor, sleep will be an issue.
Airbnb: My first choice. $100 for a gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment that comes with bikes and amazing hosts. The apartment has a kitchen, so we saved money by making breakfast daily. Seriously, skip the hotels. Este Airbnb es el perro demasiado. Look for Laine, you will not regret it.
The Empress Hotel: If you want to party like a rock star, this is your spot. My rock star days are over…so have a couple of shots in my honor while I sleep tight at Laine’s place.
DONDE COMER en Asbury Park
Sorry AP, but you have a crappy dining scene. I know you are trying, y sé que es cada vez mejor, pero no he encontrado nada que realmente me enamoré. Esperar que toda la materia en el paseo marítimo a estar bien, edible, but of all the places I tried, nada era realmente excepcional. These are a few that we enjoyed (updated 2017):
Frank’s Deli: ¿Quieres su jamón de Taylor, egg & cheese sandwich. platos clásicos NJ.
El garaje del pop: Solid Mexican. gran maíz.
Tallula de pizza: Great crust, gran salsa.
I had an amazing time in Asbury Park. It is a lovely city with tons of stuff to do and a lot of history. Go, check it out and fall in love with the Jersey Shore.