My first encounter with Asbury Park was in high school. Il mio migliore amico e ho guidatodown 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, i locali notturni fatiscenti, e salirono a bordo case. Direi questo è accaduto intorno 1994/95 (and now you know how old I am). Nineteen years later, Asbury Park has become gay vacation mecca, il paradiso di un investitore immobiliare, 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.
Asbury Park Consigli per il viaggio
Asbury Park has a pretty interesting history. Erathe destination for the middle & upper middle class in the 20th Century, ma dopo le rivolte razziali degli anni '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, e la gente dimenticò la città a meno che non stavano ascoltando una canzone di Bruce Springsteen.
What is particularly nice about Asbury Park in its renaissance is that it is accepting of everyone. Unlike say, Hamptons dove la maggior parte tutti coloro che vacanze v'è bianca e benestante, 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. La splendida giostra è vuota con le finestre rotte e prive di cavalli colorati e creature del mare per portare sorrisi ai volti dei bambini. Ma Asbury Park è sulla buona strada per una rinascita completa. per esempio, 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). Lungo la passerella, 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, ma se stai cercando di prendere il sole, giocare un po 'di beach volley, or just enjoy the view, I think Asbury Park will definitely do the trick. Questo è particolarmente edificante in quanto la Jersey Shore è stato appena colpito da uragano Sandy, and it is great to see that Asbury Park was not greatly affected.
Da non perdere a Asbury Park
Asbury Park Convention Hall
It was originally supposed to be designed by one of my all-time favorite architectural firms: McKim, Mead, e bianco. Il problema era che James A. Bradley (the city founder) owned the land and he refused to sell it. When he died, è stato acquistato da Arthur Steinbach che demolito l'edificio che esisteva e costruito il Berkeley-Carteret hotel. Asbury Park was feeling the pressure to compete with NYC’s newly built Madison Square Garden (by McKim, Mead, and White), e di Atlantic City Convention Hall. By luck (or arsen), Berkeley-Carteret bruciata e il maggiore Hetrick ha preso la sua chance. 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. Se avete visto il film il pugile, 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. Il Cecelia sarebbe a casa in Williamsburg.
Asbury Park Carousel
Lo spazio che ospitava lacarouselè ora vuota e alcune delle finestre sono rotti. (If you’re interested, la giostra è al Family Kingdom Park a 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. Agli angoli sono ragno disegni e le immagini di Pegasus web. The focal point of the windows is a gorgon trapped in a whirlwind. The windows are simply spectacular.
Asbury Park Heating Plant
La costruzione direttamente alla sinistra del Casinò è ilRiscaldamento Plant.Anche questo edificio completamente utilitaria è stata fatta per essere esteticamente piacevole. It is marked by bronze urns that once released steam. It even has a loggia that overlooks the canal, questo è il mio modo di sogno edifici utilitari tutto essere fatto. Camouflaged to fit the landscape. Non vedo l'ora alla rinascita di questo edificio.
Nel caso in cui non lo sai, 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. Nel '74 divenne la Stone Pony. E 'chiuso per un po', ma riaperto nel 1992. Catch a show while you are in Asbury Park, non si sa mai se stai vedendo la storia compiuti.
I am a doggy guardian. Sarò sempre favorire un posto che mi permette di rilassarsi con i miei quattro zampe 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), il Wonder Bar sa che cane gente ama spendere soldi e che diventeranno fedeli a coloro che si rivolgono ai capricci del nostro Doggy. 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!
Ottieni il tuo Fortune Leggi a Madam 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.
Non si può perdere la spiaggia. Like I said, Sono un po 'snob un oceano. Se non riesco a vedere attraverso l'acqua, non mi cattura in là. But the sand is clean, the sunrise is gorgeous, ed è un luogo ideale per un pic-nic o di ottenere un po 'di azione fisica. 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. Anziani pagano solo $5 (if you ask me, they should be free).
- Lifeguards: Ci sono forti correnti di marea nelle acque di Asbury Park, così ascoltare i loro consigli. Bagnini sono in servizio a Asbury Park da 09:00-06:00 al 1 ° 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. Se siete in uccelli, go there. There are different types of herons, ducks, you name it. You may run into a homeless person or two, ma probabilmente non hanno nemmeno la cura che ci sei.
Stephen Crane, che ha creato "The Red Badge of Courage" vissuto 508 Fourth Avenue in Asbury Park. La casa ospita letterario, musical, film and cultural programs. Makes for a nice history lesson for the kids (or dorky adults like me).
Love Plants vs. Zombies, o 28 Days Later…then you’ll love this. Migliaia di persone si vestono come zombie cervello-mangiare e sfilano lungo la passeggiata Asbury Park. They also give blood to the Central Jersey Blood Center (these are some nice zombies). Evento Super divertimento.
COME ARRIVARE 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.
DOVE DORMIRE A Asbury Park
Berkeley Hotel: It is a fine hotel. Rooms are modern, comfortable and clean. L'hotel si trova dog-friendly, and it has a pool. Ask ahead of time if there are parties going on. L'isolamento acustico non è il migliore, 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. Questo Airbnb è dog-friendly troppo. 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.
Dove mangiare a Asbury Park
Sorry AP, but you have a crappy dining scene. I know you are trying, e so che è sempre meglio, ma non ho trovato nulla che mi sono innamorato di. Aspettatevi tutta la roba sul lungomare di essere bene, edible, but of all the places I tried, niente era davvero eccezionale. These are a few that we enjoyed (updated 2017):
Frank’s Deli: Si vuole il loro prosciutto Taylor, egg & cheese sandwich. tariffa Classic NJ.
Garage Pop: Solid Mexican. grande mais.
di Tallula Pizza: Great crust, ottima 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.