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    Fine Art, Design to Live in Asbury Park Design Center



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    Eric Allen Cohen, the architect for the Asbury Park Design Center, unveiled a banner with his rendering of the center scheduled to open in the fall on Cookman Avenue.
    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI
    Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park will soon be home to what officials are calling the premier interior design center of the Jersey Shore.

    At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, city officials gathered with Robert Legere and Steve Troy of Legere Interior Design to reveal their plans for the three-story high Asbury Park Design Center.
    The center is located adjacent to Robert Legere Home.
    Joining Robert Legere Interior Design in the venture are Architectural Accents and Monteforte Construction of Long Branch and Asbury Electric.
    In his remarks Troy said each of the partners “will play a key role in making the design center a reality.”
    City Manager Terry Reidy commended the Planning Board for their determination and talent and for waiting until they saw a design they liked before granting approval.
    “We are blessed to have the talent on our planning board that we do,” Reidy said.
    He said Asbury Park holds one very important distinction that sets it apart from other places.
    “A very, very important distinction for Asbury Park is that many places are show places for art and design, but Asbury is one of the few places that creates design. We live, where we create. Art, music and design live here, they are not done and brought from some place else. That is the beauty of what is being created here today.”
    The design center is being touted as a place for designers, architects and “discerning” homeowners to come together, making the city the most successful center for design in Monmouth County.
    Troy said he believed the design center would attract customers from North Jersey as well as Manhattan.
    He added that many of his clients from the shore area have asked him and Legere to design their primary homes in North Jersey and Manhattan.
    They also designed the models for the Wesley Grove Condominiums currently being sold along Wesley Lake.
    “We essentially have an extension of our showroom a block away,” Troy said.
    Mostly glass, the building’s architecture is designed to “blend” into the neighborhood, according to one of the principals, Frank Monteforte.
    The design was the work of local architect Eric Allen Cohen, who has designed other Cookman Avenue storefronts.
    Cohen’s design was chosen after the efforts of two other architects failed to be approved by the city Planning Board.
    Planning Board Member Sara Anne Towry said both rejected plans were of post-modern design.
    “We did not like it,” said Towry. “We suggested, if you want to go modern, go modern, but not post modern.”
    Councilman John Loffredo read a proclamation declaring the new building the Asbury Park Design Center.
    He said, “We want people to think of Cookman Avenue as the design center of the Jersey Shore.”
    Jodie Shalonis, of Asbury Lighting, said the design center will allow her to showcase her merchandise in a “natural” atmosphere.
    “We have fixtures that are high tech and up and coming – we can display them in an atmosphere that’s not cluttered. They can see it in a kitchen or bathroom, not hanging with a lot of other fixtures,” she said.
    Monteforte, whose company is constructing the building, said it should be completed by September.
    The building is three stories high, with the third floor designated for a library of design resources where designers and clients will be able to convene to discuss decorating plans.
    “Other designers will have the use of our staff and library,” said Troy.
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    A blip in beachfront boom
    Esperanza halts condo construction
    By Nancy Shields • COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU • December 11, 2007

    ASBURY PARK — The Hoboken developer building the 224-unit Esperanza high-rise on the city's beachfront says it is temporarily closing down the construction site and sales office.
    Dean Geibel, president of Metro Homes, said the company recently informed the city that it was halting construction and sales "until such time market conditions allow us to move forward and successfully complete this important luxury beachfront development.
    "We are convinced that the national mortgage crisis now impacting real estate markets around the country represents a temporary setback, and we remain fully committed to Asbury Park and its rebirth," Geibel said in a telephone interview Monday.
    Geibel said there are sales contracts on about 70 of the condominium units in the two-tower building, which is three stories out of the ground and is being constructed on the site of the failed C-8 condominium project that dogged the city for 17 years until Metro Homes imploded the unfinished steel skeleton in the spring of 2006.
    Geibel said the money people put down on their units is being held in escrow. "It's too early to decide how they'll be impacted," he said.
    The Esperanza promised buyers beachfront homes with hotel amenities in an architectural design that evokes images of waves and ships.
    "I understand what they're going through, and I do not blame them," said City Councilman John Loffredo, who said that Metro Homes had told the city a couple of months ago that it might have to alter the design.
    Loffredo, who wants the Esperanza built as is, said redesigning it would mean starting over with the city's technical review committee and Planning Board to get a new project approved.
    Metro Homes' decision comes as Madison Marquette, the national retail developer, has formed a joint venture with master developer Asbury Partners and is restoring and renovating the Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall, the Casino, the Power Plant and boardwalk pavilions.

    Upbeat outlook
    City Manager Terence Reidy said he talked to about 50 investors at a luncheon Monday at the Market In The Middle restaurant downtown.
    "I feel badly about this hiccup with Metro Homes. Dean has come to us and said he's regrouping. This is a good time to do it, in light of winter and the market. I think it's a positive strategic move for Dean. . . . We'll be there and work with him every step of the way."
    "I think what is so significant about Asbury Park is a solid stream of people coming in to fix up homes, starting businesses," Reidy added. "The foundation is so strong in this city now that it's not built on one person, one developer, one project. . . . It's literally built on thousands of people who are coming in saying, "This is where I want to live.' "
    Bob Davis, president of the Rumson-Fair Haven Bank, which plans to open a fourth branch to be known as the Asbury Park Community Bank in the city's downtown next April, said he did not think the news about Metro temporarily closing down affected his bank's project.
    Local businessman Steve Troy, who is on the city's Planning Board and a leader in the Chamber of Commerce, did not like the news that Metro is shutting down, saying it is happening at a time when the city's revival seems to be particularly successful.
    "This (Metro Homes) really is more a statement about the turmoil in the real estate market than the future of Asbury Park," Troy said.
    Deputy Mayor Jim Bruno said he found out about Metro Homes' decision on Friday.
    "They have to regroup, may have to downsize it, refinance it," Bruno said. "I guess they're not going to have enough money to finish this project. It won't be as high-end as they thought it would be."

    South end slowdown
    With the site between Third and Fourth avenues closing down, it will mean that only Paramount Homes is still building on the waterfront north of the newly reopened and renamed Berkeley Hotel.
    Earlier this year, Kushner Cos. made significant changes in its housing investments, and its affiliated company, Westminster Communities, halted going forward on its second block at the south end of Asbury Park next to Wesley Lake. Westminster opened a new sales office at its existing site of townhomes and condominium flats to sell those units already built.
    Larry Fishman, chief operating officer of Asbury Partners, the master developer that bought up the waterfront and sold off parcels to individual developers, said Monday that a number of companies, including Madison Marquette, are interested in buying out Westminster's real estate interests.
    Gary Mottola, Madison Marquette's president of investments, could not be reached for comment.
    "Asbury Partners is very sad that the current financing and real estate market has caused Metro to suspend construction on the Esperanza," Fishman said.
    "It's a great building in a fabulous location," he added. "Reported sales were going well in terms of pre-sales and prices despite an overall negative market. We are hopeful Metro will be able to start construction soon or sell to another developer."
    Fishman said the building was designed three years ago and Metro may require certain modifications that affect both the marketability and profitability.
    Fishman said he could not comment if his company could decrease the amount of money it is slated to make as the master developer on the Esperanza.
    Geibel said Metro Homes is not stopping construction or sales or any of its other projects, including the huge Trump Plaza Jersey City condominium project. Metro and partner Donald Trump are the builders.
    "There are some adjustments that have to be made," Reidy, the city manager, said. "We don't live in a static environment; we live in a world that is in flux. I think Metro Homes is a solid organization and I think they have a very positive vision. We'll work together."


    The Esperanza's skeleton rises behind a sign advertising the luxury condominium units between Third and Fourth avenues.

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    City leaders seek revival of 'the other' Asbury Park

    Monday, February 25, 2008
    BY MARYANN SPOTO
    Star-Ledger Staff

    Growing up in Asbury Park, Laura Henry remembers the vitality of the city's West Side, with working-class residents taking pride in their mom-and-pop businesses.

    Also burned into her memories are four days of rioting that in 1970 left the area's commercial district in smoldering ruin, causing an exodus of homeowners and the beginning of the city's downturn.

    Nearly four decades later, Asbury Park has slowly begun to reclaim its place as a destination city. Property values along the oceanfront have soared, and long-empty businesses along Main Street are filled with antique stores and trendy restaurants.

    But the West Side, the other Asbury Park, has remained mired in crime with only the faintest of movement. Over the years, 14 major makeovers have been proposed for the area, literally the other side of the tracks from the more desirable oceanfront.

    None has come to fruition, and the neighborhoods remain impoverished and troubled.

    "The residents of the West Side are discouraged. They think all the attention is being given to the people who have money," said Henry, director of Just Be Cuz, a nonprofit group helping the poor on the West Side. "It seems like the powers that be determined they weren't going to invest in that part of town so they concentrated on the East Side."

    Now, city leaders are promising a new day and a concerted effort to remake the West Side.

    The new Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Plan could make things happen more quickly, said Councilman John Loffredo, whose father worked in a West Side meat market before the riots.

    "I want to see an active, vibrant community. I want to see businesses back and decent affordable housing built," he said. "The West Side is a key piece. The more prosperous our residents are, the more prosperous our city is."

    The city has identified a number of vacant or underutilized lots and has requested proposals from developers with an eye toward retail businesses that would serve the needs of those in the community and anything that would create jobs. Rental and owner-occupied homes also would be encouraged.

    Unlike the oceanfront, where large parcels allowed for a master developer, the city is throwing the West Side open to smaller developers and hoping good ideas come of it.

    It won't necessarily be an easy sell.


    FALSE STARTS

    Gun violence and street drug dealing have crept into the West Side along the Neptune border, with sprawling public housing projects and run-down or vacant houses a common sight. The median annual income is $26,000.

    Traditionally, the neighborhood was home to the workers who manned businesses on the oceanfront catering to tourists and more wealthy residents.

    The West Side riots eventually dragged the entire city down, with Asbury Park joining the state's other major cities in decline. A major redevelopment project focused on the oceanfront fell apart in the 1980s, leaving skeletons of buildings as a testament to failure.

    On the West Side, meanwhile, attempts to rebuild Springwood Avenue met a similar fate. The strip had an unfinished housing project, scores of vacant parcels of land and small businesses barely clinging to life.


    "For 35 years, since the civil disturbances of 1970, there have been a lot of people who put together plans and went out to the community and asked the community 'What is it you need to have happen here?' but not much has happened," said Paul McEvily, associate executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Neighbors.

    His Asbury Park-based organization, which provides meals, rental assistance and affordable housing to Monmouth County residents, contributed to the Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Plan and has been slowly doing its part to rebuild the area.

    Interfaith Neighbors is building its eighth home for low-income families on the West Side, an effort it has worked on for more than a decade. And there have been other small signs of life, the conversion of a warehouse into condominiums at First and Langford avenues, for example.

    "There are already investments being made on the West Side, but it's on a scale that's at the other end of the spectrum from what's going on on the oceanfront. It's lot by lot," McEvily said.

    City Manager Terence Reidy said the city never expected the good fortunes of the East Side to be enough to lift up the West Side.

    He said officials believed the area needed its own community-driven redevelopment plan.

    "It wasn't a trickle-down economic theory," he said. "You have to design development for the part of the city you're looking to assist."

    With the recent adoption of the Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Plan, some projects can get underway quickly, he said.

    "There are enough projects moving forward immediately that people will begin to say, "Wow, There's something happening over there."


    Maryann Spoto may be reached at mspoto@starledger.com.

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    March 6, 2008


    Hotel was historic, now it's just history
    By NANCY SHIELDS
    COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU



    With the long-neglected century-old Metropolitan Hotel now razed, city officials are expected to keep their options open for at least a little while on what might take its place.

    Demolition started this past week, and the bulk of the decayed white classic structure at 309 Asbury Ave. was knocked down Wednesday. The 180-unit hotel-annex complex had sat empty and ignored since 1987 and last fall was determined to be an imminent hazard.

    Donald Cresitello, the mayor of Morristown, who purchased the hotel in 1993, had been seeking to raze it last year.

    The city approved that demolition request at first, but then pulled back because the building had been designated to be preserved or rehabilitated. Cresitello tried again, providing the city with a structural engineering report that said the hotel needed to be razed.

    Robert Corby, the city's building construction official, agreed last fall, but demolition was held up until asbestos issues could be cleared up.

    ""I just think it's a shame, because the glory days of the great hotels in Asbury are coming to an end, and what's going to replace them?'' said Don Stine, a trustee of the Asbury Park Historical Society, which had sought to save the building.

    ""Residential units are fine, but this is still the Jersey Shore, and people want to visit here and spend time here,'' Stine added. ""Where are they going to stay once these grand hotels are destroyed?''

    ""We've been working to see if we could find someone to save the building, talking to different developers, but it didn't come to pass,'' City Manager Terence Reidy said Wednesday.

    The site had been earmarked for a hotel, whether restored or new, and the city Planning Board has recommended building a new hotel. Donald Sammet, the city's director of planning and redevelopment, is recommending four possibilities to the City
    Council, which is expected to keep its options open for now.

    The choices are a new hotel, multiple family housing up to four stories, attached single-family townhouses or parkland for playgrounds or handball or tennis courts, officials said. The site is not part of the prime renewal area of the waterfront plan; it's in an area listed as in need of rehabilitation.

    Currently there are two hotels on the beachfront, the Berkeley and the Empress, and a high-rise hotel is planned in the vicinity of the former Palace Amusements by Wesley Lake.

    The Metropolitan Hotel closed in 1987 when Martin and Sylvia Weinblatt, whose family had owned it since 1945, sold it for $2.25 million to Jersey City developers Karim and Gomaa el-Said, who at the time also were investing in Long Branch.

    The Weinblatts had lived at the hotel, operating it as a family-oriented, mostly seasonal business, and considered trying to convert it to a year-round senior citizen residence, but then decided to sell.

    The el-Saids showed up at a time when Asbury Park had just begun a massive waterfront redevelopment project, a plan that would soon fall apart.


    Bankruptcy

    The new owners planned to keep the Metropolitan a hotel, but a year later, in 1988, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Their bank, American Savings and Loan, took over the hotel, trying to sell it for $2 million.

    By 1992, a Texas developer had contracted to buy the hotel from the bank for $600,000 and convert the building into senior citizen apartments. The developer, Carpenter Property Management Inc., never received financing for the deal.

    The bank eventually sold the Metropolitan in June 1993 for $10,150 to a company, 309 Park Corp., which sold it the next month to Cresitello's company for $150,000, according to city records.

    Cresitello wanted to convert the hotel into a congregate care facility or a housing project of one-bedroom apartments and efficiencies for middle-income residents or the elderly.

    But Cresitello and city officials clashed when the developer sought to open the 40-unit annex at the hotel as a daily or weekly motel to get cash flow while moving forward with the larger plans.

    Neighborhood residents at the time said they feared Cresitello would create a welfare motel. He was not allowed to use the annex and never developed the property.

    In 2001, Carter Sackman, a New York developer that specializes in historic preservation and that saved the downtown Steinbach building, had a contract to purchase the Metropolitan. That plan did not go through.

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    The Casino in Asbury Park, N.J., never housed gambling but did have a carousel and a roller rink. A flea market was there in the 1990s. Now it symbolizes the city?s decline.

    By Lisa Kyle for USA TODAY
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    EnlargeBy Lisa Kyle , for USA TODAYBusiness owner Marilyn Schlossbach says she's accustomed to getting through tough times.



    By Rick Hampson, USA TODAY
    ASBURY PARK, N.J. — For 15 years, it stood as a rusting, 12-story mockery of this faded shore resort's revival dream. But on April 29, 2006, that would end. The skeleton of the condominium tower that was supposed to spur waterfront renewal, yet foundered on recession and lingered in bankruptcy, would implode.
    It was a celebration. By 7 a.m. 1,500 people had gathered on the oceanfront, some with lattes, others Bloody Marys. When a city councilman pushed the detonator and the steel frame collapsed, the crowd roared. "Like the storming of the Bastille," recalls Terry Reidy, the city manager.

    PHOTO GALLERY: Development challenged by recession
    The future seemed assured, because on the same lot a new developer was ready to start work on a 16-story luxury condo tower. It was part of another redevelopment plan for a waterfront of homes, shops, restaurants, clubs. And, through that waterfront, for a city reborn.
    Three years later, the concrete stub of the new tower sits unfinished on the same lot — one of many such projects around the nation that the recession has stalled, altered or endangered.
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    It's unclear when construction on the tower will resume, or when life will come to the vacant fields and parking lots around it.
    Rarely has land of such potential value sat so empty for so long, says Donald Moliver, a real estate expert at nearby Monmouth University. It helped make Asbury Park one of the New Jersey's poorest cities — dependent on the state for one-quarter of its municipal budget — and the pariah of the Jersey Shore.
    Americans know this as the boardwalk amusement town where Bruce Springsteen found his voice and vision four decades ago. Now, many Americans can see in Asbury's question their own as well: Is the recession the end of our dream, or a chance to dream a better one?
    Since World War II, a recession has come to seem like a sort of economic timeout, a mere interruption in the march of progress. But hard times can change history and kill dreams. Some will revive when the economy does; some won't.
    • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to transform Coney Island with a 27-acre district of new homes, hotels and amusements — rides, arcades, freak shows — awaits the recovery of the housing and credit markets. The mayor says his plan would "breathe new life into a treasure that's been in decline for decades."
    • Funding has fallen through for a $350 million complex of offices, shops and homes in financially strapped Pontiac, Mich., leaving an unsightly collection of unfinished parking garages, theaters and other buildings. The project was more than half leased when construction stopped in November.
    • Blaming the economy, medical equipment heiress Pat Stryker has shelved her foundation's plan to begin work on a 2,500-seat performance amphitheater in the Old Town section of Fort Collins, Colo. The venue was designed to bring people to the neighborhood and bolster the city's cultural scene.
    And then there's Asbury Park, desperate for a fresh start. Springsteen's first albums celebrated the city's seedy vitality: In a send-up of tourism past, he entitled his first, in 1973, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Decades later, he wrote a different kind of song about the place that gave him his start. He called it My City of Ruins.
    A promised land
    The city that became famous for honky-tonk entertainment was founded in 1871 and named after the first U.S. bishop of the Methodist Church, a movement whose founder condemned "vain and demoralizing amusements."
    The new resort had a mile-long beach and avenues that flared out as they approached the water, affording excellent sea views. It became a year-round community, with a downtown business district and fine single-family houses.
    But after World War II, everything conspired against the city. The Garden State Parkway opened in the mid-1950s, allowing access to other spots on the shore. A mall opened in a neighboring communityin 1960, luring downtown shoppers. A race riot in 1970 scared away much of the white middle class. Patients released from nearby state mental hospitals flooded the old hotels and rooming houses.
    Asbury Park sealed its own fate over the years with corrupt and inept governance, says Tom Gilmour, the city's economic development director. "There was no reinvestment in the city," he says. "They just let it slide."
    Decline had one positive effect. Low land values and lax law enforcement meant cheaper rents for musicians and lots of bars in which to play. The result was the music scene that produced Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and a Shore sound that eventually provided a seed for Asbury's rebirth.
    Yet by the early 1980s, as Springsteen would recall, the city "started to close down." The Ferris wheel and the carousel were sold off.
    The city eventually adopted a redevelopment plan, and the 12-story condo tower began to rise in 1989. Then work stopped in 1991, and tortuous bankruptcy litigation kept the site in limbo until 2006.
    No one planned for the city's single ray of hope: the renovation of its gracious homes by gay out-of-towners who weren't put off by its reputation for unsafe streets and bad schools.
    The new century brought a new waterfront development plan, including a new condo tower. The developer wanted to call it "The Rising," after a Springsteen song. When Springsteen objected, a $10,000 savings bond was offered to the student who came up with the best name. The winner was "Esperanza," Spanish for hope.
    Before the Esperanza had risen three stories, almost one-third of its units were spoken for. Then, two days after a penthouse went for $2.45 million — a city record — the developer announced that because of the mortgage crisis, work would stop indefinitely.
    That was December 2007 — the official beginning, as it turned out, of the recession.
    Hard times, good times
    This year's Fourth of July parade and fireworks — a tradition commemorated in Springsteen's 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)— had to be financed out of rainy day funds. Contributions from businesses had dried up.
    Some worry what the recession will do to plans for the waterfront. Gilmour, the city development official, says he hears the rumors: Banks are foreclosing. Developers are pulling out. The Esperanza site is cursed — an Indian burial ground, according to one nervous joke.
    Gary Mottola, president of the Washington-based development company that has revived the boardwalk, is reassuring: "This doesn't feel like a recession. There's almost a euphoria here."
    The boardwalk, rebuilt four years ago, is jammed on weekends with people from New York, Philadelphia, all over Jersey, and most of its 40 businesses — up from zero a few years ago — report solid sales. On the Fourth of July weekend alone, the city sold $52,000 worth of beach passes, compared with $35,000 worth in all of 2002.
    Many of the new visitors are really old ones — former residents or people who remember coming for their first rock show or carousel ride or dip in the ocean. "People have a soft spot for Asbury Park," Mottola says. "They're rooting for it to come back."
    Marilyn Schlossbach, who runs a surf shop and two restaurants on the boardwalk, says the city will make it in part because "we're kind of used to recession here. We've been through so much over the years, nothing much fazes us."
    'Take a deep breath'
    Many people here insist the recession is a time to refocus a civic revival dream that's almost a decade old. Already, the drop in home sales and prices has reduced the speculation that left some houses empty for months until absentee owners resold them at a profit. "People are buying to settle," says the Rev. David Stout of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    Brigitte Cali, a 30-year-old waitress, was able to buy a big third-floor loft with a balcony three blocks from the ocean for $175,000. She says she could never have afforded it a few years ago, when the price might have been almost $100,000 higher. "This is the only place on the shore where I could be this close to the water," she says.
    Stout says he sees a change in attitude since the bubble burst: "It's less about the individual, more about the community. It's not all 'bigger, better, more.' That's the thing about a small community in tough times — you're forced to come together."
    As for the waterfront, City Manager Terry Reidy says it's "time to take a deep breath and see where we're going." Like most officials, he says the redevelopment plan should be amended to allow developers to build less expensively, in smaller increments, "to keep our momentum going."
    There's a consensus that as Asbury changes, it must not lose its funky, eccentric side. That means keeping its diversity and its music.
    David Parreott, 75, is a retired police officer and minister who lives in the house where he was born just off Springwood Avenue, whose empty lots are reminders of the riots 39 years ago that ravaged the city's poor, largely African-American West Side.
    He says that until Springwood comes back, the city has not come back.
    "There has to be development of the waterfront, because that will support development on Springwood," he says. "I hope I live to see it."
    Lance Larson, 56, is a veteran rock musician who helps run the Wonder Bar, a music club. In the '70s he tended bar at the Student Prince, where for a $1 cover you could hear Springsteen five nights a week. The red baseball cap in Springsteen's back pocket on the cover of the 1984 album Born in the U.S.A. is Larson's.
    Larson grabs a list of summer concerts in the city and jabs his finger at the names, which include Peter Frampton, the Pretenders and an array of up-and-comers. "That's Asbury coming back!" he exclaims. "Without the music, this is just another shore town."
    No one knows the future of Asbury Park's dream, except possibly the successor to the late Madame Marie, the boardwalk fortuneteller whom Springsteen says in 4th of July, Asbury Park was busted by the cops "for telling fortunes better than they do."
    Lisa Castello identifies herself as Marie's 23-year-old granddaughter. She's sitting in Marie's old concrete booth. "The future of the city looks good. It's an up-and-coming place," she reports.
    Asked whether her forecast is based on astrology or economics, she looks out to where the waves are breaking on the beach — away from the stalled construction site across the street.
    "Both," she replies.
    •Contributing: Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press; Trevor Hughes, Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan
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    StenchofaLiberal (37 friends, send message) wrote: 9m ago
    Asbury Park has been a s$$$t hole for almost thirty years and will remain that way as long as we continue to allow corrupt politicians and gang bangers to run the city....


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    Cat-Lover (38 friends, send message) wrote: 11m ago
    I grew up in Brooklyn and went to Asbury Park a few times with my friends. I hated the place.


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    phayburn (0 friends, send message) wrote: 16m ago
    The best thing of Asbury Park is the Stone Pony. They have outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Awesome shows, I saw Bloc Party perform there 2 or 3 years back.


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    GeilsRocks (0 friends, send message) wrote: 21m ago
    Asbury Park was not Disneyland before the recession and will not be Disneyland after it ends. When the recession hit it only doubled or tripled the problems places like this already had. I imagine the people in this region read this article and wonder why it wasn't written years ago. Good luck to everyone in that area, Asbury Park needs to survive.


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    jerseyboy (0 friends, send message) wrote: 37m ago
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    jerseyboy (0 friends, send message) wrote: 39m ago
    welcome to the world of president o-dumb-er and vice president dumber-yet,

    this is just the beginning of the fall of the greatest country in the world as are leaders steal whats left of our wealth

    and they now want private jets to cruise around in.

    you dumb-a&&&&&& voters deserve the loss of everything, YOU FRIGGING VOTED FOR IT

    ENJOY


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    crf0031 (0 friends, send message) wrote: 46m ago
    Springsteen tainted it with all of his left wing, irrational rants. His songs were removed from my mp3 player and the cds tossed, and he is ditched when he comes on my xm radio.

    Him and his liberal buddies should fire their tax advisors and pay 75% of their income in bail out NJ, they may have to get used to that tax rate.

    Do you think the Barry O backers will have to pay the same taxes as the conservatives? I doubt Oprah pays here fair share.


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    frieswiththat (25 friends, send message) wrote: 53m ago
    Asbury Park's rising has been blocked for a very long time by inept and corrupt politicians, not the recession.



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    ALBERT de (0 friends, send message) wrote: 54m ago
    ASBURY PARK BRINGS BACK MEMORIES WHILE STATIONED AT FORT MONMOUTH IN 1951 AS A YOUNG GI WE HIT THE BEACH EVERY WEEK END. WE WOULD MEET ALL THE GIRLS THAT WOULD COME DOWN FROM N.Y. AT THAT TIME ASBURY WAS A QUAINT OLD FASHION TOWN WITH ALL THE 1900 GINGER BREAD HOUSES WITH GREEN LAWNS AND LOTS OF FLOWERS GROWING IN POTS ON THE PORCHES


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    TheStrait (0 friends, send message) wrote: 55m ago
    Yeah, it's all Springsteen's fault that Asbury Park has fallen into hard times.....he likes the President....therefore he's caused the city's downfall. Right. And Stevie Wonder is responsible for Detroit's demise. I visited Asbury Park in the early 80's and found it charming, beautiful, and serene. Progress can be a double-edged sword. I hope they don't try to "fix" Asbury Park by tearing down the old buildings and putting up new, un-original tourist traps. Keep it real.


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    OMG you seriously need to learn how to edit a cut and paste.

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    Default greetings from asbury park, nj

    girls tease your hair up & boys grease it down, we’re going to the jersey shore for memorial day weekend, specifically asbury park, an 1870’s resort town with more ups & downs during its history than an oceanfront roller coaster. thankfully, its on an up again!

    asbury park, nj (pop=17,930; size=1.3 sq mi; density=14,290.0/sq mi.; racial makeup= 15.77% White, 67.11% Black, 0.32% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 6.49% from other races, and 5.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.58% of the population).
    http://www.cityofasburypark.com/


    the carousel, the casino & the power station anchor the southern end of the AP boardwalk


    the casino (the actual casino was out over the beach & recently torn down, this is the walkway)
    http://www.beyondthepalace.com/newjersey/casino.html
    2006-ish pre-teardown shots of the oceanside casino section itself


    back in the day -- very grand!!!

    http://monmouthdailyphoto.wordpress..../06/13/casino/















    the carousel building (1923-1980‘s) -- could use its carousel back!?



    the power station

    asbury lanes
    http://www.asburylanes.com/index.htm

    the baronet




    the fastlane -- early springsteen, later bon jovi basically started here as the house band

    the fastlane in 2000

    AP4life -- young bon jovi & bruce together at the fastlane in 1980

    the paramount theater at the convention hall (1927)
    http://apboardwalk.com/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramou...er_Asbury_Park





    the convention hall
    “a multi-purpose venue of two separate buildings joined by a Grand Arcade.”









    beachside outside the convention center, now the beach club







    s.s.morro castle disaster memorial
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Morro_Castle_(1930)




    the wonder bar
    http://www.wonderbarasburypark.com/





    hope yr feelin better rawk guy!



    the berkeley-carteret hotel (1923)
    http://www.berkeleyhotelnj.com/


    the 1950’s-era empress hotel, owned by 80’s super remixer producer shep pettibone
    http://www.asburyempress.com/




    the stone pony, long one of the most famous rock clubs in the usa
    http://www.stoneponyonline.com/





    school of rock at the stone pony
    http://www.schoolofrock.com/index.php







    symbol of 90’s corruption -- abandoned eyesore in the middle of ocean ave

    no more amusement rides, but lots of very recent new stuff along the boardwalk
    http://apboardwalk.com/







    silverball pinball museum = 100% awesome!!
    http://silverballmuseum.com/


    memorial day wkend




    jersey shore !!!

    madame marie’s -- she died recently, but her iconic boardwalk shop lives on:
    Marie Castello (May 25, 1915 – June 27, 2008), who was known as Madam Marie, was an American fortune teller and psychic reader who worked on the Asbury Park, New Jersey, boardwalk from 1932 until 2008. Madam Marie was the longest running tenant on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Castello was a fixture in Asbury Park for decades, telling fortunes on and off at her tiny booth on the boardwalk which is nicknamed The Temple of Knowledge. She read the fortunes of celebrities ranging from Judy Garland to Bruce Springsteen. Castello reportedly told Springsteen that he would be a huge success. Springsteen later jokes that she told all her musician clients the same thing.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/...in630363.shtml

    somewhere she lost an ‘e’ since the 70’s

    easy & cheap -- ‘pop-up shop’ metal beach shacks…northern ohio beaches? bueller?


    classic beachfront googie-era howard johnson’s. now mcloone’s
    http://www.timmcloonessupperclub.com/index.php



    time out for historic boardwalk postcards

    former montery hotel

    more:
    http://www.asburyboardwalk.com/cards/c1.html
    the beach







    north of the convention center













    downtown, cookman ave, main st, etc.




















    the roll gate used to be the entrance to the upstage club
    http://www.beyondthepalace.com/newjersey/upstage.html


    and thx to one of AP’s many declines…the upstage is still there!
    step inside & take a video tour!
    http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/200...sbury_par.html


    “beyond the palace” -- sadly, my very favorite AP rundown/awesome beachy structure,
    palace amusements, was torn down in 2004 for generic condos:
    http://www.palaceamusements.com/

    at least “tillie” was saved -- he’s in storage for now

    shots from the 80’s
    http://www.beyondthepalace.com/newje...sburypark.html
    ap nj transit station -- north jersey coast line
    http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0080.pdf


    *** that’s all from a beach day in AP, it’s an ongoing comeback story in progress***

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    Asbury Park was kind of fun when it was trashy. Downtown used to be almost completely deserted with just a few businesses.

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    I love Asbury Park... there's an existing thread with lots of information in it, could the mods please merge these two?

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    Excellent update, meesa. The carousel, casino, and power station need to be restored pronto.

    arcman, I agree with the merge, but I think I like the name of this thread better, so I kept that.

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    Excellent. Glad to see Asbury's well on its way back (Long Branch is already there. You wouldn't believe it's the same town). Is the last pic the final product of that stalled hotel project, where the concrete shell sat there abandoned for years? Where McLoone's is now, back in the day Howard Johnson's used to have a spiral walkway leading from the upstairs hotel rooms down to the boardwalk. Looks like they still have it. May pass thru there this weekend. Looks like you had a beautiful day. Good pics.

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    Wow, I haven't been to Asbury Park in decades. It's looks WAAAY better in these pics than what I saw years ago. Good stuff.

    Oh yeah, LOL at those parrots crapping on those two guys' backs!

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    Went back the other day....some New Condos went up...a few new sites have broken ground

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    Default Miami Arch Firm Doing AP Design Opens Manhattan Office

    A sign that the rental boom is now morphing into a condo boom? Speaking of which, has much taken place in Asbury Park in terms of rental development? Did Esperanza ever restart construction?

    From The Real Deal:


    Miami-based architecture firm Oppenheim opens Soho outpost


    Firm is designing iStar’s residential project in NJ and others
    July 17, 2015 04:04PM
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    From left: Chad Oppenheim and renderings of Williamsburg Hotel and 514 Eleventh Avenue (credit: Oppenheim)

    Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture is planting a flag in New York City to satisfy a growing client base throughout the Northeast.

    Known for dramatic and nature-inspired designs, Oppenheim is currently operating out of WeWork’s space at 175 Varick Street, the firm told The Real Deal.

    “We are thrilled to establish a New York City office to better meet the needs of our clients in and around the area and to build to a strong foothold in the market,” Chad Oppenheim, the firm’s principal and lead designer, said in a statement.

    Founded in 1999, the architecture, interior design and planning firm also has an office in Basel, Switzerland. Notable projects include the Wadi Rum Desert Resort in Jordan, which has 72 guests lodges, as well as Net Lima and Net Park, office and retail towers in the Philippines. Oppenheim also designed movie director Michael Bay’s 30,000-square-foot villa in Bel Air.

    In the tri-state area, Oppenheim is designing iStar Financial’s Monroe Condominium, a 34-unit development in Asbury Park, N.J.

    Several New York City projects may soon be on the horizon, Oppenheim said.

    The firm submitted designs for Silverstein Properties’ 1.6 million mixed-use development at 514 Eleventh Avenue on the Far West Side, and it says it won a competition to design a new Williamsburg Hotel at 175 Broadway, adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.
    Juan Lopez will run the New York office as studio leader.

    Tags: architecture, nyc development, silverstein properties

    - See more at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/07/....KD5DWbIR.dpuf




    Link:
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