February 2012


Sandy Hook Lighthouse!

Sometimes, if you time your trip to Sandy Hook just right, you can take a tour of the lighthouse!

Based on notes I took when I did the tour in 2009, this is the same Fresnel lens that they installed in the 1850s (right around when they switched from oil to kerosene). About 50 years later, right around the turn of the century, they switched from kerosene to an incandescent bulb, and I *think* Sandy Hook was the first lighthouse to implement such a modern bulb.

If that’s true, isn’t it neat?

Paramount Theater by sunset

Just the Asbury Park Paramount Theater by sunset.

Everything looks good with a sunset behind it.

What was left of the Manchester Inn

Ocean Grove’s Manchester Inn was a landmark of the town until it burned down in winter 2010. I was in Chicago at the time, but my parents called to tell me the news, and they mailed me some newspaper clippings about the story. It was a Big Deal.

This is what was left of it by July 2010. I think they’ve cleaned it up better by now, and I’m told there might be new construction starting soon.