Asbury Park


Rainbows keep dripping down the wall

In the Asbury Park Casino, where lots of murals have been painted in the last few years, there is a rainbow dripping down one of the exterior columns. It’s kind of horrible, and kind of beautiful. But you can decide for yourself.

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Paramount Theater by sunset

Just the Asbury Park Paramount Theater by sunset.

Everything looks good with a sunset behind it.

Octowoman mural in Asbury Park

In part of an ongoing effort to beautify Asbury Park, they painted some murals in and around the Asbury Park casino. I first saw the murals in spring/summer 2009 (which is when this was taken).

Any tasteful (TASTEFUL) painting with tentacles is okay by me.

The muralist at work!

In July 2010, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a muralist putting the finishing touches on a new mural by the Asbury Park casino.

I think I have photos of the exact wall before it was painted, but I’ll need to find them and re-upload them; I had all my black-and-white photos stored on Zooomr, which permanently went kaput without giving any warning.

Asbury Park Casino, fall 2011

Every time I go back to Asbury Park, the casino looks different. Above is how the Ocean Grove side of the casino looked in 2011…

Asbury Park Casino, summer 2007

…but THIS is how it looked four years ago, in 2007.

I originally posted that bottom photo here, and mentioned that there were some plans to recreate the beach side of the Casino.

Thus far, this has not happened.

Here’s what the ocean-side of the Casino looked like in early 2007 (click the photo for a link to its original post):
Asbury Park Casino, February 2007

…and here’s what it looked like in late 2011:
Beach side of the Asbury Park casino, September 2011

It’s interesting to watch this stuff happen over time.

brickwall

For those who have found this blog by Googling “Things to do in Monmouth County:” I am as clueless as you are. My main source of entertainment ’round here is wandering around with a camera, looking for interesting things to photograph.

Edit, January 2012: Check out Patch.com. There are event pages for Belmar & Manasquan, Eatontown & Tinton Falls, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Little Silver & Oceanport, Long Branch, Manalapan, Matawan-Aberdeen, Middletown, Point Pleasant, Red Bank & Shrewsbury, Rumson-Fair Haven, Toms River, and Wall. Even if your town doesn’t have its own Patch, check events for the nearest town; events for you could be listed there.

I use Patch.com a lot for my north Jersey excursions.

 

Here are some things I have done:

1. Bowling. (Often with bumpers for the second game, because I am just that spectacular.) I usually go to The Lanes at Sea Girt, but I’ve been to Memory Lanes in Shrewsbury, Shore Lanes in Neptune (which is on the Asbury Circle, which is not a fun circle to navigate), and Brunswick Bradley Beach Bowl (maybe that link will work if you have the latest version of Flash, which I don’t).

2. Bars (and/or restaurants, grills, etc. that serve liquor). Not so much fun here in suburbia ‘cos you have to drive home afterwards, so you really need to (ought to) watch yourself. Unless you have a designated driver, which no one wants to be. (The above photo was taken in the Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park.)

3. Coffee. Only really works if there’s only a small group of you, though.

4. Movies. Hey, it’s something.

5. The Datebook. Go find your local print copy of the Asbury Park Press and leaf through it until you find the Datebook, which takes up the bottom half of a page and is usually printed in red or blue ink. A lot of the stuff is craft sales and “square dancing for ‘kids’ 55 and over,” but it’s worth a look. I have been unable to locate the Datebook online; you do need an actual physical copy of the APP.

6. Go biking. All right, maybe it’s not a ‘Saturday night with the gang’ sort of activity, but it’s healthy. Bob Lucky reviews and photographs several Monmouth County bike paths, and many of the Monmouth County Parks are set up for that sort of thing.

7. Walk around. This sounds monumentally stupid, but if you have nothing better to do, give it a shot. Red Bank, Asbury Park, local parks, and anywhere with a boardwalk can be fun places to do this.

Speaking of Red Bank and Asbury Park, here are some official lists of what’s going on in various towns:
Asbury Park

Red Bank (see also the Count Basie Theater, Two River Theater Company, Improv Comedy Jam, and Red Bank Art Cinemas)

Also see Go Kids NJ, which sounds stupid, but you’re never too old to enjoy a boardwalk or a festival or an aquarium. You can search for specific towns.

pigeons

Pigeons in the Asbury Park Casino.

Rather than thinking something normal, like “Huh, we usually see more mourning doves than pigeons around here, ‘cos these parts aren’t too urban,” I keep thinking something more along the lines of “Bet those pigeons don’t speak Pidgin.”

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