Asbury Park Reborn: Lost to Time and Restored to Glory

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Asbury Park’s diverse array of landmarks creates an unforgettable impression of this legendary seaside city. They tell the story of its past, present and even future. The elegant, Art Deco–inspired Convention Hall captures the resort’s glittering heyday in the 1920s and ’30s, while structures like the Upstage seem to echo with the voices of aspiring musicians like Bruce Springsteen when they played at intimate venues, defining Asbury’s world-renowned music scene. As the city forges ahead with ambitious ...
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Overview

Asbury Park’s diverse array of landmarks creates an unforgettable impression of this legendary seaside city. They tell the story of its past, present and even future. The elegant, Art Deco–inspired Convention Hall captures the resort’s glittering heyday in the 1920s and ’30s, while structures like the Upstage seem to echo with the voices of aspiring musicians like Bruce Springsteen when they played at intimate venues, defining Asbury’s world-renowned music scene. As the city forges ahead with ambitious redevelopment plans, many neglected buildings have been rehabilitated, but others continue to deteriorate, despite a groundswell of public opposition. From opulent movie houses to down-and-dirty rock-and-roll clubs, these landmarks trace the evolution of Asbury Park from a tiny nineteenth-century resort town to the world-famous playground of today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609496807
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,374,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph G. Bilby is the author or editor of more than 300 articles and fourteen books on New Jersey and military history. He is a trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, publications editor for its 150th Anniversary Committee and assistant curator of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey.

Harry Ziegler worked for many years at the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey’s second largest newspaper, rising from reporter to bureau chief, editor and managing editor of the paper. He is currently associate principal of Bishop George Ahr High School, Edison, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Sources and Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Tour 1 North Asbury

James A. Bradley Statue 13

Convention Hall and the Paramount Theater 19

The Berkeley-Carteret Hotel, Now the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel 27

Howard Johnson's Boardwalk Restaurant, Now Tim McLoone's Supper Club and Asbury Grille 33

The Stone Pony 39

Baronet Theater (Demolished) 43

Asbury Park Library 48

Tour 2 Downtown

Steinbach's Department Store, Now Old Man Rafferty's 55

The Byram Building, aka Post Office Building, now Fish Restaurant 61

Asbury Park Press Building 66

The Upstage 72

Asbury Park Armory/Harold Daley VFW Post 1333 77

Railroad Station 84

The Orchid Lounge (Demolished) 89

Tour 3 South Asbury

The Casino (Partially Demolished) 95

Mayfair Theater (Demolished) 103

Palace Amusements (Demolished) 107

Charms Building (Demolished) 114

The Civil War Soldier Monument 119

About the Authors 127

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