Asbury Park's Glory Days: The Story of an American Resort

Asbury Park's Glory Days: The Story of an American Resort

by Helen-Chantal Pike
     
 

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Long before Bruce Springsteen picked up a guitar; before Danny DeVito drove a taxi; before Jack Nicholson flew over the cuckoo's nest, Asbury Park was a seashore Shangri-La filled with shimmering odes to civic greatness, world-renowned baby parades, temples of retail, and atmospheric movie palaces. It was a magnet for tourists, a summer vacation mecca-to some

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Long before Bruce Springsteen picked up a guitar; before Danny DeVito drove a taxi; before Jack Nicholson flew over the cuckoo's nest, Asbury Park was a seashore Shangri-La filled with shimmering odes to civic greatness, world-renowned baby parades, temples of retail, and atmospheric movie palaces. It was a magnet for tourists, a summer vacation mecca-to some degree New Jersey's own Coney Island.

In Asbury Park's Glory Days, award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike chronicles the city's heyday-the ninety-year period between 1890 and 1980. Pike illuminates the historical conditions contributing to the town's cycle of booms and recessions. She investigates the factors that influenced these peaks, such as location, lodging, dining, nightlife, merchandising, and immigration, and how and why millions of people spent their leisure time within this one-square-mile boundary on the northern coast of the state. Pike also includes an epilogue describing recent attempts to resurrect this once-vibrant city.

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"In Asbury Park's Glory Days, award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike chronicles the city's heyday—the-ninety-year period between 1890 and 1980. Pike also includes an epilogue discribing recent attempts to resurrect this once-vibrant city."
New York Times
"Ms. Pike spares neither villain nor hero in her saga of her favorite resort. There are mobsters and stand-up clergymen; showgirls and shopkeepers; restaurateurs with class and the classy people who kept them in business. Most of all, there are the little stories told by just plain folks interspersed throughout Ms. Pike's historical narrative."
Princeton Packet

"In Asbury Park's Glory Days, award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike chronicles the city's heyday—the-ninety-year period between 1890 and 1980. Pike also includes an epilogue discribing recent attempts to resurrect this once-vibrant city."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813540870
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Rivergate
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
760,459
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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