If you find yourself in New Jersey make sure you take the time to visit Asbury Park, NJ. Don’t expect to see what you watch on “The Jersey Shore”, none of that is going down in Asbury Park. Asbury is a small shore community that was THE PLACE TO BE in the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. The place was hit extremely hard by economic downturn sometime ago. The re-beautification of Asbury Park has been taking place for over ten years now and the place is looking great. I remember being a kid, going to punk shows at The Stone Pony (Bouncing Souls, BIGWIG, ETC) or seeing bigger acts at Convention Hall and the neighborhood was a much rougher place. Now the area has a ton of up and coming restaurants, night clubs and more. Whether winter or summer, it is worth exploring the area and seeing some of the amazing historical landmarks. Wander a bit by foot, see the town, eat the food and have a good time. If you are in the mood for a punk rock show hit up Asbury Lanes where you can bowl and mosh at the same time!
Image 1: Inside of the old abandones casino
Image 2: Sunset on the beach
Image 3: Brunch on the beach
Image 4: The old Asbury carousel
Image 5: Self portrait infront of the casino
Image 6: Convention Hall
Image 7: Convention Hall at night
Image 8: OBEY piece from All Tomorrow’s Parties
Image 9: Porta, the best pizza in town. Turns into a nightclub after 10PM on weekends.
Image 10: The Silverball Arcade. Pay $7 per 30 minutes to play as many vintage video games as you can!
Image 11: The world famous Stone Pony, home of the Boss!
Image 12: Waves breaking on the rock jetty infront of Convention Hall
Image 13: The famous Wonder Bar