Asbury Park’s eclectic and adventurous history began when the developer James Bradley purchased the beachfront land in 1869.
A true visionary, Mr. Bradley created a boardwalk and built Victorian summer homes, with the goal of creating an “old world feel”. The creation of an electric trolley system made Asbury Park a true destination and by 1890 Asbury Park was a nationally renowned seaside resort.
Losing many historic buildings in the Nor’easter of 1923, Asbury Park survived and thrived throughout the 1930s when Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed at the still present Paramount theater. Notable for it’s considerable resilience, Asbury Park once again experienced a renaissance during the past 15 years after surviving the economic and social challenges of the post war era. Bruce Springsteen’s talented and heartfelt ballads brought notoriety to our fair city.
Today Asbury Park’s downtown and boardwalk are bristling with creative entrepreneurs new businesses, shops and galleries. The Stone Pony is still rockin’ and Asbury Park’s heartbeat is stronger than ever!
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Photograph by Natalie Markova