I remember the baby parade of 1934,
my sister Nan was in it. I remember the Morro
Castle, the boardwalk collapse, and the beginning of
parking meters installed for the sight seers. I
remember going to Bond Street Grammar School, being a
safety crossing guard and getting in to see the Asbury
Park Blue Bishops football team for free. I
remember the Main Central hotel fire, and I remember the
Monterey Hotel, and the Drug Store at the Berkley
Carteret--My uncle owned it. I remember the tulips
in all the parks. I remember the St. James, the
Mayfair and the Lyric theaters as well as the Paramount.
I remember Steinbach's, People's Drug store and all the
wonderful businesses on Cookman Avenue.
I have many, many more beautiful memories of Asbury
Park, but seeing it 5 years ago on Memorial Day, I
remembered crying at the desolation. The movie
"City by the Sea" made the tears come again.
When will we ever see that marvelous little Jewel of the
Jersey Shore get back some of its former glory?
...and a follow-up snippet: Being only 42
(me) you really never did know the pre WW2 view of
Asbury. It was an unbelievable lovely place.