|Sara D. - my
ASBURY FROM A TEENAGER'S POINT OF
When I look at Asbury Park, I see the
beautiful tourist attraction it once was.
I've seen so many pictures of Asbury in the
1930's-1960's and it is really a beautiful
city. On the boardwalk there used to be a
sky ride that took you from one end of the
boardwalk to the other. Another thing I
think is probably the most distinct feature
of Asbury is the old Palace. When I sit in
front of the Palace in my parent's car I sit
there and stare in amazement at the greenish
teal pant still chipping off of the
building, and what's left of the old neon
sign that outlined Tillie's face. It almost
seems like something from a horror movie. It
looks like such an eerie place, like on a
damp foggy night you could hear the
carousel's music again. When I walk on the
boardwalk, I think of it as the
"new" boardwalk; when everyone
else thinks of it as the "old"
boardwalk. The reason I say the
"new" boardwalk is because
the old boardwalk used
to have rides and entertainment. The new one
looks desolate and abandoned.
This is how I, a 13 year old, that lives
within three to five miles from Asbury
thinks about this beautiful yet abandoned
Sara D - again.
OUTSIDER'S POINT OF VIEW OF ASBURY PARK
As I came into Asbury, the first thing I noticed was
the abandoned buildings and streets along Ocean Ave.
As I rode down Cookman Ave., I saw the barren lots,
with cracked cement and over grown grass growing threw
the cement's cracks. There were countless numbers of
old burned down buildings, that have never been fixed.
Along with the bad side of Asbury, I saw the beautiful
side of it as well. Such as, the beautiful sparkling
ocean, with the soft sand on my feet. Besides looking
at the ocean, the view from the Asbury Towers is
breath-taking as well. One of the first things I
thought is "Why in the world would such a
wonderful city, with great views and potential look so
To sum up my first impression of Asbury Park, I could
use three words: desolate, barren, abandoned. It could
be such a wonderful city if it just got put back in
blew me away with that picture of the
steeplechase. I knew tillie originated from the
steeplechase in Coney Island, but NEVER had a clue
they also had one in Asbury Park.
the way, your site is FANTASTIC! Keep up the
Thomas G. - looking for ZAD - the porrait artist
from the 50's....
happened to ZAD, the portrait artist on the Boardwalk
? I have a series of pastel portraits, signed by
Zad, done from the mid-Fifties to the early Sixties.
I kept them because they are portraits of my siblings
and me. He was the real deal. He captured
the innocence of youth with his fine hand and soft
colors. You can actually feel the pinch from our
Grandmother as we were forced to sit still for an
eternity, probably 15 minutes, as he put our
portrait in paper. Zad was not a caricature
artist. I am sure some of his personal work must
exist in the homes of the long time residents of Ocean
Grove and Asbury Park. His small stand was
in the center of the Boardwalk, just north of the
Homestead Restaurant, better known as Howard
I was 4, 5, and 6 years old and my family would take us every
summer to the Asbury Park boardwalk, I couldn't wait to watch
and go on one particular kiddie ride, the one with the fish that
blew REAL bubbles ! What a thril that was ! LOL ! And the indoor
rides too ! Ahhh the good ol days !