Friday, September 19, 2008

Asbury Park Casino Part 1

It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when air was clean and sex was dirty.
George Burns

One of the things I wanted to do was to visit while in New Jersey was the Asbury Park boardwalk as it's under major redevelopment. I had seen an episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservation's" from a few years ago that included a segment how bad Asbury Park had gotten. It captured my attention, but I had heard things had begun to change finally. My goal was to capture some of the decay of buildings around the boardwalk before they are restored. What can I say, I love old buildings. The casino was the first place we went. An older gentlemen sitting outside gave us a good deal of history everything from the segregation of the beaches to the hotels that had gone from high class to seedy rent by the hour. What had been wholesome Americana went to sleazy Americana. Much of that is changed or changing. Now it seems to be returning to some place between both...More next post..

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was in Asbury Park less than two weeks ago! It is still rough around the edges, particularly at night, but it IS turning around. The friend of mine who took me there said that the shell of the casino will soon house a farmer's market. That would be lovely, wouldn't it? The interior reminded me of the theatre in the film Cinema Paradiso.

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