Since our Boardwalk experience is limited to the Maryland & Delaware beaches--we don't think Atlantic City counts, since it's got all those huge casinos and high-rises, etc.--this was our first time at a beach venue like Asbury Park. The one-mile Boardwalk is bracketed at both ends--by the old Casino Building at one end, and the equally geriatric Convention Hall, below, at the other. We'd never seen a beach boardwalk running through a building before, and in Asbury Park it happens twice!
FYI, Springsteen & Co. have played the old Convention Hall and the adjoining Paramount Theatre, which have both been renovated. Bob Dylan will be at the Paramount on August 13, if you're interested. The contest is sold out, but you can probably get tickets at some kind of giNORmous price on Stub Hub!
Of course, the Convention Hall is populated with the requisite restaurants, and shops, and a kiosk or 2. The really neat thing about this ongoing renovation is the Beach Bar, which runs along the outside of the building as it meanders across the beach to the water's edge.
The Beach Bar's terrace is a great place to grab a quick mid-day bite and a brew, and also convenient for seeking refuge in sudden downpours!Enough of the Asbury Park Travelogue for today. Here are your 2 Jersey-esque questions:
- In what Asbury Park venue did Bruce Springsteen film his haunting 1987 "Tunnel of Love" video?
- If you're headed home from Jersey on the Turnpike, you'll encounter many rest-stops (Jerseyites call them "Service Areas") named after famous Americans of New Jersey heritage. Name the last such rest-stop on the southern leg of the Turnpike. Hint: We think she had something to do with the Red Cross, if we're not mistaken!
Answers to yesterday's questions:
- New Jersey Turnpike
- Bruce Springsteen (as one respondent said, "Duh!")