Lesson #69: Asbury Park, New Jersey

In light of the Canada/US game this evening, I kind of hate myself for this post.

This post is for two people, really. My dad, whose fault it is that I listen to a lot of the music I do and a friend of mine in a big city in Texas who is a New Jersey girl.

Asbury Park, New Jersey, home of The Boss*, and about 18,000 actual residents. It’s tiny, only 1.6 square miles. It was developed as a seaside resort town in 1871 by a New York manufacturer named James A. Bradley and named after Francis Asbury, the first ordained Methodist Bishop in the US. It was the first city in the region to have a modern sewer system and the famous boardwalk was built sometime in the late 19th century and was already well-established by 1890. In the first half of the 20th century, Asbury Park was a mecca of sorts for the entertainment industry, but lost its importance in the antebellum years, declining until the release of Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings from Asbury  Park, N.J. Some of the city’s most famous residents include Danny DeVito, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello) and Stephen Crane.**

*Not actually a true fact, but everyone just assumes it based on Greetings from Asbury  Park, N.J. Bruce Springsteen is actually from Long Branch, NJ.

**More about Asbury Park here and here.

One thought on “Lesson #69: Asbury Park, New Jersey

  1. Rachel says:

    In a related vein, a cool Paul Lukas feature on the Pinball Museum in Asbury Park: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/100225

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