This past weekend I took a trip to NJ to visit my parents. Tammy was supposed to come with me, but we had a cat emergency that forced her to stay here in Boston rather than traveling. So off I went by myself on a Friday evening flight to good-old Newark, NJ. It was nice to spend some down-time with my parents. We had very little planned, but ended up doing quite a few different things. On Saturday night we took a ride to the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Of course this is/was made famous because it is the place of origin of Bruce Springsteen and the Stone Pony, but I remember it as the place where we played ski-ball and arcade games when we were kids. This dilapidated building is apparently the place where the ski-ball arcade used to be.
The old Casino that I remember as the Ski-Ball Arcade from the inside of the building – Ricoh GR
It is now an interesting space. I don’t know if there are plans to rehab it at some point, but as is it had a cool atmosphere. Physically it seems to serve as a thoroughfare from the less populated part of the boardwalk to the more populated, but it also served as a meeting place for groups, and a place for musicians and street performers.
Some more views of the old Casino. (1) Mural on the wall, (2) The exterior of the building from further down the boardwalk with people walking out/thorough, (3) A saxophone player who found the perfect spot, you could hear him playing from other side of the boardwalk, the acoustics inside here were great – Ricoh GR
The boardwalk itself seems to be in a state of flux. I am not sure if it is because of Hurricaine Sandy, or just natural cycle, but there was lost of empty space with business and such interspersed.
Some scenes from the boardwalk: (1) Saxophone storage?, (2) Water park for the kiddies, and (3) Madam Marie’s Psychic Shop – Ricoh GR
Overall it was a nice weekend. I headed back to Boston on Sunday night and then back to the grind. There may be a few more photos from the NJ trip in the next post. Keep an eye-out for them.
Boston from above. I took this on the way to NJ, not the return, but how would you know. I think I was above 10,000 feet so it should have been okay to use my camera. I hope. - Ricoh GR
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