ASBURY PARK’S GLORY DAYS.

AsburyParksGloryDaysPike[Book: Helen-Chantal Pike – 2005 – 22x24cm – 212 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. Long before Bruce Springsteen picked up a guitar, Asbury Park (New Jersey) was a seashore Shangri-La filled with shimmering odes to civic greatness, world-renowned baby parades, temples of retail, and atmospheric movie palaces. It was a magnet for tourists, a summer vacation mecca – New Jersey’s own Coney Island. Here we chronicle the city’s [and the resort’s] heyday – between 1890 and 1980. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Prologue 1982; Location, Location, Location; The Avenues; The Beach, the Boardwalk, and the Palace; The Entertainment Circuits; Dining Out, Sleeping In; Downtown; The Society; Epilogue 2002; Bibliography; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.