AsburyPark[Book: Joseph Bilby & Harry Ziegler – 2009 – 15x23cm – 132 Pages – Many B&W photos]. The history of New Jersey’s Asbury Park is a veritable roller coaster of challenge, triumph and change. In 1871, there was nothing but marshes and sand dunes between the sinful city of Long Beach and the holy haven of Ocean Grove, but for devout Methodist James Bradley, the deserted beachfront was a new Promised Land. Thus, the resort community Asbury Park was born as a wholesome entertainment and relaxation center… to become a raucous amusement park. Chapter Points: Preface; Acknowledgements; James A. Bradbury – the Founder (+6 sub chapters); The Hetrick Years (+6 sub chapters); The Fall and the Rise (+5 sub chapters); Notes; About the Authors. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.