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Coast to Coast (7) - Asbury Park and the Stone Pony of Bruce Springsteen

The Stone Pony, Bruce Springsteen icon bar in Asbury Park in New Jersey

In this beginning of our coast to coast travel in the United States, and after visit philadelphia In the morning, we have addressed Asbury park, which is 125 km away, relatively close to New York.

Asbury park is a coastal population in the Atlantic Ocean, in New jersey, with a quite attractive wooden boardwalk and with a wide beach. Since we were going to do a coast to coastWe think we should see the Atlantic and touch it, to do the same in the Pacific.

At this time we did not know that at the end of our trip, north of Boston, we would take a six-hour tour to see whales.

In the first half of the twentieth century, Asbury park He had his splendor years with theaters, amusement parks, summer area, etc. Since it is near New York.


Boardwalk at Asbury Park in New Jersey

Also here is the Stone pony, a small place, disco / cocktail bar, where live music and concerts have been held for 40 years.

Here our dear Bruce springsteen He began his career. In fact, he has almost always lived in this area and even today he appears surprisingly, from time to time, by the Stone pony to have a beer, give a concert or join the band that plays at the moment.

After visiting Asbury park In the year 2000, I was very pleasantly surprised by the great improvements experienced in this city: in front of a general state of abandonment, now it has a renovated promenade, the beach has been cleaned where there were enough people (it is a beach payment: $ 5 access), many bars, shops, some hotels, etc. have been installed.


Gay friendly beach at Asbury Park in New Jersey

We wanted to have attended a rock concert in Stone pony, but precisely the two days we were in the area had not been scheduled concerts.

In our walk around Asbury Park, just as we had seen in PhiladelphiaIn several places, such as bars and shops, the gay flag was displayed indicating that the establishment is gay friendly. It is a euphemism that tries to show respect and acceptance to this community, but also with an important economic aspect.

Before leaving Asbury Park, we did a drive through the residential areas. We really liked the whole, with American-style houses, spacious, large, many wooden, some old and many with the American flag waving on the terraces.


Residential home in Asbury Park in New Jersey

There were several channels with beautiful houses on its banks. We also stopped at a large supermarket in a shopping center, where we collected products for dinner in the hotel room.

In short, a pleasant visit, with a sunny day that really enhanced our feelings even more.

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