25. Asbury Park
*** Welcome to Part 2! ***
From Kingsley Street to Main Street
Growing up in Asbury, I never thought of the place as a city (which it officially is, of course). To use the word urban to describe it would never have occurred to me. Urban sounded cruddy, blighted. Rather, Asbury was, for me, an intimately structured, sparkling town. It was a golden place by the sea where everybody knew everybody else. Anyway, each circle overlapped another circle. There were no grates in front of stores; and you could walk home from the beach at midnight without the slightest worry.
I have already stated that one of the nicest things about Asbury Park is its blend of fantasy, European elements and perfect small-town Americana. Here we begin to look at its "town" identity. This section will move much faster than the Beachfront chapters. My goal is to establish an idea of the relationship between Asbury's divisions, thereby leaving a sense of the town's overall character.
Between Kingsley Street and Main Street there is, east to west, a seven-block area made up of Victorian-style houses, churches and businesses. (See red line in the image below.)
Image 1.25.2. The red line roughly borders the area from Kingsley Street to the RR Tracks. The concentration of trees in the center tends to indicate the larger number of houses. This is the residential "heart" of the district.
In general, the churches are on Grand Avenue (the dark blue line, above). Most business are on or around Cookman Avenue (yellow) and on Main Street (green), which is parallel to the RR tracks (pink). The Tracks divide the whole of Asbury Park in half. (Though I have called this section "Kingsley to Main," I have included the RR tracks.)
Please continue on to to next page to see examples of the residences that occupy the heart of the Kingsley-to-Main district.