Posts tagged ‘boardwalk’

May 29, 2013

New boards

New boards on the boardwalk!

Did I mention that they’ve rebuilt the Asbury Park boardwalk near the casino? I probably did.

Also: I just discovered last month that those funny bicycle-cars are called “surreys.”

New boards vs. old

But yeah, new construction, totally.

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May 26, 2013

Memorial Day crowds

Memorial Day weekend in Asbury Park

Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore! Time for everyone to put Sandy behind them and start enjoying the unofficial start of summer!

Unfortunately, the unofficial start of summer has been about 55F at best. Nobody wants to lay out in weather like that.

Today, at least, the sun is out; it’s been rainy and overcast for the past two days. But all the boardwalkers and joggers are dressed in sweatshirts, long pants, fleece jackets, gloves. It’s not beach weather.

Lining up to buy beach passes in Asbury Park, NJ

Lining up to buy beach passes in Asbury Park

Shore towns have pushed themselves to rebuild hurriedly, to be ready for tourists and beachgoers and commerce-bringers at the beginning of the summer season… and the summer season comes with a tiny fizzle.

Well. Shore towns will have the rest of the summer to catch up, I hope.

May 14, 2013

These boards were made for walkin’

Rebuilding the boardwalk

Despite Ocean Grove being denied FEMA funding for rebuilding its boardwalk, the construction continues anyway. The Ocean Grove beach offices/ restrooms/ base of the fishing pier is one of the lucky sections to get a revamped boardwalk out of the deal.

Apparently this new boardwalk is a composite material. (Whether to use wood or composite for the new boardwalks has been the source of controversy in other shore towns [most notably Belmar].)

 

They’ve done a lot of construction since January:

January 2013: Ocean Grove boardwalk, rebuilding near the beach offices

January 2013: Ocean Grove boardwalk, rebuilding near the beach offices

 

Which is all great progress from what Sandy wrought:

October 31, 2012: Near the Ocean Grove beach offices immediately after Sandy

October 31, 2012: Near the Ocean Grove beach offices immediately after Sandy

October 31, 2012: Base of the OG fishing pier immediately after Sandy

October 31, 2012: Base of the OG fishing pier immediately after Sandy

January 25, 2013

Splinters

Just a section of the boardwalk.

This is the north end of the Ocean Grove boardwalk, which hasn’t seen much of any reconstruction. Maybe they’re planning on patching the rough areas and otherwise keeping it as is. I hear that the dunes protected the boards from a lot of harm!

January 23, 2013

Reconstruction

Nails from the remnants of Ocean Grove boardwalk pilings, January 2013

I visited the shore last weekend, because that’s where my family lives, and we took a stroll along the Ocean Grove shoreline.

It’s been over two months since Sandy. I had assumed the boardwalk would be completely fenced off by now— you know, to dissuade stupid sightseers like us from skipping about on warped and dangerous boards— but no. And we weren’t the only thrill-seekers out for a warped-board stroll.

Ocean Grove boardwalk: not really open, but not exactly closed (January 2013)

It’s sad. The whole shore is sad. Everyone knows that. You were there, or you saw the pictures, or whatever. This is old news.

What’s new and encouraging is the reconstruction— or the beginnings of preparing for it, anyway.

Ocean Grove boards from the boardwalk, piled next to the pilings

Ocean Grove volunteers have begun tearing the unsalvageable planks from the underlying pilings.

It looks as though they’re trying to save as much of the existing boardwalk as possible.

Ocean Grove boardwalk: what can we save?

I’m told that even Belmar has turned its sights towards rebuilding the boardwalk. Although… I’d like to think that Belmar can start concentrating on its frivolous boardwalk now because the rest of the town is in such a good place, but there’s talk that beginning boardwalk reconstruction might be intended to create a distraction for still-overwhelmed Belmar residents.

Still. I like the idea of raising morale.

January 1, 2013

Photo of the year

Ocean Grove, October 31, 2012

In the past, the City Daily Photo community had “theme days” on the first of each month. January 1st was always “Photo of the Year,” where you (or your readers) picked your “best” photo from the past year.

This year, the City Daily Photo community is veering away from monthly “theme days,” so there is no January theme day.

But I haven’t been an active member of the community for quite some time anyway, so I’m not going to let that stop me! Heh.

I’m not sure that this photo is my “best,” but it sure got the most traffic (original post here; other Hurricane Sandy posts here). And I’ll always associate that damn storm with the experience of walking on those warped and treacherous boards at Ocean Grove.

To the my readers who have stuck with me despite this blog’s ongoing journey downhill: thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I may not always respond to every comment and every “like,” but I do read and deeply appreciate each one.

November 4, 2012

Shorelines

Ocean Grove Boardwalk, October 31, 2012

Right now, here’s the deal:

  1. I’m not a real reporter.
  2. Gas is hard to come by.
  3. Unnecessary trips to drive around and “look” at local towns seem frivolous.

 

So here are some other photographers’ photos of what these towns look like now (plus some of my old outdated photos, ‘cos I’ve been photographing the shore for years).

Avon by the Sea; me; March 2008 Avon by the Sea; Ashley Peskoe, NJ.com; October 2012
Avon by the Sea; me; March 2008 Avon by the Sea; Ashley Peskoe, NJ.com; October 2012
   
   
Asbury Park (Zombie Walk); me; October 6, 2012 Asbury Park; Rob Spahr, NJ.com; October 30, 2012
Asbury Park; me; October 6, 2012 Asbury Park; Rob Spahr, NJ.com; October 30, 2012
   
   
Belmar; me; March 2008 Belmar; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
Belmar; me; March 2008 Belmar; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
   
   
Sandy Hook bike path; me; August 2009 Sandy Hook; Mark R. Sullivan, Asbury Park Press; November 2012
Sandy Hook bike path and Hartshorne Drive; me; August 2009 Sandy Hook bike path; Mark R. Sullivan, Asbury Park Press; November 2012
   
   
Sea Girt; me; June 2008 Sea Girt; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
Sea Girt; me; June 2008 Sea Girt; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
October 11, 2012

Walkin’ on boards

What's this? ANOTHER boardwalk in a swamp? Seriously? YES.

Does it seem like I’m always photographing boardwalks? This is where I took the photo of that turtle in the Great Swamp.

October 7, 2012

Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2012

Zombie makeup!

In the zombie makeup tent. The seated zombie had come all the way from Staten Island, and this was her first time doing the event; the makeup artist was a three-year veteran of the zombie walk.

 

This is outside of my established “radius” for the New Providence area, but it’s still New Jersey, and it’s kind of awesome.

 

Zombie Mary Poppins and friends.

Zombie Mary Poppins and friends.

 

The sixth annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk happened yesterday. I didn’t stay for the whole thing (shame on me!), but I did get some fun shots of the undead wandering around Asbury Park (which happens less often than you’d think).

 

Could I have the sauteed brains in a brain sauce, with a side of baked brains, please?

Classier zombies prefer restaurant-prepared brains.

 

More serious readers may ask: What’s the point?
I would answer: There is no point. It’s fun, that’s the point.

 

More zombie makeup.

More zombie makeup.

 

The final touch: a blood-dribbled mouth.

The final touch: creating a blood-dribbled mouth.

 

The final product of the makeup artist above: Zombie EMTs!

So that’s where the makeup was going: Zombie EMTs!

 

Zombies at the Casino

The Casino was set up as a market for buying/selling zombie-related products.

 

Lurching zombies!

Lurching dead zombie banana and rebel friend. I saw them a few times, and they stayed in character the whole time: lurching, moaning, the whole bit. It was pretty awesome.

 

Well, I guess someone's gotta fight the zombie apocalypse.

Fighting the zombie apocalypse through faith healing

September 27, 2012

Another boardwalk

A boardwalk! My heavens.

While this is far from the first time I’ve photographed one of the Great Swamp’s hiking boardwalks (see here, here, here, and here), and while it will probably not be the last… they really are photogenic, and they scream to have their portraits taken. I oblige, because what else can I do?

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