American Leisure Partners with iStar/Residential to Launch Beach Initiative in Asbury Park

City of Asbury Park | June 13th, 2013

April in June!  What’s the deal with this weather?  Start sending some signals to the weather gurus to straighten this all out.  We don’t need to establish new rain records for the month of June.  Monday night, Patti and I were watching the water come into our basement through the floor.  Enough!

Tonight, brings us the second “Vibe in the Streets” event.  Last week’s got cancelled and tonight unfortunately will probably not be the type of evening to be partying in the streets. Still come down and support our buisnesses because even if the weather is crazy we are still having fun in the city.  Morgan and Rosemary it will happen next week.
Any weeknd is a great time to check out the Asbury Park music scene. Friday night, the Mark Chernoff Trio with Radam Schwartz and Jarrett Walser will be at the Urban Nest and Gary U.S. Bonds will be at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. The opening reception for the Ronnie Wood art show will take place at art629 on Saturday night starting at 7 pm.  Underwater Sounds will be at the Berkeley Hotel Tiki Bar from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday.  Bob Egan will be at Moonstruck Sunday evening at Moonstruck.  And tons more.  Just can’t fit it all here.

The Marshall Tucker Band will be in the city this Sunday, June 16th to benefit the Spirit of a Child Foundation.  The concert will take place at the Stone Pony and also include the Nick Clemons Band and Donovan Chapman.  Doors open at 6 pm. 

The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation is proud to present a new exhibit capturing a snapshot of Asbury Park’s rich Jazz and Blues Heritage at Where Music Lives, 708 Cookman Avenue.  The display includes colorful metal murals and large scale prints by music photographers George Wirt and Tony Graves. “Asbury Park: Jazz and Blues Mecca” can be viewed Saturdays from noon to 7 pm and Sundays noon to 6 pm.  for more information visit  Gary U.S. Bonds will be at Where Music Lives on Saturday at 3 pm for a special Meet & Greet and book signing of his recently released memoir:  “Buy U.S. Bonds - That’s My Story.”  Only in Asbury Park Where Music Lives!

Parlor Gallery will be hosting LINGER, their 4th annual erotic arts exhibition with an opening reception this Saturday, June 8th from 7 to 11 pm.  This is always a very popular stop for art lovers.  Parlor is located at 717 Cookman Avenue and the show will be on display from June 8th until July 8th, 2013.  Only in Asbury Park! 
The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County will be hosting a Community Day Block Party this Saturday, June 15th at 1 pm at their club located at 1201 Monroe Avenue.  Food, Fun, Friends, Games & Entertainment & more - FREE!

The Fast Lane Motor Club will be hosting a Cars & Coffee Open House event at their newly completed Vehicle Storage Facility at 618 Summerfield Avenue this Saturday, June 15th from 8 am to 12 pm.  Stop by and check out all the cool vehicles on site.  Limited Spots Left!
Amazing article in the July issue of Family Circle magazine profiling Second Life Bikes and its founder Kerri Martin.  The buisness located at 21 Main St. repairs and sells used bikes.  It is also the home to teach our kids about bike mechanics and responsibility.  The children get to keep the bike that they work on. Check it out.  Only In Asbury Park!

Volunteers Needed:  The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation is looking for volunteers to support their initiative to preserve and promote Asbury Park’s rich musical heritage and establish a new musical destination in the city.  If you are interested, there will be an organizational meeting on Monday, June 17th at 7 pm at “Where Music Lives” 708 cookman Avenue (across from the ShowRoom Cinema).  If you can not attend, you can send a message of interest to

iStar/Residential in partnership with American Leisure is launching a new beach initiative that provides visitors with a complete amenity package: beach passes, private showers, a private changing area and private restrooms.  These packages will be offered on a seasonal or daily basis.  For additional details go to

Restaurant News:  Looks like there will be at least two new restaurants in the downtown by the end of the summer.  DJ’s Delights Deli & Restaurant, 620 Mattison Avenue, is expanding their dining space and will be converting the deli area into a market.  Work is expected to be completed by June 20th.  More details to follow.  Stay tuned!

Last night Patti and I attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration for Interfaith Neighbors.  This is an amazing non-profit full of amazing people doing amazing things. They got their start in Asbury Park and are still expanding their efforts to feed, house and care for those in need.  We are grateful you are based here.  Congratulations!

This Sunday is Father’s Day and there is no better place to celebrate this special day than Asbury Park.  I am fortunate that all my children, Tom, Linnea and Dan are coming for a visit.

So it’s going to be a beautiful beach and boardwalk weekend.  Hope to see you in the Park.

Wishes for a wonderful, safe, sunny and warm weekend,

Tom Gilmour

Director of Economic Development and Good Times