Why do I love Asbury Park, New Jersey? Let me count the whys.
1. Its charming, friendly coffee shops and restaurants:
|Breakfast at Toast|
3. Its history, as embodied by the formerly grand Casino building, name checked by Bruce Springsteen in "Sandy," now a picturesque ruin.
4. Its moxie. Asbury has done a great job of bouncing back after that other Sandy (the hurricane) and some very rough decades.
|A peek inside the carousel house|
|The cops finally busted Madame Marie for telling fortunes better than they do|
6. And most of all: its incomparable music scene.
|Eddie Manion with Joe Grushecky at the legendary Stone Pony|