These are not actually
my property. These were lent to me by a friend and I thank him
greatly. He's not mentioned here because I don't want everyone calling him
This is how most people
remember the old "fishing pier" before it was home to Pat C's Haunted
Mansion and Amusement Park. Actually, this is only about ¼ of the
original length of the pier from when it was built. You can
see the racetrack and stadium in the footprint where the "new" casino
stood. Look to the right and you can see the faint remains of the original
approach to the old casino and garden.
On Ocean Avenue to the
south (that's left), we see the "New Atlantic Hotel" on the corner of
Pavillion Avenue. In the center is the "Riviera a/k/a Ocean Plaza
Hotel" between Morris Avenue and Melrose Terrace. In the upper left
we see the original "Monmouth Medical Center" with the north
wing still under construction.
This view Ocean Avenue
from North Bath Avenue to Pavillion Avenue shows the detail of recent storm
damage to the boardwalk. Aside from the absence of the "New Atlantic
Hotel", many of the oceanfront properties pictured here remain unchanged
today from Bath Avenue to the Marine Gardens Apartments. This is the area
designated by redevelopment as "Beachfront South". All of these
homes will soon be taken for new construction.
This view is Ocean
Avenue from Cottage Place to North Bath Avenue. On the left is the
"Hotel Vendome." On the northwest corner of Ocean Avenue
and South Bath Avenue is the footprint and old walkways to the "Scarboro
Hotel." In the center is the much depicted "Hearn
Estate." The original gate house can clearly be seen on South Bath
Avenue where Ocean Blvd. passes through today. A long section of the
estate wall remains preserved behind several homes on Second Avenue, south of
This view of Ocean
Avenue is from just south of Sternberger Avenue to West End Avenue on the far
left. A lot of good friends are missing from this image. On the far
left is the "West End Casino" with its dual pools. To the right
of that is the "Harbor Island Spa." Look at that beautiful
Victorian home where the "Imperial House" condo highrise is
today. On the southwest corner of Brighton Avenue and Ocean Avenue is the
old footprint and walkways to the site of the "Johnson Club" where the
park is today (finally, a change that was actually an improvement!) The
"West End Cottages" and "Hotel Takanassee" are just faint
ghosts in the dirt. Farther west on Brighton Avenue the "Brighton
Hotel" can be seen where the "Bank of New York" is today.
On the railroad tracks at the end of West End Court is the "Hollywood Train
Station" located where the Foodtown parking lot is today. Look up in
the upper left corner and you can see the "Hollywood Hotel" on the
southwest corner of Cedar Avenue and Hoey Avenue.
Here we see the original
"San Alfonse Retreat House" in addition to the "West End
Casino", "Harbor Island Spa" , "Brighton Hotel" , the
Hollywood train station and several large estate homes that no longer exist.
The intersection of
Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Avenues. Curious if that huge " H"
carved in that lawn was a heliport.
Looks odd without all
the trees! In the foreground, the "Ranch." The old
waterworks was on the lake just west of the tracks. And in the upper
right, the "Hollywood Hotel."
Looking east, in the
upper left is the "Hollywood Hotel." Dominating the
foreground, quality, post-war shack Cape Cods. I wonder if they were all
painted the same color.
Great view of the
Monmouth Medical Center still under construction. To the left, the Third
Avenue train station with an ornate structure on the north end of the rail road
The intersection of
Broadway, Norwood Avenue and Bath Avenues looking east.