An easy day trip from New York City
To Bruce Springsteen's
On the Jersey shore
This day trip from New York City to Asbury
Park, New Jersey, is certainly not for everyone.
You'll be visiting a very rundown seaside
for Bruce "Born
in the USA" Springsteen fans, who want to experience the
Jersey shore city that so influenced Springsteen's music.
But, don't think that you're going to wander
around Asbury Park looking at the home where Bruce grew up, where
he went to school, etc. This oceanside slum has improved in recent
but it's still not completely safe.
Instead, you'll enjoy the fine Asbury Park
beach, explore its old boardwalk area, and visit the central
The train ride to Asbury Park
To get to Asbury Park, buy an inexpensive day
return train ticket on New
Jersey Transit from New York Penn Station to Asbury
Park Station. Check schedules and fares online.
You'll then ride past an interesting
visage of American urban, industrial, and suburban life.
As you leave the Hudson River area, the
route becomes more and more affluent with impressive homes and
a short bridge—you enter Asbury
Park, a strangely located
example of Atlantic coast rust belt decay.
How this city—so finely situated on a
fine stretch of Jersey shoreline—declined to its present
deteriorated condition, we do not know.
From the Jersey Transit train station in Asbury
Park, take a taxi (for around $5 - 6.00 with tip) to the old
Hotel, 1401 Kingsley Avenue, on the beach. The hotel like the
town itself has seen better days.
Travelling from the train station to the hotel
gives you the flavour of Asbury park and Bruce Springsteen's
Happily, you'll notice new construction here
and there, as well as renovation going on.
The depressed real
in Asbury Park have attracted many new residents, who commute
to NYC. Prices have gone up, but still remain much lower than
in suburbs with better reputations.
The area around the Berkeley Carteret—so
much torn down for urban renewal that never came—looks
in part like Beirut after the war. Beirut, however, has been
Just behind the hotel, you find the old
boardwalk and a surprisingly clean Atlantic Ocean beach.
Even on weekends,
this area is not crowded, but in the summer there may be lifeguards.
Do not linger here at night. And, do bring
your own food, as the
neighbourhood options are very limited.
Your return trip to New York is the outbound
trip in reverse.