In the 20th century, Asbury Park was
firmly established among New Jersey's foremost seashore resorts.
Asbury Park sparkled with the presence of five-and-dime
czar Frank W. Woolworth, jazz great Duke Ellington,
crooner Frank Sinatra, former New York City mayor
Ed Koch and Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson.
Asbury Park's unique role in late 20th century popular music was
born in 1973 when songwriter and rock and roll musician Bruce Springsteen
debuted his first record album, Greetings From Asbury Park. The
jacket's design featured a colorful chrome postcard printed by
the Tichnor Brothers of Boston whose balloon letters framed the
Now the 20th century has turned into the 21st, and Asbury Park
is experiencing a new renaissance. The city's rich immigrant experience
continues, reflected in its culinary offerings. Asbury Park's rebirth
as an art and performance incubator for rising musicians, actors,
playwrights, poets and artists continues as does its new-old attraction
as a central retail and office location connected to the state's
inter-modal transportation network.