Historical Windows of Asbury, Shawangunks and Ocean Grove

house near visitor center Sam's Point Shawangunks
This old white house of wood was next to the visitor center on our hike in the Shawangunk Mountains. It looks like it might have once been a farmhouse. One hundred years ago this area was known for its berry pickers – hard to believe berry picking was once someone’s job. But I suppose in other parts of the world it still is.

Asbury Park, Paramount Theatre
If you visit Asbury Park, a prominent building is the Paramount Theatre. It is right on the beach, and a promenade boardwalk leads you from the theater to the old casino building. Lots of shops and restaurants have newly opened along the boardwalk. The theater (you can read its history here) was built back in 1927. Two years ago I posted Asbury Park: Pictorial History in Brief).

Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Finally, here’s a beach house with historical windows in Ocean Grove, New Jersey (I’m guessing that the original windows were replaced – these looks simpler than how I imagine windows once used to be). Ocean Grove is next to Asbury Park. It has a rather different history. It started out as a Methodist town – here is some history. My husband remembers when you were not allowed to ride your car in Ocean Grove on a Sunday. He would ride his bike to work at his job, and when he got to Ocean Grove he would get off his bike and walk it.

I’m linking to I Wish I Were a Photographer on Toby’s blog. As she says, I wish Israel were no longer at war – I read via Facebook of my cousins and my friends too often needing to go to their shelters to protect themselves from the missiles. Last week, a four-year-old boy was killed.

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18 thoughts on “Historical Windows of Asbury, Shawangunks and Ocean Grove

  • I love your window photos, and the bit of prose to go with.

    Very sad, indeed, about the four-year old boy. He didn’t make it to the shelter…how devastating for the parents…

    I wish Israel was no longer at war, also…

  • Wow, Leora, what an honor to have you here at WWDD!

    Your post is full of such lovely windows, I especially like your see-through theatre in Asbury Park, and the turrets on the beach in your last photo. Lovely all around!

    And thanks for your well wishes, hopefully this whole war thing will soon just be a bad memory…

    • Toby, I’ve been meaning to participate for a while – finally, the timing of when I had time and material to write a post coincided with the timing of your meme.

      I don’t know when I will have a chance to travel around much in the coming months even in New Jersey, but maybe I can find some interesting windows and/or doors in Highland Park. Take care!

  • Nice photos!

    People are still paid to pick fruit and berries in the UK! It’s not a well-paid job and is obviously seasonal. It was an industry dominated by migrant workers, but I’m not sure if it still is now certain laws have changed.

  • With your artistic eye, I’m not surprised you notice windows and doors. We always find ourselves looking at them (and photographing them) when we visit new places.

    The violence in so many places in the world is mind numbing sometimes, but we must pay attention and bear witness.

    • Suzanne, I’m glad you enjoyed my selections. It was nice to get out a bit this summer; I doubt I will have much time this fall (my daughter has about 8 bat-mitzvahs in four weeks – so we will be carpooling as an activity – what fun).

  • Beautiful windows, Leora. This is a very informative and interesting post too.
    I think berry-picking is still a job in Washington state too, from what I once found online for my students. In fact migrant workers, and their young children, work there for corporation farms. The safety conditions are not always the best for the children in question.

    • Yes, it seems like the areas for berry picking may have just shifted – it’s still a job for the poorest people. Too bad the children are involved as well.

  • Very cool pics. It’s fun seeing the differences in architecture and the time periods they represent. I had to laugh because I have a thing for taking pics if doors. 🙂

    • Susan, I forgot to comment how old in America is usually only one century. I once showed some Israelis around Boston, and they said, you call this old? 🙂

      I’m quite fond of old American windows.

  • New meme to me.. Oh the war.. the media does a bad job showing things how they really are or explaining how we got to this point.. We were out with family we had not seen in some time and one of them said that they had no opinion on the war or which side was right as they lacked information.. Really?????? Seriously????? My husband kicked me under the table before I could speak….. I was stunned….

    • I’ve been educated on media bias since the 1980’s when my mother joined CAMERA – at least it’s nice to know now that others are seeing similar issues. I can’t imagine the current state of the media will last.

      As I follow bloggers, I tend to get a lot of early information fast. Also, I know a lot of Israeli history. I studied in high school, then read a lot on my own. I am still very much a history buff. Currently, I’m reading a book about Saudi Arabia. I didn’t realize they invited Americans to come in the 1930’s, and that’s when they first got oil and lots of money.

  • Dearest Leora,
    Nice meeting you again and see you are growing and thriving both as an artist, photographer and a human beiing.
    (Plus, you are looking gorgeous.)
    I’ve stopped with your historical buildings, because I like them and admire the way you are presenting them.
    Praying that you all are doing well. I’ve been off blogging for quite a while and am not updated.
    Send my best to your niece Hannah. We still talk about the wonderful impression she made.
    Tell her we aare praying for Jerusalem more than ever.

    • Felisol,

      A pleasure to hear from you. I hope you will blog every now and then, so I can get a little bit of your world.

      My niece is doing great – she is teaching down in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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