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Asbury Park Guide
Bruce Springsteen Landmarks

The Boardwalk
  • The Empress Motel
    Closed. Now the Site of the Paradise Night Club

  • the Casino
    "The boys from the Casino dance with their shirts open..."
    Location for the Tunnel of Love video

  • Madam Marie's fortune telling booth
    "D'ya hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for telling fortunes better than they do."
    Made famous by Bruce Springsteen's song, Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).
    Madam Marie no longer practices her craft in Asbury Park.

The Circuit
(Ocean Avenue and Kingsley Street)
"The circuit's lined and jammed with chromed invaders..."
Kingsley Avenue, Ocean Avenue, a section of Lake Avenue and Deal Lake Drive made up the circuit. At its zenith, herds of hot rods and Harleys cruised the down these streets past the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar and Club Xanadu. Because of a sewage treatment plant and the ruins of a beached whale of a developer's show project, these streets no longer form a loop.

Cleopatra Steps Out Art Gallery
(721 Cookman Avenue)
A great source for Asbury Park art and collectibles
Be sure to see Kate Mellina's and David Christopher's mosaic on the back of the building (Main Street side).

Convention Hall
(Boardwalk between Fifth and Sunset Avenues)
Bruce Springsteen and the band rehearsed here for the European portion of the 1999 tour.

The Fast Lane
(206 Fourth Avenue)
In the early eighties, Bruce Springsteen would join Beaver Brown and Bon Jovi onstage.
Open weekends.

Palace Amusements and 'Tillie'
(Kingsley Street and Cookman Avenue)
"Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard..."
Much of the Palace was a victim of a wrecking ball.
Save Tillie works to preserve the Palace.
Listed in New Jersey's Official Register of Historic Places

The Paramount Theatre
(Boardwalk and Fifth Avenue)
In November 1996, Bruce Springsten played here for three nights . The E Street band rehearsed here for the Darkness tour. Also the location for the 1999 reunion tour practice sessions.

The Saint
(Munro Avenue and Main Street)

Sonny's Southern Cuisine
574 Cookman Avenue
In July of 2002, Springsteen performed My City of Ruins here for broadcast on the Today Show. Bruce is a regular customer at this restaurant. Don't waste your time hanging around hoping to get discovered... They close the doors when Springsteen shows up.

The Stone Pony
(913 Ocean Avenue)
Bruce Springsteen's favorite venue

The Student Prince site
(911 Kingsley Street)
Bruce Springsteen first met Clarence Clemons here.

The Upstage Club
(702 Cookman Avenue)
Now closed. Located next to OK Shoes.
The Upstage was one of the original Asbury Park clubs. From 1968 through 1970, Bruce Springsteen, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Davey Sancious, Vini Lopez, Miami Steve Van Zandt, and Billy Chinnock jammed here.

Public Library Bruce Springsteen Collection
www.asburypark.lib.nj.us/bruce.htm
500 First Avenue
Access by appointment

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