Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. ((HOT))
The Springsteen Archives is hosting two other events during the first week in January to celebrate the 50th anniversary. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Tuesday Night Record Club at Monmouth University, moderated by Professor Ken Womack, will be discussing the album. For further information, please see -night-record-club-greetings-from-asbury-park-tickets-476447205417
Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
"There's a blood-red circle On the cold, dark groundAnd the rain is falling downThe church doors blown openI can hear the organ's songBut the congregation's gone ...My city of ruinsMy city of ruins ... I pray, LordWith these handsFor the strength, Lord ...Come on, rise upCome, on rise up"– "My City in Ruins"by Bruce Springsteen 2000Greetings from Asbury Park$1.2B Redevelopment Taking Shape along Jersey ShoreBy JACK LYNE, Site Selection Executive Editor of Interactive PublishingASBURY PARK, N.J. – Somewhere, Bruce Springsteen is smiling . . . maybe. Asbury Park, N.J.'s favorite son, rocker Springsteen has carved a large part of his legend out of hard-truth tales about his hard-luck hometown. ("My City in Ruins," for example, while fittingly embraced as a post-9/11 anthem, wasn't really a song about New York. Springsteen wrote it a year earlier, and he wrote it for a benefit concert in Asbury Park.)Springsteen's first album in 1973 was entitled "Greetings from Asbury Park" (pictured, above left). "The main reason I put Asbury Park on the title of the album," he later explained, "was because they were pushin' for this big New York thing - this big-town thing. I said, "Wait, you guys are nuts or something! I'm from Asbury Park, N.J.! Now, after four decades of sharp economic decline, Asbury Park (www.downtownasburypark.com) is eyeing a reversal of fortune. A developer has drawn up a US$1.2 billion plan to redevelop the waterfront alongside the city on the North Jersey shore. And the City Council has approved the plan by a 5-0 vote. "This is the start of one of the largest waterfront projects in New Jersey history," Ocean Front Acquisitions COO Larry Fishman told the crowd of some 200 gathered for the vote on the plan, which would unfold over 10 years. Though occasionally nearly empty today, Asbury Park's waterfront (pictured) attracted hordes of well-heeled visitors from the 1880s until economic decline set in the middle of the 20th century. Asbury Park officials last year picked Ocean Front Acquisitions to head up the city's waterfront redevelopment. A joint venture between New York City-based MD Sass Municipal Partners and Lakewood, N.J.-based First New Jersey Real Property Management, Ocean Front was specifically created for redeveloping Asbury Park.Dozens of Developers Dilute Risk