Link to August 16 Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Asbury Park, N. J.: The Glory Days are back".
Excerpt: If you're a Bruce Springsteen fan, have we got a trip for you.
Even if your reaction to that famous salutation is "Hi!" "Hey!" or "Huh?" the folks in Asbury Park will be equally happy to meet you.
This friendly seaside community, indelibly linked to Springsteen's 1973 debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." has plenty to offer , whether you're among the fans making pilgrimages, or just want to have fun, relax and enjoy the beach.
Just ask Jorunn Elnes of Rjukan, Norway , or the E Street Band's Clarence Clemons.
"It's the most beautiful beach and the most beautiful boardwalk," Clemons said in a recent AP interview.
He has the wholehearted agreement of Elnes, who took time off from her banking job to visit Asbury Park three times in the span of a year.
Jersey Shore author-historian Stan Goldstein says the boardwalk is the "best it's been in more than 30 years."
Goldstein remembers the giant Exxon sign that brought this fair city light and the now-razed Flamingo motel, whose name may have inspired the fictitious Flamingo Lane of Springsteen's song "Jungleland."
Clemons fondly recalls a carousel with handcrafted horses, and driving around an informal route known as "the circuit," referred to in Springsteen's "Night" and "4th of July, Asbury Park."
That was before Asbury Park became a city of ruins.