Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Asbury Park Casino Carousel
With our new blog high-res format I thought I would re-post this memorable image of the old Casino Carousel in Asbury Park. What makes this so interesting is that besides the fact that it only now exists in our memories is that you can see in the window reflection the Palace Amusements Ferris Wheel. During the decline of the Duchess of the North Shore, as Asbury was known in its heyday, both the Casino Carousel and Palace Casino/Ferris Wheel/Amusements disappeared due to neglect and greedy collectors. In 1988 the Palace closed, and the hand-carved figures were sold off to the highest bidders. In 1990 the Casino Carousel figures were sold and replaced with fiberglass animals and today the building is empty.
There is a lot of history in the image.
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Thanks to my friend Peter Lucia - who owns the copyright on this image - for this photo.
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Enjoy this beautiful weekend.