Asbury Park, NJ
Written by Bret Malone
Produced by Matthew Dilorenzo
Introduction: IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!
But, no, on this very real afternoon, while the wind picked up and storm clouds began to gather in the near horizon, the "What if's" wouldn't be heard from, because this is where I began a very close personal relationship with the two buildings know as the Palace and Casino. I drove through a very bad town with much urban decay, store fronts shuttered for good, bars across windows man alive, this wasn't at all what my mom described as the Asbury of her youth. But... suddenly... almost magically... the Palace loomed toward me, as I saw for my first time both a Huge and Inviting Building, drenched all over in Neon Lights --- proclaiming it's name as well as ride descriptions, clowns and what would go down in history as an Asbury Icon: "Tillie". There was the magnificent face in all the wonder and sparkle of the day!
Almost without thinking I pulled, into the lot of the sister building along the boardwalk, the Casino. Suddenly the harsh, cold winter was gone as Carousel Music touched my ears for the first time in several months. "Open from 1 to 6" the sign read. OK, that's not enough time for me, but it was something, and something very special, as I decided to explore the smaller Casino Building first. I locked up my Chevette and proceeded into the Casino, the front arched Glass Doors a blur of motion and music provided by the Carousel...
ENTER the Casino!
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