Asbury Park History
The Metropolitan Hotel
Gay Asbury Park
Before I added the Copyright Notice across my images, many were stolen
and appear on many sites developed after this one was created around 1998.
My online store featuring
TIME MAGAZINES &
POSTCARDS of the 1900's.
The Albion Hotel
(Demolished in late 2001 or early
This advertisement appeared in an Asbury Park guide published by the Greater
Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. Probably from the mid 1970's, though no date
appears in the guide. Thanks to many who have emailed us, we have learned the hotel
was new around the time of the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York. The hotel was
hailed as an example of modern architecture. The Asbury Park Historical Society is
currently trying to save the hotel from demolition. For more information on current
events in Asbury Park, please visit:
The advertisement describes the
"luxurious" hotel as offering TV and telephone in every room. The lower
portion reads "FREE Ocean Bathing", "Air-Conditioned Coffee Shop and
Restaurant", and "Free Parking at your door".
You may also notice the
"Rainbow Room" sign in the advertisement. This was a nightclub that opened
in the mid 1950's and closed in the late 1960's or early 1970's at the onset of the
decline in Asbury Park. The owners at this time was a couple by the name of Pete
Pietonero (not sure of spelling).
Below, a photograph of the vacant hotel in serious disrepair. This photo was taken in August, 1997.
The hotel has been demolished. One
can only imagine the hotel's glorious past...