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Lonely Planet review
Asbury Park experienced passing prominence in the 1970s when Bruce Springsteen 'arrived' at the Stone Pony nightclub, which is still offering live music. After that, the town went through a major decline, followed by a still-in-progress comeback - led by wealthy gay men from NYC who snapped up blocks of forgotten Victorian homes and storefronts to refurbish. Though the place still has an unfinished quality to it (and rough pockets that should be avoided), there's still plenty to enjoy (especially if you're a gay man).