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So true about most boaters. I swear they speed up when they see a kayaker. I am not a fan of going through the train bridge in any kind of water craft.

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I’m surprised they never did anything better with that RR bridge. That passage is narrow especially when two boats are coming/going through. The combined wakes get very rough and you have to throttle thru or you will get pushed into the bridges pilings. I’ve never liked passing thru there and on one occasion I did side swipe the bridge when a much larger boat and I passed through simultaneously. I have no idea how a single screw/engine boat gets through there during mid summer traffic.

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I imagine the cost to do something worthwhile would be significant. And I also imagine there would be jurisdictional issues between the Coast Guard, NJ Transit, the county and state that would come into play.

We were once heading home through the inlet when a train got stuck on the track either on or very close to the bridge (heading south toward PP). The back up of boats was just crazy. We were so happy we take a sharp right just before the bridge to get home. It took hours to get everyone through - I would imagine the CG may have directing been traffic. No one knows the rules for going through the bridge and they do no one obeys them.

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Neither do the folks piloting those boats.

People with an outboard don’t seem to realize they will lose most steering control at idle speed and be subject to the eddy’s and currents at the bridge.

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I figure that posting this here will get the most eyeballs… if you haven’t heard, Cookman Ave in Asbury Park is CLOSED TO CARS from Main Street down to Grand Ave. through the end of November (not a typo).

This means no parking the length of the street, no valet parking at the few places that had it, and going to pick up food is still going to require parking elsewhere (or a 2nd person to go get it while the driver takes laps). The city has done this to help the restaurants and make it a pedestrian-friendly summer with expanded space for outdoor dining. There is a lot at town hall on Main Street at the end of Cookman (across from Brando’s), but if you think you’re going to get a spot anywhere near where you’re going to eat, think again.

Full details: City of Asbury Park ReOPEN initiative

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And since I have a (short-term) subscription to the APP and this article is behind the paywall, here are the places that were of some interest TO ME from the new restaurants at the shore article:

El Rey Rosticeria y Restaurante
(You get a link to this one because I wanted to know WHERE in AP–it’s 708 Emory St. YW.)

Nick + Sons Bakery in Brooklyn is opening a second location in Spring Lake

Ram Cafe in Howell

Cookie & Crumb in Atlantic Highlands
(I’m guessing it’s where Flaky Tart was)

Los Barbaros Birria, which started at Mayan Restaurant in Asbury Park, is opening in Belmar.

Iron Oak Smokehouse is coming to Schooner’s Wharf in Beach Haven

When Cat’s Luck Vegan opens in Neptune City this summer, owner Michelle Mancuso will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to baked goods. (You get the link to this one because I’m a CL customer and think she’s a doll AND a very good baker, vegan or not!)

El Sabor De Mi Pueblo in Keansburg

Ice cream cookie sandwiches from The Baked Bear, opening soon in The Loft in Long Branch’s Pier Village

Bar Bella outdoor deck at Bell Works in Holmdel (I’ve been here; lovely setting, JUST opened, so they’re still figuring some stuff out, but food is available from the places inside the bldg)

Ocean Brew Coffee in Spring Lake

Compassion Cafe, a nonprofit coffee shop staffed by employees with disabilities, opened for its first season inside Barry’s Do Me A Flavor in Beach Haven

Hummus Republic serves Mediterranean food including wraps, pitas, and bowls. The restaurant recently opened in Long Branch

Yes, the APP should pay me at this point. They don’t offer links to any of these, and they run photos with the same caption over and over again. Hence, my SHORT TERM subscription. :roll_eyes: :roll_eyes:

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Nope, that is now Flour on First, and still cranking out great pastry.

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As I’m sure many of you do, friends sometimes give me “reports“ of places they’ve driven past…

Today I heard that there’s a new Peruvian place coming on Rt 34 in what she believes is Wall. That’s as much info as I have, but I figured for those of you in the area where 33 and 34 intersect, you might know what she’s talking about or can keep your eyes peeled for it. She said she’ll be driving past there again on Monday and will make note of what it says.

It’s the building next to the BBQ place. The sign for the coming Peruvian place has been up for a while. I never see any activity to suggest any work is ongoing.

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I’m heading up 34 as I type this. I’ll see if there’s anything else to report.

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Nothing new to report except Mr Bean said I hope it opens soon. The building has been several things over the years - primarily pizza related. Most recently it was Pyramid (or something like that) which was, as I recall, somewhat Eastern European.

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According to NJ.com, Hoagitos is adding a store on Rt. 35 in Oakhurst. I’ve never been, but a few friends of mine are fans… will have to give it a try.

I was at the Belmar location once. I thought it was a big meh for a little sandwich.

Good to know!

While sitting at the bar at Jimmy’s last night, I was informed that a Total Wine will be opening at the intersection of 35 and 36 in that strip mall where the bed bath and beyond is.
I don’t recall seeing anything about that on here

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THAT. IS. NEWS!!! :heart_eyes:
(I trust pretty much anything said at the bar at Jimmy’s, btw. )

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That’s awesome! I am pretty big into cocktails and many things I need I can only find at Total Wine in Union.

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That plaza could use it. Place is dying aPainful death

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RIP to my old favorite Chinese Buffet. Dammit I miss their peel n eat shrimp as well as their (frozen) fried shrimp. I used to gorge on those when I went. Poor ole @corvette_johnny got nowhere to bring his butter melters!

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