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We are filled with so much happiness reading all of your heart-felt post about memories and wishes for the Asbury Lanes. We have some fun announcements coming soon...but in the meantime, let the Lanes Love fest continue...Thanks to our dear friend Tom Chesek for this amazing, amazing poem...You are the best and we can't thank you enough for this one...Smiles for days..Thank you.


And to THINK That I Saw It at Asbury Lanes...

I saw Burly-Q beauties; carnival queens;
Fire-eaters and freakshows from strange sideshow scenes,
All just a stumble from the House of Steve Crane...
and to THINK that I saw it at Asbury Lanes!

I saw comic book legends; bowling pin art;
Pontanis and Pontiacs out in the lot!
From the days of Mel Stultz through to Juicy Jenn's reign,
I seen sights for a LIFEtime at Asbury Lanes!

I saw punks greet politicians; folks tie the knot!
I saw Bouncing Souls' Greg read to toddlers ('n TOTS)!
But unlike certain douche-bars (I'm not naming names)
I ain't never seen BOUNCERS at Asbury Lanes!

We saw Jello Biafra! Detroit Cobras, A-Bones;
Butthole Surfers, Wreckless Eric (and was THAT Mick Jones?)!
Agent Orange, Supersuckers, The Germs, and Bad Brains...
and to think they ALL played here at Asbury Lanes!

We saw Wanda Jackson! Mr. Williams André!
Dick Dale! The Ventures! LINK fucking WRAY!
We saw acts as they got hot, at the start of their fame...
Or when they Coolio'd down, here at Asbury Lanes.

We saw bands made of robots; metal Bee Gees,
Marching brass hipsters, surf mariachis...
All our fave local units, too OBVIOUS to name...
staked a place in our hearts on that stage, center Lanes.

Classic cult flicks and stag films; rockumentary docs...
TromaPalooza with Lloyd Kaufman and Tox...
ComiCons and Garage Sales; Dance-Off soul trains...
(and that was a "slow" night at Asbury Lanes!)

We played Sex Toy Bingo; Tuesday Trivia to win;
Saw BACHELORETTES with Values and Gentleman Jim.
And every so often we'd BOWL a few frames,
'cause you see you could DO that, at Asbury Lanes.

We'd come just to hear what Jack Ripper had in store,
plus Dehydrated Pirate, DJ Values, Meat-N-More...
We'd come just to see Lori Hatred, Layney Laynes,
and the whole fearless crew of the good S.S. Lanes.

Most of all there's Jenn Hampton, our most gracious host,
(the best bars all have one; plus resident ghost)
With a hug and a smile, she'd make you glad you came
to her elegant Fellini world, here at the Lanes.

Now, granted, the old place needs TLC...
The roof is a ruin; there's no heat or A/C...
and the one working bathroom has a line out to Main...
so we all wish the best for our Asbury Lanes.

But from newest newcomer to The Ghost of Lane Three,
We cherish these times and our weird family.
ALL who otherwise never felt part of the game
Would feel instantly at home, at Asbury Lanes.

Now Jenn's still in her Parlor; Mel's racing the beach,
And the rest of us prep for a L-O-N-G winter's creep,
til the day that we raise up a Pabst once again...
And I think that I'll see you, I hope that I see you,
I KNOW that I'll see you at Asbury Lanes!

-Tom Chesek


11 Years ago....


Letter from a friend of the Lanes

"The Lanes--older than you think."

Asbury Lanes' life began in the 1920s as an auto garage until the late 1930s when a family, The Eames, moved their bowling business from downtown Asbury Park into the garage. Their 8 lanes were expanded to 16 complimented by a sandwich counter. It's survived a fire and stood through countless hurricanes. It was witness to The Morro Castle disaster, the riots in the 70s, Asbury Park's decline and then triumphant return. It has been a home to local bowling league tournaments, crowds cruising The Circuit, and the hundreds of bands that took to the stage over the recent years. There is no other place like it in the country. 

On paper the story is nothing short of a mystery. The pieces are scattered or missing and you have to fight to put it all together. In doing all of this historical research, I have learned a great deal about information archives,  census records, deeds, and how the records of the past are organized. More importantly I learned to never stop looking or asking questions. Out of all of Asbury Park's historic places, Asbury Lanes' story has been the most difficult to uncover and it took me 2 1/2 months to realize why.
The story of Asbury Lanes can not be found inside books, articles, or the endless rolls of microfilm. The story lives inside of everyone that has come to enjoy it. Someone once told me the only immortality we have is our memory. We all have our own experiences and memories from The Lanes, that's what keeps it alive. No matter what happens to the building in the coming months, the Lanes spirit will live on in those memories. Even if not recognized as historic, we already know it--Asbury Lanes is significant to our culture, our history, our memory--without any documented proof.
Those memories and stories hold more power than you think. Talk to someone, ask your grandparents, share your story, your photos, find an outlet. I already know many people who would love to hear it--Jenn at The Lanes or Eric Van't Zelfden at Lobo Jones Productions (www.lobojones.com), he's in the middle of collecting stories for an Asbury Lanes documentary as I write this. You might just find an extraordinary story as I have. 


I will forever love this place. The end of an era. (And hopefully, the beginning of a new one...) Asbury Lanes Crew. Good Riddance, Off With Their Heads, Iron Chic. September, 27, 2015. Asbury Park, NJ.

May we all still feel each other's hearts near when we sing loud and always remember this friendship, love, and camaraderie. I love you, hot dogs. I think the world of you.

- jenn


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Things have changed here at the Lanes....

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