All Photographs COPYRIGHT 2004 Susan McLaughlin
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Dubbed "Hip Town" somewhere along the way, Red Bank has long been the cultural center of Monmouth County.
Blessed with a spectacular setting on the banks of the Navesink River, Red Bank is home to a concentration of financial services companies, posh boutiques and trendy eateries as well as old fashioned delis and pizzarias. The bustling business center keeps downtown hopping Monday through Friday, with the sidewalk cafes filled at lunchtime with both the shopping and corporate crowd.
The hub of Red Bank's live performances can be found on Monmouth Street at the Count Basie Theater, which features top rock and roll acts, the New Jersey Symphony as well as ballet, comedy and repertoire theather. Visitors come from many states for the annual three day waterfront Jazz and Blues Festival, which showcases national groups as well as local talent. A visit to Red Bank during the Christmas holiday is like a step back in time to a town from hometown USA, with carolers and street musicians serenading shoppers.
Red Bank residents can walk to commuter trains, hop on the Garden State Parkway or take one of the local commuter ferries into Manhattan. The pace is a bit more leisurely on weekends, when strolling with a cup of coffee is the town actvity.
Red Bank beckons as a place to live, shop or grab a bite to eat -- or do all three. The main thoroughfare, Broad Street, boasts boutiques, clothing stores, eclectic eateries and fine restaurants. Red Bank also is a mecca for the arts, both visual and performing.
Location: Red Bank has the Navesink River to the north and the Swimming River to the west, and its neighboring municipalities are generally upscale boroughs.
Size: 1.8 square miles
Population: 11,844 (2000 Census)
The area blossomed in the 19th century as a fishing village and port, where sailboats and steamboats were often seen using the Navesink River on their way to or from New York. Red Bank was incorporated as a borough in 1908. Its maritime heritage is evident today, as people can be seen fishing, kayaking and sailing in the nearby waters.
Highlights, activities, events
Access to the waterfront is one of Red Bank's most significant assets. Green spaces, including Marine Park near Broad and West Front streets, offer a view of the Navesink. During the summer, Riverside Gardens Park is home to Jazz in the Park, a weekly concert series that features local artists. Red Bank also is known for its annual jazz-and-blues festival in the summer. The three-day event, which has seen attendence of nearly 150,000, offers nonstop music, food, crafts and family fun.
Red Bank is home to the recently opened Two River Theater on Bridge Avenue, which includes a 349-seat performing arts venue.
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