Under the Boardwalk,
Over the Moon

Love Stories from Bradley Beach

Bradley Beach (NJ) is a quiet little town “down the shore” where generations of people have experienced first love or met the love of their life. The history of Bradley is full of sweet, salty, and sentimental stories of young love.

Athanasia & James

Athanasia & James

Lampros and Vasaliki Scaltsas, maternal grandparents of Bradley Beach native Eileen Shissias, operated a boardwalk restaurant- the Fourth Avenue Pavilion.

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Bill Blumenau

Bill Blumenau

I saw Bill Blumenau over the fence. I saw him on the beach the next day. I had made such an impression that he thought he was picking me up.

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Charles & Emma

Charles & Emma

Charles and Emma Warwick lived at 405 Main Street. They owned and operated a grocery store at the corner of Fifth and Main from the beginning of the 20th century until the late 1930s.

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Fran & Gary

Fran & Gary

We met in front of Mike and Lou’s on Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach in August of 1959. I was with a girlfriend on a rainy day and got into a friend’s car to get out of the rain.

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Mamma Knows Best

Mamma Knows Best

To this day, Anthony and his mom don’t even know who was responsible for hiring Vera, but the rest is history and now Vera and Anthony are married and have a precious little girl.

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Norma & David

Norma & David

June 1948 Brinley Beach Boardwalk, Bradley Beach NJ... I was walking the boards in the afternoon with my friend, Gloria Glassman. We joined a group of young people we knew. That was my first glimpse of David who was busily talking to anyone who would listen. That...

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Richard & Diane

Richard & Diane

On a Saturday evening in July 1960 on the boardwalk of Bradley Beach, I was with my friends, Larry Novick and Michael Mitzmacher. Diane Goldsmith was with several girlfriends. My friends suggested going to Asbury Park for the evening and going on the rides. I saw a...

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Robert & Maria

Robert & Maria

In the late 19th century, Robert and Maria Pyle were married. They opened a boarding house and small store on the corner of Evergreen Avenue and Main Street.

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Skipp & Cindy

Skipp & Cindy

It was 1965. Her name was Cindy. Her family lived next door. They were always down from Memorial Day until Labor Day. She was my first girlfriend, my first bud.

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Stanley Cotler

Stanley Cotler

My wife’s family sent their daughter, Frieda, to Bradley Beach to meet a nice Syrian boy. Instead she came home with me. We were married in July 1963.

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Toby & Morey

Toby & Morey

It was June 1962 and I had just graduated from high school. It was July 4th weekend, and I was taking my younger sister down the shore.

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True Love

True Love

While living in Newark during the summer of 1951, a friend and I, both young, working adults, decided to visit my mother, Jeanette Sternig, and spend the day on the beach at Bradley Beach.

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“Under the Boardwalk”

“Under the Boardwalk”

When I finally went to college, I still went back to Bradley with my girlfriend. The best way to describe what we looked forward to doing is best told by the name of a song, Under the Boardwalk.

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William & Ella

William & Ella

William and Ella Paynter were married at the Grand Reformed Church, Asbury Park in July, 1877. They set up housekeeping in a little cottage on Asbury Avenue and in 1882 moved to Ocean Park, which was not yet part of Bradley Beach.

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