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.
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.
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.
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.
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.