What does it take to make a town "cool?" Everybody has a different definition of the word. Matador Network thinks one Jersey Shore town was cool enough to made it's top 20 in the entire country.

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Asbury Park ranked 17 in Matador Network's rundown of the coolest towns in the US. Here's how they broke it down:

  1. Are not just bedroom communities or suburbs, but have their own economic / local “heart.”
  2. Have strong DIY or local movements around agriculture / food / drink / farm to table.
  3. Have cool natural features close by, and ideally a significant part of their local economy is outdoor recreation.
  4. Have cultural diversity to the point where even if the town is small it still has a “global citizenry” feel.

Of Asbury Park, Matador Network said:

A typical day in the summer starts off with waking up and going fishing on one of Asbury’s piers, and then relaxing on the beach for a few hours. You could grab brunch at Toast or catch a quick screening of an independent film at the Showroom. Then you’d head to happy hour — if you had a dog, you could take it to Wonderbar’s “Yappy Hour” to let it play with other dogs while you grab a beer. Maybe, if it was the fall, you’d get to see the world’s largest gathering of Zombies. Then catch some live music at Asbury Lanes or the Stone Pony (maybe Springsteen will drop by — it’s not unheard of), and head to Johnny Mac’s to play some Skee-Ball and get some free pizza.


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