The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park is another city building with an absolutely amazing history.

As we spotlight the city of Asbury Park once again today, our focus lands on what is now the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, but was originally known as the Berkeley Carteret Hotel, and it has a rich history.

So today, we thought we would tell you three things you might not know about this famous and beautiful building.

(1) The hotel has been a fixture in Asbury Park since 1925.

(2) During World War II, it was a receiving station for the British Royal Navy. Some 5000 British officers and enlisted men were stationed in Asbury Park including legendary actor Sir Alec Guinness (Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars, 1977) .

(3) It closed in 1976, but reopened in 11983 when Henry and Sabastian Vaccaro purchased and renovated it.

There is just another small piece of the rich history in Asbury Park. You can learn more at,and you can visit the current Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel website.

And don't forget, if you're in town on the weekends this summer, stop by the New Jersey Natural Gas Asbury Park Boardwalk Studio to see our live broadcasts.

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