Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Keansburg Ranked #2 in Country for Affordability by Realtor.com

America's Most—and Least—Affordable Beach Towns, 2017 Edition

 | May 31, 2017

2. Keansburg, NJ

Median home price: $125,000

A quieter beach of Keansburg, NJ
A quieter beach of Keansburg, NJ

For a lower-key Jersey Shore experience, try Keansburg. The public beach doesn't have lifeguards on duty, but the sand is powdery white and the sunsets are stunning. So blast some early-period Springsteen(headphones, please) and chill.
Not everything here is sleepy. Thrill-seekers and families regularly flock to the Keansburg Amusement Park for dozens of waterslides, including the notorious and frankly stomach-churning Super Slide. There are also family arcade centers and an abundance of tasty boardwalk treats—funnel cake, anyone? (Just not after the Super Slide.)
Like Atlantic City, Keansburg is also slowly recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Today, home prices are among the cheapest on the Jersey Shore—you could find a decent home a stone's throw away from the beach for around $150,000.
And things are looking up for developments. Last year, a $65 million, mixed-use project broke ground on the waterfront. Expected to be completed by summer 2018, the complex will feature two stories of retail space, together with a collection of market-rate and affordable apartments.

Save the Date! You Don't Want to Miss This One!

FREE Admission, FREE Parking, FREE Children's Activities, FREE Entertainment

Monday, August 28, 2017

Keansburg Events: August 28th - September 3rd

Cancelled Due to Weather!
Farmers Market - Every Tuesday 4 to 8pm
NEW Vendors Every Week!
 Hosted by: Keansburg Recreation
By Baywalk East (9/11 Memorial)


Cancelled Due to Weather!
FREE Weekly Movies on the Beach - Every Tuesday 8pm
Grease -  Hosted by: Keansburg Recreation
By Baywalk East (9/11 Memorial)
Jaws Movie Trailer


Yoga on the Bay - Every Wednesday 7pm
By Baywalk East (9/11 Memorial)  Hosted by: Keansburg Recreation
 Classes are all levels and beginner friendly. $10.00 a class. You can pay when you arrive.
Bring a towel or yoga mat. (Towels are a little better on the sand)



FREE Weekly Concerts on the Beach - Every Friday 7pm

Under Pressure

  Hosted by: Keansburg Recreation
By Baywalk East (9/11 Memorial)
Facebook: Under Pressure


Come End the Summer with a Labor Day Celebration!!

First there were swans, then there were pizza slices, now there's a float for EVERYTHING! Bring your REALLY COOL floats to Keansburg Beach. 

Keansburg Recreation will be hosting this family friendly event. 

We will have Live Music, Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals Available, a Beer Garden, Food Vendors, Games & Hosting a Movie on the Beach at dusk. 

*Rain date September 3, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jersey Digs Published a Great Article on Keansburg!

Check out this article published in Jersey Digs

Keansburg Is a Bargain Beach Town but Not for Long


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Keansburg Beach with NYC skyline in the distance

Nicknamed the “Gem of the Bayshore,” Keansburg, New Jersey, is a beachside borough in Monmouth County less than 50 miles from New York City. Keansburg was battered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and it is still recovering, but great progress has been made as well, attracting events and investments that match the commitment of Keansburg’s earnest residents. Home to the oldest amusement park in the state and two miles of beach with views of the Manhattan skyline, Keansburg has a small town feel and big-time potential.
Originally the home of Lenni Lenape Indians, the area was settled by Europeans in the 17th and 18th Century and what is now Keansburg became a farming and clamming community called Granville–a nod to the grain industry. In 1884, a local pastor petitioned for a post office to be built in Granville and sent a list of 132 names to John Kean of Elizabeth, a candidate for Congress. The new post office was approved and the petitioning pastor’s wife became Granville’s first postmaster. And the borough was renamed Keansburg in honor of John Kean.

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Keansburg Historical Museum

Officially formed as a borough in March 1917, Keansburg is celebrating its centennial this year as well as experiencing a real renaissance. Gratitude Migration, a three-day festival on the beach, returned this summer for the third year in a row, bringing city-dwellers from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the Raritan Bay coastline for the weekend just as steamships did at the beginning of the last century.

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Gratitude Migration 2017

William Gelhaus was a major investor in Keansburg, building the Keansburg Amusement Park in 1904 and primarily founding The Keansburg Steamboat Company in 1910, offering roundtrip service from Battery Park to Keansburg for 50 cents–$12.45 today.
keansburg nj real estateNow, Keansburg is easily accessible by New Jersey Transit trains and buses as well as Academy bus lines and a New York Waterway Ferry from New York City that stops at nearby Belford. Mr. Cliff Moore, an extremely active resident who is not only a local restaurant owner but also an Economic Community Development Coordinator and the founder of the Keansburg Business Alliance, admits Keansburg was down and out even before Sandy.

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Empty storefronts along Carr Avenue

“The municipality has come a long way since Sandy but still has a long way to go,” said Mr. Moore. “The landscape of empty homes, businesses, and commercial buildings creates a great opportunity for investors, home buyers, and businesses. There have been over 15 new businesses that took the opportunity and opened in Keansburg since Sandy.”

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Cove on the Bay rental development under construction

Over $65 million in construction is currently underway and another $25 million is planned or on the drawing board, according to Mr. Moore. Among the new developments is Cove on the Bay, 184 luxury rentals and 10,000 square feet of retail, and Pier 260–a three-story restaurant with a rooftop bar and view of the City skyline.

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Runaway Rapids Waterpark

A condominium project offering over 200 residences is undergoing approval and Keansburg will also soon be home to the brand new Raritan Bay Brewery, opening this fall in a one- hundred-year-old building. “A new state-of-the-art police department is under construction as well as several new homes and improvement projects. Keansburg just built and opened a new school last year and is evolving into a year-round community,” said Mr. Moore. A new Recreation Department was also formed and planned over 50 beach events this year, including a Farmers’ Market, free movies, yoga, and free concerts.

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Low rent storefront on Carr Avenue

Everyone in Keansburg from the local volunteers to elected officials is participating in the rebirth of the town, but the rebuilt beach, below market real estate rates, available tax abatements, and proximity to New York City, not to mention views of Manhattan from the beach, speak for Keansburg and its unlimited potential. “In the next two to three years,” said Mr. Moore, “many people will be scratching their heads, asking themselves how did they pass up the opportunities Keansburg is currently offering.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Keansburg Mural Project is Awarded a Grant

Keansburg Mural Project Prepares for Phase II

Dr Sketchy of Asbury Park was awarded a $1,500 Grant from the Ocean First Foundation and The Monmouth Arts Council to The Keansburg Mural Project.  The Project is financed from donations and local artists are selected to paint Murals on Sandy damaged commercial buildings that have not yet been restored in Keansburg.

This Grant money will use for Phase II of the Project.  The sites are are sought and recommended by Cliff Moore, Keansburg's Economic Community Development Coordinator, to the Governing Body after receiving permission from the property owners.  Once the site is approved then Tim Lucas (DrSketchy of Asbury Park) selects a local artist that sketches a concept rendering that is approved by the Mayor and Council before the work is started.

There are currently 5 Locations on Lower Carr Ave and on Beachway that have Murals in progress.  The goal is to have the murals complete by the Centennial Celebration Weekend in October.

Anyone with suggestions for the placement of murals or to learn more can contact Cliff Moore.

It's only fitting that a Titan be part of the project:

The Promethean Project is the work of 
Keansburg Artist Michael D Zielinski.    

The mural is about Prometheus who is a Titan in Greek mythology, best known as the deity in Greek mythology who was the creator of humanity and its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to humankind. As a Keansburg Titan himself, Michael though it was appropriate to be included in the Keansburg Mural Project.

This Mural can be found at the intersection of Carr and Center Avenues.