Red Bank New Jersey
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Red Bank New Jersey Brief History:
A small, 1.7 Square Mile town situated at the head of the Navesink River, Red Bank has roots that date back to the 1600’s. English Settlers that made their livelihood fishing the New Jersey coast slowly began to migrate inland. There were rich oyster beds throughout Monmouth County that provided settlers with a solid economic base. Seafood and produce were harvested in Red Bank and shipped north to New York City. Thus, Red Bank became a thriving port.
Red Bank was not incorporated into a borough until 1908. Up until the 1980’s, like many towns, Red Bank had its fair share of down times. As recently as the 1980’s, the vacancy rate of Red Bank’s storefronts was as high as 35%. Action was taken in the 1990’s to give the town a complete face-lift. And boy, did it work! Red Bank enjoys a reputation as the hub of activity in Monmouth County. Approximately 80,000 people descend on Red Bank daily to work at such companies as Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and Dean Witter.
Visitors to Red Bank will be charmed by it’s beautiful brick sidewalks and Victorian street lamps. Food lovers will appreciate a dining and nightlife scene that rivals New York City’s Greenwich Village. Shop-aholics will enjoy top notch antiquing, art galleries and funky boutiques.
And for the music lovers – there is Count Basie Theatre, named after the legendary jazz pianist that was born in Red Bank in 1904. Built in 1926, the theatre is a beautiful place to take in a concert, play, or if you are lucky enough to get tickets, the yearly charity concert by locals Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi.
Red Bank is a town for all seasons. In June, the annual “Riverfest” Jazz Festival, held over a three-day period, draws approximately 160,000 visitors. And to the delight of over 150,000 people, Red Bank is host to New Jersey’s largest fireworks display every July 3rd. During Christmas, thousands of lights adorn the streets, transforming the town into a winter wonderland. A trolley shuttle transports weary shoppers between the heart of Red Bank and the Grove Shopping Mall in Shrewsbury.
Plan a trip to Red Bank – you won’t be disappointed. At only an hour’s ride from New York City, it’s a fabulous day or weekend trip!