Uncovering the History of Bradley Beach, NJ

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Bradley Beach

Bradley Beach, New Jersey, is a borough in Monmouth County. The town is 75.1 miles north of Atlantic City, taking the Garden State Parkway up the coast. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean, with Sylvan Lake forming its southern border and Lake Terrace lining its northern edge. The main roadways are Ocean Avenue, Main Street, and Brinley Avenue. 


The borough was named after the wealthy Manhattan developer James Adam Bradley. Along with William B. Bradner, Bradley purchased 54 acres of land known at the time as Ocean Park and part of the Ocean Township. Despite the appeal from the citizens, the area was separated from the township and was officially incorporated in 1893. In 1925 the New Jersey Legislature would confirm the town a borough. 


In the late 1960s, the area was home to the well-known rock musician Bruce Springsteen. Along with his fellow bandmates, Lopez, his drummer, and Federici, his keyboardist, he moved to the area.  Springsteen and his girlfriend, Diane Lozito, rented a garage apartment in a house off 5th Avenue. He was born just 8.3 miles north in Long Branch and would go on to write many of his songs about New Jersey. In this apartment in Bradley Beach, he would write the song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)."

The area offers many attractions and places to visit, such as: 

  • Bradley Brew Project
  • Showroom Cinema Bradley Beach
  • D'Arcy's Tavern
  • Summertime Surf School

The area is also home to many bed and breakfast establishments like the following:

  • The Sandcastle Inn - located on 3rd Avenue
  • Bradley Beach Inn - located on Ocean Park Avenue
  • Bradley Beach Rentals - situated along Ocean Avenue
  • Tranquility Rentals - located on 3rd Avenue


Bradley Beach saw a decrease in population from 4,793 in 2000 to 4,298 in 2010. The racial breakdown of the area was the following:

  • 85.06% white
  • 4.96% African American
  • 19.54% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.81% Asian 
  • 0.42% Native American
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 5.21% other races
  • 2.51% two or more races

As many as 55.29% of the area's population have a college degree. The average household income was $59,792, and family income was $75,575. The occupational makeup of the residents is the following:

  • 14.57% office and administrative support
  • 11.5% sales and service positions
  • 9.42% business and financial occupations

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