Less than a month after Asbury Park, N.J., broke ground on a waterfront redevelopment project, Bruce Springsteen rendered his verdict on a planned condominium called the Rising, the same name as his
Less than a month after Asbury Park, N.J., broke ground on a waterfront redevelopment project, Bruce Springsteen rendered his verdict on a planned condominium called the Rising, the same name as his Grammy-winning album and song.
The Boss called the name a "mistake." Almost immediately the developer agreed to change it, city Manager Terry Reidy said yesterday (Nov. 8). He said the turnabout was sparked by a letter the rocker wrote to a local weekly newspaper, and praised Springsteen, who lives nearby, for his continuing devotion to Asbury Park.
Springsteen, a Monmouth County native who rose to fame playing Asbury Park clubs as the city's fortunes declined, wrote that he agreed with the newspaper's assessment that "it's time for a little originality on the waterfront."
"First, 'The Rising' was written in the shadow of September 11th and should remain connected to the heartbreak and courage of that day," Springsteen wrote in a letter to the triCityNews. "I respectfully ask the city fathers and developers to place both my and my song's names out of the running for any new buildings, streets, hot dog stands (well, maybe hot dog stands) as the city moves toward its exciting future."
The 224-unit building is being built by Metro Homes LLC of Hoboken and is part of a $1.2 billion redevelopment project that includes two other condo projects.
Metro Homes officials said they will have a contest for city children to suggest a new name, with the winner receiving a $10,000 savings bond and the winner's school getting $5,000.
In other Springsteen news, the artist made his fifth straight appearance at the annual Light of Day benefit concert over the weekend at Asbury Park's Stone Pony. Springsteen joined Joe Grushecky for such tracks as "Atlantic City," "This Hard Land" and "Code of Silence."
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