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The complex at Pier Village is relatively new to the Long Branch area. They have taken a section that used to be a fishing pier and break-wall and a bar and a parking lot and turned it into a yuppie place. There are places of business at the street level and up-scale condos and apartments above.
The shoppes (spelling is in the yuppie tradition) include names like: The Stone Hut (jewelry); Space Interiors (furniture); Nirvana or Jenna & Molly (clothing); Paws and Pose (pet stuff and pictures). There are several food courts and restaurants: Stewarts for sandwiches and fries; Its Greek To Me for Greek deli; Ceriello for meats and cheeses; Avenue beach Club for fine dining and entertainment; Carmellas for specialty desserts.
And to draw the crowds (and entertain the yuppie tenants), they have special events like clothing shows and evening concerts and sales tents which they put up in the central square when weather permits. Seasonally they also have live theater, concerts, farmers markets, arts and crafts exhibits, food festivals, ice skating and horse-drawn carriages rides.
It is a very nice place to stop in and see what's happenin'.
Updated Dec 27, 2007
Address: Centennial Drive
Crime stats for Long Branch: (annual information)
1 murder, 5 rapes, 50 robberies, 90 assaults, 1200 thefts/burglaries.
these stats put Long Branch below average for crime risk which makes it a fairly safe place to visit.
there are 3 sexual offenders registered in the greater Long Branch region. (see website below).
Use common sense. Lock doors. Use the latch-chain on the motel room. Don't leave valuables laying around but put them in the motel safebox. Don't go out to unfamiliar places alone or late at night. In other words, use a few precautions and have a safe, happy trip to Long Branch.
Updated Dec 27, 2007
Favorite thing: http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=WLNBM&lid=CNXCCE
That link will get you to a real-time weather cam where you can check out the current conditions in the Long Branch area. The location is 20 Parker Road in West Long Branch.
Written Dec 1, 2007