Congratulations Red Bank! Voted #3 out of 20 Top Small Towns USA

From the Berkshires to the Cascades, we’ve crunched the numbers  and pulled a list some of the most interesting spots around the country

  • By Susan Spano and Aviva Shen
  • Smithsonian magazine, May 2012

3. Red Bank, NJ

Willie Nelson sings and Basie swings in a riverfront town graced by  Victoriana. William Count Basie grew up and got his musical chops on  Mechanic Street in Red Bank. In the early 1920s he moved to Harlem and the rest  is jazz history, to the tune of the “One O’Clock Jump.” His hometown on the  south bank of the Navesink River about 25 miles south of Manhattan went through  some lean, mean times after that, but has since made an astonishing cultural and  economic comeback, linchpinned by the refurbishment of the 1926 Carlton Theater,  now the Count Basie performing arts center, a venue for ballet to rock to Willie  Nelson. Cafés, galleries, clubs and shops followed, along with farmers markets  and street fairs, attracting people from well-heeled Monmouth County and the  Jersey Shore. Town folk (pop. 12,200) went to work on neglected old homes with  good bones, the landmark Victorian train depot was restored and the silver was  polished at the Molly Pitcher Inn, named for a Revolutionary War heroine who is  said to have brought water to thirsty soldiers serving under George Washington  during the Battle of Monmouth County. The Navesink got a spiffy waterfront park,  the setting for jazz concerts in the summer and iceboating when the river  freezes; string quartets and youth choruses perform at the Monmouth Conservatory  of Music, while the Two River Theater Company stages new plays and musicals. It  all adds up to a model for small-town renewal. — SS


About Maria Paulina Pagano

As a Realtor for the last twenty years and a Monmouth County resident for twenty-four years, I have accumulated extensive and invaluable knowledge of the Real Estate Market and Market Trends. Member of Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex MLS.
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