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Location DB > United States > New Jersey > Asbury Park > The Metropolitan Hotel
 Name
The Metropolitan Hotel
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 Database Info
created by Anonymous on 1/26/2006 12:08 AM
last modified by Anonymous on 6/26/2021 2:22 AM
 Viewability
Publically Viewable Publically Viewable
This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
The hotel itself is in extremely poor repair. The floors should be tested before each step. Some of the rooms near the interior courtyard have begun to collapse. Not just the floors - the rooms themselves, walls and all, are slanting in; some whole rooms have partially fallen into the courtyard. Extreme caution is advised in this area.

The motel is much more sound - I put my shoe through a stair climbing to the top floor, but in general the walls are secure enough and most of the floors aren't in terrible shape.

Architectually, the hotel is marvelous and the motel is mediocre. See pictures for a better idea.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
309 Asbury Avenue
Asbury Park, New Jersey
United States
Owner: Some dumbass private citizen who wants to bulldoze it
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Slippery floors, collapsing stairs, et cetera.
  •  Interesting Features
    Gorgeous entryway; highly-decayed, but clearly once fantastic, architecture; old-school lift.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  • Alarms with motion sensors (see story), frequent police patrols
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1900
    Closed: 1989
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Hardhat, climbing gear
     History
    The Metropolitan Hotel opened around the turn of the century, and was for many years one of the grandest hotels on the East coast. Boasting over 150 rooms, some with their own private bathtubs (!), the Metropolitan was the place to be in this jumpin' resort town for those that could afford it.

    In the 1950s, the Metropolitan Motel was appended to the side of the Hotel, adding another 100+ rooms.

    1987 Longtime owners Martin and Sylvia Weinblatt received $2.25 million for their hotel when they sold it to Jersey City developers Karim Ahmed Elsaid and Gomaa Elsaid, who filed for bankruptcy protection the next year.

    1989 The Metropolitan closed its doors

    1993 The Metropolitan is purchased by a group of Morristown investors called 309 Corp., who purchased the property for $150,000(from a group that acquired it from a bank for $10,150 earlier that year). 309 Corp had planned to open the 38-room hotel annex to people who needed housing in Asbury Park while they sought financing, but the city turned down their request because of changed zoning laws.

    2009 The Metropolitan is razed, it remains an empty lot as of 2021.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    The owner of this building is fighting to have it removed from the register of historic locations so he can bulldoze it. So far, he has met with little success.
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    Metropolitan Hotel
    Fri, Mar 10th, 2006
    posted by PAexplorations
    21 pictures
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    the metro in feb.
    Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
    posted by Etownconcretex
    8 pictures
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    Demolition
    Sat, Mar 8th, 2008
    posted by Senseriffic
    6 pictures
     


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/26/2021 2:22 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 26 21 at 2:22, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Jun 26 21 at 2:22, Anonymous changed the following: History, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jun 25 21 at 19:49, Anonymous changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, History, Year Closed
  • on Jul 24 08 at 5:05, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Mar 8 08 at 20:37, Anonymous added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 8 08 at 19:58, Anonymous created a new gallery
  • on Mar 8 08 at 19:56, Anonymous changed the following: Status
  • on Apr 27 07 at 19:54, Anonymous validated this location
  • on Apr 27 07 at 17:38, Anonymous updated gallery the metro in feb.
  • on Apr 27 07 at 17:36, Anonymous added some pictures to a gallery
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