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Brick, New Jersey, is mostly road to the casual eye, and the public transportation is nothing to speak of.  Basically, there seems to be nothing here.  Of course, that’s if you don’t count strip developments and a lot of commercially zoned property.  As far as I can see, there’s not a whole lot of bars, and, again, to the casual eye, there doesn’t seem to be much to do in the town.  Of course, this is New Jersey, which means the Seaside and Point Pleasant boardwalks are not that far away.    But then again, to get anywhere in a lot of New Jersey, one needs a car.

And that had me wondering.  I’m often curious as to what teenagers actually do in Brick Township.  I could always ask my community college students, but that seemed a touch too nosey.  Still, to an outsider, it seems that the suburban youth of my town have actually little to do at all.  Here’s my case:  if you go to Brick’s Barnes and Noble on a friday night, teenagers hang out not only in front of the bookstore, but also Rite Aid, Chuck E. Cheese, Applebee’s, and other places along the storefronts.  They are loud, obnoxious, and seem to congregate in packs.  I don’t mean any ill will by this, because as I said, they’re teenagers, after all.  Yet, when there isn’t a whole bunch of options but to stand in front of Barnes and Noble and smoke cigarettes, mischief is bound to happen.  Consider the following bit of graffiti, found in the shopping center, near where many of Brick teens hang out.



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