August 7, 2016 |
A judge ruled Friday that an Atlantic City man can keep his longtime property, saying the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's attempt to take over the building lacked "any specific and viable plans" and was a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power. " Charles Birnbaum, 69, owns the three-story brick house along Oriental Avenue a block from the ocean. His parents bought it in 1969. In 1998, an intruder killed his mother and her live-in caretaker there. Birnbaum then created a piano studio in the home to memorialize her, and currently runs his casino piano-tuning business there.
August 5, 2016 |
Atlantic City's Claridge Hotel will become a Radisson-branded property in early October, according to Radisson's Minnetonka, Minn.-based parent company, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor spokesman Ben Gardeen, who confirmed the change Wednesday, declined to share any further details about the branding arrangement with Claridge's owner, TJM Properties. TJM spokeswoman Anne Sweeney did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The Clearwater, Fla-based company acquired the Claridge in 2014 and has since made improvements to the property that include the addition of a rooftop bar and new conference rooms.
August 5, 2016 |
The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City will close after Labor Day weekend, in part because of a workers' strike, its owner said Wednesday. "Currently the Taj is losing multimillions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability," Tony Rodio, head of Taj Mahal manager Tropicana Entertainment Inc., said in a statement. About 1,000 workers have been striking since July 1 after negotiations fell apart over health and pension benefits. "How petty.
August 4, 2016 |
THIS YEAR is shaping up as a milestone for Aaron Neville. The three-time Grammy-winning singer turned 75 in January, marked the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough hit, "Tell It Like It Is," and released Apache , his first solo album for which he cowrote most of the songs. Since the early 1960s, Neville has occasionally composed songs for his solo work and with the Neville Brothers, the band he fronted with his siblings Art, Charles, and Cyril. He took it a step further with Apache , writing or cowriting 10 of the 11 songs on the CD, with help from collaborators Eric Krasno, the album's producer, and Dave Gutter.
August 3, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY No tax windfall The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's property development mandate brings significant investment to Atlantic City. The lots we own, in terms of their current value, are insignificant to remediating the city's dire fiscal condition compared with CRDA's ability to assemble properties and leverage projects that create jobs and revenue for the city. CRDA-owned, nontaxable property cannot provide some windfall to the city. CRDA owns 111 acres, yet only 8.5 remain suitable for development.
August 3, 2016 |
THIS IS NOT an endorsement of Donald J. Trump. Unlike (most of) you, I met him and I covered him during his high-kick Atlantic City days. So has my colleague Jenice Armstrong, who liked that he always returned her calls quickly. Personally. Who wouldn't? He didn't return my calls so quickly, but I'm not as nice as Jenice. In case you hadn't noticed. I'm going back almost 30 years, to when The Donald was Atlantic City's Biggest Deal, at one time owning three casinos.
July 28, 2016 |
Emma Sanders was late to the Mississippi delegation's breakfast Tuesday, almost skipped it altogether, the exhausting first night of the Democratic National Convention having taken its toll on the great-grandmother. But when she finally arrived, she was in fine spirits, ready to talk about the momentous time in Atlantic City, when she was a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate. It has been 52 years. The 1964 convention in Boardwalk Hall was the last time the Democratic Party held its national gathering in the area, and the bad reviews that came out of Atlantic City were a punch to the gut for the resort.
July 22, 2016 |
The T-shirt election on the Jersey Shore boardwalks is indicating a clear winner - Donald Trump. Or maybe, as Arie Naccache said as he stood outside his Wildwood shop, people just "like the jokey ones. " For whatever reason, visitors at the Shore are snapping up shirts with pro-Trump themes more frequently than those backing the Republican presidential candidate's expected Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. And, yes, there's a wide variety of shirts with Trump's trademark slogan, "Make America Great Again.
July 18, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Gino Iovino doubled down and risked it all on Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Where others saw gritty urban facades with little to offer, Iovino saw diamonds in the rough. First, he gambled on an Italian restaurant - Girasole Ristorante, at 13th and Locust Streets - in 1990, when there was not as much of a food scene in downtown Philadelphia. It became a hit, so he took the concept, and name, to Atlantic City two years later. Fast-forward to 2016. He's wagering again, this time on a pair of retail stores in what was once the Pier at Caesars, now called the Playground.