August 6, 2004
As an adult, I find the expression trite now. But as a child, I thought it a truly magical destination. It was the boardwalk in Wildwood - the only place I ever wanted to be. Its path was infinite, impossible to conquer in a single night from Sportland to Fun Pier. To this day, I can still smell the creosote that permeated the air on a humid August night. I can recall walking with my parents, wondering where all those rides, lights and arcades had come from. Who put them there, and why?
July 1, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - There have been many odd incarnations for this Jersey Shore beach town. And nearly all of them seem to have set this place apart as a somewhat eccentric and perhaps even peculiar place compared with other Jersey resorts. This, after all, is where a city councilman once undertook a moonlit dismantlement of the boardwalk and where a collection of ticky-tacky 1950s motels has evolved into a treasured historical architectural style. Wildwood by one claim could be the birthplace of rock and roll.
July 22, 1991 |
The officially appointed screening panel convened at 9 a.m. Friday for a 3 1/2-hour meeting inside the Red Lips Saloon in TropWorld Casino & Entertainment Resort at Brighton and the Boardwalk - up in the second-floor, indoor "Tivoli Pier," which is past the Ferris-wheel marquee and the sand- castle roller coaster and the "Knockdown" and "Three-in-Line" pitch- ball booths, and beyond the skee-ball booth as well as the "Jersey Derby" and "Milk Cans"...
July 20, 2007 |
To Anthony Catanoso, it has never been a question of whether there should be an amusement park on the Steel Pier, but how he was going to sustain it. "I tell people that I just prepared for the eighth anniversary of our last year," said Catanoso, the president of Atlantic Amusements, which, with the help of the Trump Organization, revived the rides on Atlantic City's most famous pier 14 years ago. Last year, though, the Trump Organization, which...
August 29, 1988 |
Nine businesses were destroyed and fifteen people suffered minor injuries when a stubborn fire erupted before dawn along the boardwalk yesterday, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damage. More than 100 firefighters from several Cape May County communities battled the blaze in the 3900 block of the boardwalk for more than six hours before bringing it under control about 10:15 a.m. The boardwalk itself did not appear to be damaged. The fire occurred in one of the last rows of old wood-frame buildings on the boardwalk.
January 10, 2009 |
It's deja vu all over again on the Jersey Shore, where Wildwood officials are trying to finish a $3.5 million boardwalk renovation as the calendar marches briskly toward spring. In an uncanny coincidence, the resort finds itself in a predicament involving a boardwalk, a deadline, and a controversial rain-forest hardwood, just as Ocean City - its Cape May County neighbor 25 miles north - did this time last year. On one side of a gaping hole in his town's beloved promenade is Wildwood's sweating mayor, pondering what will become of 2 1/2 blocks of the boardwalk's most heavily trafficked section.
December 12, 1988 |
The arson unit of the Atlantic City Fire Department yesterday examined the debris of a fire that ravaged the Boardwalk entrance to the Steeplechase Pier, destroying six vacant buildings and a fast-food restaurant. "We're going through the debris, piece by piece, and so far we haven't uncovered anything suspicious," said William Glenn, deputy fire chief. On Saturday, 125 firefighters barricaded the Boardwalk and battled the fire for more than seven hours before it was brought under control.
February 14, 1990 |
Bob Pantalena's feet know the Boardwalk. They know it as something far different from the honky-tonk piers, Miss America parades and saltwater taffy shops that make up its celebrated history. They know the Boardwalk close up. Intimately. In more than 10 years of running, Pantalena's feet have pounded on pine from the South, jarrah from Australian eucalyptus trees and, more recently, betha bara from the jungles of Brazil. If you ask Pantalena, director of the Boardwalk Runners St. Patrick's Day Run, his feet will go with the betha bara any day. "It's a gigantic improvement," he said.
June 30, 2000 |
This is the tale of one single mom, two kids and three Jersey boardwalks. Our trio of thrill-seekers (me, my daughter, Katie, 13, and son, Ryan, 10) set out to determine which resort's boardwalk had more bang for the buck: Wildwood, North Wildwood or Ocean City. The catch was that we could spend no more than $75, or two hours, in any one resort. First, a confession. As un-American as it may sound, I hate boardwalks. Actually, I like the boardwalk because it's next to the ocean.
September 19, 2013 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Nearly a year after Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, investigators said Tuesday its severe flooding may have compromised belowground electrical wiring and equipment in a building that housed a frozen custard stand and candy store, and sparked a fire that destroyed four blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said 27 investigators from federal, state, and county agencies had worked more than 40 hours in the four days since the fire to conclude a criminal investigation that determined that Thursday's blaze, which gutted as many as 50 businesses, was accidental.