October 4, 2014 |
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, an $18 million concrete walkway that seemingly floats atop the Schuylkill with spectacular views of University City and Center City, opened to the public Thursday. Officials and citizens praised the sleek walkway as an amenity that will endure for generations. Supported by caissons drilled into the riverbed between Locust and South Streets, the 15-foot-wide walkway is the latest milestone in a years-long effort to convert eight miles of the industrial banks of the Schuylkill into interconnecting walking, cycling, and running trails between the Delaware River and the Fairmount Dam. With a ramp to the walkway visible behind them, Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and other dignitaries took to a podium under overcast skies to lavish the project with accolades.
September 1, 2002 |
Jack Webb can't remember how long he's been living under the Atlantic City Boardwalk. At least two years, maybe longer. He's only 53, but his memory fails him most of the time. "I really don't know what I'm going to do," Webb said. "I've been drinking so heavy that I'm going through DTs (delirium tremens). I start shaking and everything. I need to go to the hospital. " In Atlantic City, where tourists drop thousands at the casinos in a single night, so many people live under the Boardwalk that city officials do sweeps there twice a month.
July 13, 2003 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The local kids await the return of Rob Holt. He is the best in their midst, and their crowd - call them goth, punks, freaks, whatever, they don't really care - tends to outclass the summer people. When he shows up on the boardwalk at 7:25 p.m. - dressed all in black, boots laced up to his knees under heavy pants, hair dyed black but eyes still baby blue - the wispy Holt, 17, generates an immediate buzz. He looks as if he's headed to hang out with the others as they complain about being hassled by the cops, compare pinky-size holes in their ears - a tangle of brooding and chains and spiky hairdos herded inside the green box painted on the boardwalk to designate a smoking zone.
July 6, 1989 |
The word in Atlantic City is that Mike Tyson was so smitten with a boardwalk sales clerk he dated earlier this week that he bought her a diamond watch. This mystery woman, who reportedly works at the trendy Gucci store, must not have read the recent book excerpt that quoted Tyson as bragging that one of his haymakers sent ex-wife Robin Givens caroming off their apartment walls like a pinball. Or maybe this woman can take a punch. Either way, she doesn't seem scared. Tyson has his own theory.
August 21, 1988 |
A Sicklerville man was arrested Friday by Atlantic City police and charged with resisting and eluding police after they said he drove a van for 35 blocks on the Boardwalk, striking two women. Adam R. Bailey, 27, an employee of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, drove a van onto the Boardwalk near the Tropicana Hotel & Casino about 1:30 p.m. Friday and crashed through a construction barricade, Patrolman Kirk Sutton Sr. said. The van traveled east, striking the two women, and continued along the Boardwalk for 35 blocks at an estimated 30 m.p.h.
September 15, 2013 |
SEASIDE PARK, N.J.- The day after a raging fire devastated a four-block stretch of boardwalk, children woke to see the skeletal remains of beloved carnival rides, merchants peered into stores charred black against a brilliant blue sky, and firefighters, weary from a night of battling one of the worst blazes in state history, continued to douse smoldering timbers late into the afternoon. The cause of the fire, which began at Kohr's Custard Stand around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is still under investigation.
July 4, 2012
A blackout on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk Tuesday night resulted in several chaotic and scary minutes for Shore revelers. Atlantic City Electric reported more than 53,000 customers were without power across South Jersey around 10:50 p.m. Many of those outages were caused by last weekend's storm. There was no immediate information about how extensive Tuesday's outage in Ocean City was. Frank Seravalli, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, said he was at Playland's Castaway Cove when, around 10:20 p.m., "all of the sudden the lights go out. " Small children started screaming while parents frantically tried to locate them.
June 30, 1999 |
The Atlantic City Seagulls walked the walk again Monday night in the United States Basketball League. So today, they will get to ride the Boardwalk in a victory parade back home. Coach Kevin Mackey's squad became the league's three-peat champions in Salina, Kan., by beating the Connecticut Skyhawks, 83-77. "If you can't be a player, it's great to be an owner," owner Ken Gross said. "One thing even better than being an owner is being a winning owner. " Despite the title, Gross has said he expects to sell or disband the team, citing a lack of fan support.
September 6, 2014 |
The hand-carved carousel in Seaside Heights, a longtime boardwalk staple that was set to be sold in an auction, is back from the dead. Borough officials introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would allow Seaside Heights to acquire the 104-year-old ride, coined the Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Historic Dentzel/Looff Carousel. The owners of Casino Pier - who were planning to sell it - would receive oceanfront property in exchange, according to the ordinance. The man whose name the carousel bears said Thursday he was "ecstatic" about the plan.
July 1, 1988 |
For 101 years, the most chic way to travel the Boardwalk has been in a rolling chair, a wheeled wicker vehicle in which two or three can ride beneath a gaily colored canvas canopy, pushed by a young man with strong legs and enough charm to talk walkers out of at least $5. Now Stuart McGinniss and Ernest English say they want to revive another idea for Boardwalk transit: electric rolling chairs. For most of the last week, the two entrepreneurs have run what they say is an electrified rolling chair for five along the boards, picking up riders for $1 each.