October 13, 2011 |
DAY AFTER DAY, Leo the lion sat in a sidecar bolted to a speeding cart, going around and around the Motordrome Wall of Death's rickety planks on the Wildwood boardwalk, the salty ocean air blowing through his thick mane as children squealed with excitement. While Leo captured all that attention, a lesser lion named Tuffy lay caged on the boardwalk by day and beneath it at night. Tuffy never felt the wind whipping though his scroungy mane on the Motordrome's steep wooden walls.
July 4, 2010 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - In this cozy Shore town sandwiched between Atlantic City and Margate, there's a newfound freedom in the boardwalk air. Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say, there's just a little less control in the controlled chaos that is the Ventnor boardwalk, where the high season of bicycles, strollers, walkers, joggers, and, most prominent, schmoozers kicked in Saturday morning in perfect sunshine and heat. But with one thing missing: the boardwalk cops, a.k.a.
July 16, 2007 |
WILDWOOD - The motherly tone is somewhere between "Eat your peas" and "Take a jacket. " Lois Stangel's recorded voice, imploring riders to "Watch the tram car, please," has become almost as synonymous with the Wildwood boardwalk experience as the blue-and-yellow sightseer trams themselves. In a few weeks, though, officials here might boastfully ask riders to "watch this tram car, please" as they unveil four spiffy new ones, the first cars added to the fleet in more than 40 years.
August 6, 1997 |
A gas main underneath the Atlantic City Boardwalk burst into flames yesterday, scattering pedestrians and forcing evacuations of nearby buildings, fire officials said. The two-alarm fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. in front of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum near New York Avenue, said Atlantic City Deputy Fire Chief Stanley Baker. Firefighters used a backhoe to pull up the wood planks to reach the source of the fire. They brought it under control in about 90 minutes, while billowing smoke clogged the museum, nearby storefronts and the Atlantic Palace, a high-rise hotel on the Boardwalk, Baker said.
August 22, 1988 |
It was supposed to be a pleasant day trip to Atlantic City. Anne Marie and John Kotlowski of North Arlington, N.J., were going to have lunch, play the slot machines, and just while away a rainy Friday afternoon. "We had just arrived, and we were going over to the Ocean One Mall to get something to eat," John Kotlowski said yesterday. "Then someone said, 'Look out!' and I looked up to see a van racing down the Boardwalk. "It skinned me and hit her. " Anne Marie Kotlowski was struck by the van as it careened down a 35-block stretch of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Friday afternoon.
January 3, 2013 |
For some, a boardwalk conjures up memories of summer afternoons running from beach to arcade and back again; for others, it brings to mind the chaotic nightlife chronicled in the reality show Jersey Shore . But for the summer towns that dot New Jersey's coast, boardwalks are an economic lifeline that they are rushing to rebuild before the summer season starts in just under six months. "The boardwalk will be back," vowed Seaside Heights Councilman Tony Vaz. "It has to be. We have to survive.
March 28, 2011 |
It takes strong legs to push Atlantic City's famed rolling chairs down the boardwalk, but one owner feels a rival's been rolling him for years because of political connections. Two companies, Ocean Rolling Chairs and Royal Rolling Chairs, operate the approximately 300 iconic chairs used to ferry tourists from one casino to another, and for the most part they don't get along. John Taimanglo, owner of Ocean, claims in a federal lawsuit that he's lost profits because of harassment and unfair treatment by the city and he blames Royal's owners.
February 27, 2013 |
AVON, N.J. - This Jersey Shore town, facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rain forest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, isn't backing down. Avon, in Monmouth County, says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood. At a meeting Monday night, several environmental groups asked the Borough Commission to reconsider but were rebuffed. "There is a consensus to move ahead," Commissioner Frank Gorman said after hearing nearly two hours of objections from residents and out-of-town environmentalists.
September 7, 2010
Atlantic City authorities were trying to determine who drew swastikas and wrote racial slurs and lewd remarks on a pillar near the Boardwalk over the weekend. An officer noticed the graffiti near the Columbia Avenue pavilion during his patrol Monday morning and notified the division that investigates bias crimes, said Detective Sgt. Angelo Maimone. The graffiti, which had been scribbled with a black marker, were removed after authorities photographed the images. Maimone said that it appeared to be an isolated incident, but that information had been forwarded to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice for review.
April 2, 2012
A drunken joyride along the Atlantic City boardwalk on Monday afternoon left John Thompson, 28, of Staten Island, N.Y., in police custody and a 33-year-old man hospitalized, police said. About 12:40 p.m., Atlantic City Police spotted Thompson driving on the boardwalk next to the Trump Plaza casino near Florida Avenue and signaled for him to stop the car. Thompson sped nearly a mile south on the boards until he got off at Providence Avenue, then led police on a chase that ended at the toll plaza for the Atlantic City Expressway.