August 23, 2013 |
THE ATLANTIC City Alliance has garnered praise for such big-time initiatives as the free 3-D light show at Boardwalk Hall and Nik Wallenda 's global-publicity-generating high-wire strut over the beach in 2012. But another project has helped the seaside resort project an image far more subtle than that of a high-voltage, 24/7 party town. Launched last year, ARTlantic is designed to bolster Atlantic City as a tourist destination with public-art displays at two Boardwalk locations.
August 13, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - Becki Freiberg and Justin Crean ambled along the boardwalk, arms laced around one another with python intensity. In the Sunday afternoon crowd, among the bobbling bellies, deep cleavage, and large acres of exposed flesh, they seemed relatively well-dressed. Freiberg wore short shorts that revealed large, edgy cat tattoos on her thighs. Her low-cut T-shirt exposed her bra in the back. She had made the trip from Philadelphia to the Shore via Harley with Crean, a cosmetology student from Northeast Philadelphia whose loose, unbuttoned shirt was drawn open like curtains on the hairless stage of his chest.
August 12, 2013 |
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck, and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress.
August 12, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When Miss America returns to the Queen of Resorts next month after nearly eight years in Las Vegas, much is at stake for both. Since 2006, reality TV has put a sting into pageant viewership, while bruising casino competition from surrounding states has sapped this town's main industry and lifeblood. Miss America and Atlantic City - while perfect together - are each fighting for survival and relevancy. Each is trying to make a comeback against the odds and the backdrop of a city that many say has more grit, crime, and dilapidated buildings than when Miss A departed for the glitz of Vegas in January 2006.
July 26, 2013
There was a moment in recent years (a brief one) when new additions to the Ocean City boardwalk had a vaguely healthy-forward approach. They didn't last long in the land of funnel cakes. This season's boardwalk newcomer, Botto's Sausage Express, has few such pretensions. But it has at least sprung from a genuine place, the region's deep well of classic Italian sandwiches as interpreted by the family behind Botto's, a local supermarket sausage brand, and the restaurant in Swedesboro.
July 21, 2013 |
Atlantic City's iconic diving horses won't be there. Shiloh and Amir and all those other audience-thrilling equines have gone to the big Water Tank in the Sky. But one of their warm-up acts, Rich "Cannonball" Carty, will be among those gathering Saturday for a reunion of the Steel Pier's performers, workers, and patrons. "The pier was a part of my life," said Carty, 73, who as a young man would climb into a little car atop a 50-foot high tower, have it plunge down a track, and then do a midair backflip over the water before oohing crowds.
July 15, 2013 |
For runners across the country, it's half- and full-marathon training season. Here in the Philadelphia area, it's also Jersey Shore season, which means we're tossing running shoes and shorts into our duffle bags along with flip-flops and bathing suits. You have a few different running options when you're on a Jersey Shore vacation. Here are the pros and cons of each. Something to keep in mind for all three: The Shore doesn't offer a lot of shade, so make sure to wear sunblock and/or a hat, or get out before or after the sun brings out the sunbathers.
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.
June 23, 2013
Plane explodes amid stunt; 2 die CINCINNATI - A plane carrying a wing walker crashed Saturday at an air show and exploded into flames, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the plane turning upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames.