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.
August 3, 2014 |
Even the Grammy-nominated country superstar Blake Shelton was impressed by the turnout for Thursday's free beach concert in Atlantic City. "That's got to be some kind of fire hazard," he said, looking out at the ocean of people. The show - a huge success for the beleaguered resort - had some crowd-control challenges given the massive turnout, which officials said they aim to fix for Sunday's second free show, featuring Lady Antebellum. Police reported no arrests and only minor incidents like dehydration.
July 28, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Every mayor of this vexing town deals with its ghosts at some point and maybe that is why they are drawn to very physically take in the entire place every day. Jim Whelan rowed or swam around the city's back bay and ocean. Lorenzo Langford walked the Boardwalk in a track suit. Now, it is Don Guardian's turn. And sure enough, this Atlantic City mayor's days begin with a 6:30 a.m. bicycle ride the length of the Boardwalk and back to his home near Gardner's Basin.
July 4, 2014 |
Unseasonably warm ocean temperatures, mostly sunny weekends, and pent-up feelings that linger from the bitter winter have launched a successful start to the summer season at the Jersey Shore. That's the sense many business owners, tourism officials, lifeguards, beach-tag sellers, and Realtors get after assessing the beach crowds that have materialized so far, two years after Sandy. They also expect the July Fourth weekend to continue the good fortune and boost the outlook for the rest of the summer.
June 6, 2014 |
DESPITE THE seemingly daily drumbeat of bad news from Atlantic City, there are still 11 casino-hotels in business, and each one is continuously devising ways to attract and keep customers. From new shows and beach bars to old-favorite restaurants, from spa treatments to ultracool hangouts, there is plenty to see and do (and eat and drink) in AyCee this summer. Here's the Daily News list of 22 noteworthy attractions - two at each gambling den - to put fun in your summer by the sea: BALLY'S Bally's Bikini Beach Bar: This al fresco spot will again offer live entertainment, food and drink.
May 16, 2014 |
BACK IN 1850, Dr. Jonathan Pitney, an open-air enthusiast, saw an opening to turn Absecon Island into a health resort, if only he could get people from those polluted cities of Philadelphia and Camden there. He got a heady civil engineer, Richard Osborne, to build a train line over to the place - which Osborne renamed "Atlantic City" - and by the 1870s, a half-million shoobies were coming there each summer by train. Rail-line conductor Alexander Boardman proposed a newfangled way of getting the people to the beach itself from the station - a "Boardwalk.
May 4, 2014 |
The fraternity whose Greek letters were spray-painted onto a dead whale in Atlantic City issued a statement Friday decrying the "reprehensible act. " "While we don't know if any of our members were involved, we have been in contact with the authorities and have offered our assistance in their investigations," reads the statement sent by Jesse Cohen on behalf of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity Inc., the national umbrella organization. "This act is in direct contradiction with our mission statement and our teachings of friendship, chivalry, and service, and we wholeheartedly condemn it," it says.
April 25, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - An elephant lunching on bread playing Monopoly with the mayor? It makes perfect sense in the seaside city that inspired the board game, where officials and business owners are seeking to put some sizzle back into the Shore gambling resort. A four-ton Asian elephant named Duchess, part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which opens Thursday at Boardwalk Hall for shows through Sunday, was paraded up Georgia Avenue in Atlantic City from the cavernous auditorium to a parking lot, where a relatively small game-board replica and a crowd of children and adults waited Wednesday afternoon.
April 22, 2014 |
With temperatures in the low 50s and winds at a brisk 14 m.p.h., it wasn't exactly prime beach weather. But families enthusiastically turned out Sunday afternoon on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J., for the annual Easter Fashion Promenade. There was tradition to uphold, after all - and prizes to win. Charlene Oldfield-Porreca, 60, a lifelong Ocean City resident, suggested the event wasn't quite what it used to be. Then again, the 1970s were a special time. That's when she modeled what she described on Sunday as her favorite Easter outfit: a purple velvet pantsuit with go-go boots.
April 21, 2014 |
A directive to "watch the tram car, please" may have to be added as the Boardwalk grows more crowded in the coming months, but for now, a toot of the horn from the battery-powered Boardwalk Jitney will have to do. People strolling the boards during a trial run Friday may not have been used to vehicles beyond the usual rolling chairs. So as the grasshopper-green prototype made its way along the Boardwalk, some seemed reluctant to get out of the way. "They'll just have to get used to it," observed passenger Judy DeCaellis of Galloway as some of the walkers - after receiving several toots from the horn - moved to the side to let the vehicle pass.