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.
March 31, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It is, as Boardwalk Hall staff organist Steven Ball puts it with the utmost affection, like the painting next to the Mona Lisa . Colossally overshadowed, yes, but an enigmatic entrancer nonetheless. This is Boardwalk Hall's other organ, its console situated in an upstairs balcony in the ballroom, an instrument installed in 1929 to accompany silent movies. Of all the things you knew about the monumental and still-pulsing Boardwalk Hall and its ballroom, this one may have slipped by. The ballroom, built for dancing and showing motion pictures, was equipped with the surround sound of the day: the pipe organ.
December 31, 2013 |
Schalick controlled the paint and the game at Sunday's Boardwalk Classic, taking down Pleasantville, 87-61, in the Chickie Ludman Memorial boys' basketball showcase at Wildwoods Convention Center. The Cougars, who are ranked 12th in South Jersey by The Inquirer, outscored Pleasantville by 46-32 down low. UMass recruit Rashaan Holloway had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and his younger brother Mike Holloway added 19 rebounds. In the Big Al Bracket, Mainland outlasted Penns Grove, 81-77, in double overtime to win the consolation game.
November 22, 2013 |
IT'S BEGINNING to look - and, especially, sound - a lot like Christmas in Atlantic City, with various venues planning seasonal musical productions over the next five weeks. Only one gaming hall, Tropicana Atlantic City, has an extended-run revue. Others are staging one- or two-nighters where big-name artists covering musical genres from country ( Kenny Rogers ) to jump-'n'-jive ( Brian Setzer Orchestra ) put their own spin on the season's sounds. 'Holiday Extravaganza': Seasonal revusical features a high-kicking ensemble and a sleigh-full of favorite holiday tunes, both pop and traditional.