July 27, 2014
New Jersey wants to double down on a losing bet. Sites are being considered for proposed North Jersey casinos that would soak up diminishing dollars from an industry that has already overplayed its hand. Both Gov. Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) say any casino up north must share proceeds with Atlantic City, just as gaming revenue from the south has traveled north over the years. But what can be the benefit to Atlantic City if new North Jersey casinos lure even more gamblers?
July 22, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This resort faces the prospect of having four major vacancies on its famed Boardwalk come mid-September. The grim reality sank in July 14 when Trump Plaza issued layoff notices and targeted Sept. 16 as the date to cease operating as a casino. Perception is reality in tourism, experts say, and the Boardwalk is synonymous with Atlantic City. How will four hulking, empty buildings sit with visitors - especially at night - and will they impede tourism when Atlantic City needs it the most?
May 22, 2014 |
It was an Atlantic City plot as familiar as a rerun on Turner Classic Movies: Homeowner vows to save house against the forces of eminent domain, played out in the shadow of a casino. It has been playing for the better part of two decades in this troubled seaside resort, since Vera Coking famously stood up to Donald Trump. But this latest version has impeccable and elegant casting. On Tuesday morning, homeowner and onetime piano prodigy turned piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum, 67, the son of Holocaust survivors, found so many ways to show just how much his three-story brick walkup building at 311 Oriental Ave., on the back side of Revel Casino Resort, means to him. He held a news conference with anti-eminent domain lawyers from the Virginia-based Institute for Justice.
May 2, 2014 |
SO, there you are, a first-time Atlantic City visitor, on the Boardwalk. You're standing in front of The Pier Shops at Caesars and you decide you want to check out the Land Shark Bar & Grill on the Resorts Casino-Hotel beach. But being unfamiliar with the lay of the land, you don't know whether to go right or left to reach your destination. You could always guess, and hope you've made the right decision. Or you could reach out to an easy-to-spot Boardwalk Ambassador and ask for directions.
November 27, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Late-fall afternoon sun streamed through the large windows of the airy space of the new Noyes Arts Garage of Richard Stockton College on Monday and illuminated the details of Ron Ross Cohen's storied pieces brilliantly. "This is an amazing space," Cohen, a sixty-something sculptor and designer who lives in Galloway Township, said as he explained the intricacies of Celestial Quest , a piece made of found objects and leather that tells the story of a lowly fisherman who falls in love with a princess far from his reach.
November 8, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Talk about shuffling the deck. In an unexpected outcome, voters replaced two-term incumbent and Gov. Christie foe Mayor Lorenzo Langford with an openly gay Republican who rides a bicycle to work and whose current job is with the state board that oversees the governor's Tourism District. "Atlantic City is amazing at how it reinvents itself," Mayor-elect Don Guardian said Wednesday in a bit of understatement to supporters and media at his Atlantic Avenue headquarters.
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.
July 4, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It is summertime at the Shore, and children are swimming, surfing, boating, playing ball, and pursuing other warm-weather activities. But away from the beaches and the glitzy casino resorts, in the working-class and low-income neighborhoods where shootings are frequent and exposure to gangs and drugs is common, safe diversions may be tough to come by. So a $2.9 million indoor youth sports complex unveiled Tuesday inside an underutilized hall at the New Jersey National Guard Armory on Absecon Avenue could become a welcome oasis for neighborhood youths this summer, as well as children from throughout the region.
May 17, 2013 |
OF ALL THE images in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy last October, two seemed to linger - that of the unmoored roller coaster in Seaside Heights, and the one of the blown-away section of Boardwalk in Atlantic City. While the former was a real victim of the rain and high winds, the latter was, in many ways, just an unfortunate circumstance. The fallout from a perfect storm, if you will. "It caused a lot of misinformation about the damage from the storm and we have spent the last months trying to recover from that," said John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, overseer of the biggest swath of Shore tourism: the Atlantic City casino district.
October 1, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It seems a monumental task: Shrug off 34 years of marketing this place as Las Vegas with a boardwalk and rebrand it as world-class destination with a sudden emphasis on arts and culture. And do it fast, because the gambling thing - with tens of billions of dollars in casino infrastructure - doesn't cut it anymore. Say hello to John Palmieri and Liza Cartmell. He's the executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), and she's the head of the Atlantic City Alliance.