July 10, 2015 |
There will be poetry at the Farmers Market in Atlantic City after all. After the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority scrapped a proposal to pay poets at the Farmers Market because politicians complained about the spending, area poets offered to read their work free in the financially beleaguered city. Poets can relate. They're usually scrapped for cash, too. Galloway Township poet Joel Ollander and Aubrey Gerhardt, the founder of SJPoets, recruited other poets after the authority (CRDA)
December 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Charlie Birnbaum, the piano tuner who is fighting to keep his family home in Atlantic City from being seized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, delivered a petition Wednesday with more than 100,000 signatures to Gov. Christie. In addition, Birnbaum's attorneys are now arguing that Christie's plans for Atlantic City make the CRDA's efforts to seize his home even more questionable than when a Superior Court judge ruled the CRDA was within its rights to seize the house.
December 1, 2014 |
As Atlantic City continues to suffer an economic free fall, state officials are contemplating turning to the private sector to jump-start development there. One proposal being reviewed by Gov. Christie and legislative leaders is the creation of a nonprofit development corporation that would help decide what projects to build. That could involve demolishing the shuttered Trump Plaza to create walkable retail and restaurant space and open sight lines, officials said. The nonprofit Atlantic City Development Corp.
November 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Monday against Charlie Birnbaum, a piano tuner fighting to keep his family home near the former Revel casino from being seized by the state casino redevelopment authority. In a 27-page opinion issued Monday evening, Mendez said the state's enactment of the Tourism District Act is "the legislative declaration of a legitimate public purpose" that would justify the seizure of property by eminent domain. "The fundamental public purpose contained in this legislation is to promote tourism, to create and protect jobs in Atlantic City, and to assist the ailing gaming industry," Mendez wrote.
October 26, 2014 |
Lawyers for Atlantic City and the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel are locked in an intensifying battle over as much as $30 million that Revel owes for property taxes and penalties. Atlantic City wants to sell the right to collect that money by auctioning a tax certificate on Dec. 11, but it can't do that without bankruptcy court permission. The city asked for that permission last month, saying it desperately needs the money to meet its budget. Revel's property-tax levy this year of about $38 million - based on an assessment of $1.15 billion - equals 19 percent of Atlantic City's $200 million in expected tax collections.
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.
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.
September 6, 2013 |
Call it "a comeback. " That's what the heads of the Atlantic City Alliance, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and Atlantic City's top moneymaking casino hope Miss America's heralded return this week symbolizes. Liza Cartmell, chief executive officer of the nonprofit alliance, projected numbers to the Inquirer Editorial Board on Wednesday. During the next two weeks, she said, the parade and pageant are expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of spectators and fill 5,000 to 6,000 room nights at the resort.
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.