Richard Gere's Hamptons view.
Our friend HughE over at PhillyChitChat tells us that Richard Gere is coming to live in the Greater Philadelphia area to film the movie Fanny, and that he’s likely to rent “in the suburbs” because that’s where the majority of the movie will be filmed. “The suburbs,” you’ll admit, is a rather large chunk of [...]
A screenshot from Todd Quiñones' Twitter account. "This photo just about says it all," he wrote.
Business owners in Seaside Heights, NJ and Seaside Park are in disbelief. A fire that started yesterday at a boardwalk custard stand in Seaside Park destroyed all of that boardwalk’s businesses. It then quickly spread to the neighboring Seaside Heights boardwalk, where 20 businesses there burned. The devastation is horrific.
Last night, talking with reporters from Philadelphia TV news teams, people who’d owned boardwalk stores and restaurants for multiple generations said they had still been in the process of renovating their properties in the wake of Sandy when the fire came.
It only feels like summer is ending this weekend. Remember, fall doesn’t truly begin until September 22. Get in on these shore rentals now when the boards aren’t as crowded and the rates are a little friendlier. Ocean City 45th and Central This 4-bedroom, 2-bath corner home sleeps nine. September rates vary from $2,300 – $3,100 [...]
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Just as we were lauding Margate, NJ’s housing market and the changing perception of Atlantic City, today comes this headline on philly.com: “Bust to boom: Can strippers save Atlantic City?” Putting aside the groan-worthy pun, the headline not only implies that Atlantic City needs saving but that it’s gotten so desperate, it’s left to strippers to do it.
But the salacious headline is a bit of an overstatement. We’re just talking about one venue: a Scores club in the Trump Taj Mahal, which is far from the first time time the casinos have seen any skin. As the Associated Press’ Wayne Perry points out, both Revel and the Borgata have burlesque shows, while “dancers in bras and panties are common on gambling floors.” (You’re welcome.)
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The second quarter numbers weren’t kind to Atlantic City, which increasingly has competition from, well, places like Pennsylvania, for example. Last week, writing for the Washington Post, J. Freedom Du Lac called AC’s drop in gaming revenue in the last few years “an epic losing streak.” On the other hand, Du Lac notes, there’s more to do in Atlantic City than ever:
There are more nightclubs, more restaurants, more concerts, more burlesque shows, more shopping, more outdoor activities, more walkable spaces, more stuff...
And all that more translates, it seems: “According to the most recent internal research, positive perceptions of Atlantic City are on the rise.”
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From the New York Times: “A scant 125 miles away, in and around this gambling mecca [of Atlantic City], are a clutch of Vietnamese cafes that arguably rank among the nation’s most authentic…”
From Next City: “Cleverly designed by the prominent New York landscape architecture firm Balmori Associates, the park consists of undulating berms bookended by two earthen mounds intended, Fung says, to riff on the boardwalk’s iconic dipping-and-rising roller coasters.”
Photo of Ocean City Boardwalk by Laura Kicey
Okay, we’re fairly certain that even those who didn’t make the list of Budget Travel Magazine’s Most Awesome Boardwalks have not reached a pit of despair so deep that they’ve been reduced to pursuing drug addiction. But these debates can get passionate, that’s for sure, when the stakes are high.
Everyone at the Jersey Shore is looking for tourism this summer, worried that Sandy, or national perceptions of Sandy, will keep people away. Budget Travel included area boardwalks at Atlantic City, Point Pleasant, Wildwood and Rehoboth–but did not mention Ocean City, NJ, which does, indeed, seem odd. But Ocean City, Maryland, got a strong mention, and perhaps the writers felt it would be too clunky to have two Ocean Cities on the list (far-fetched, we realize).
Scores Atlantic City will look like this.
With the market looking up, there’s a lot of advice coming from various sectors about home buying. The New York Times’ Carl Richards, a renter, confesses to a moment of panic when he read economist Felix Salmon’s tweet quoting John Paulson: “if you rent, buy. If you own, buy a second home.”
Guess who else felt that panic? Half the people at Property and its parent company.
But as Richards points out, there’s little mystery to figuring out if you are in a good position to make the move. In fact, two of them are must-knows.
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Not enough people going to Atlantic City? Then the Atlantic City Alliance will bring AC to the people. The ”Live From AC” roadshow starts this weekend in Philly with a pop-up casino resort (15,000 lbs. and two stories) at the waterfront that includes “key AC experiences” all framed by the “DO AC” advertising campaign.
The Alliance is a nonprofit that markets the city to tourists, which has been an uphill battle in recent months. So the organization has partnered with BMF, a company that helps build brands with experiential marketing of this kind. This roadshow will also go to Baltimore and NYC.
In a statement, Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell said the goal of the roadshow is to ”introduce AC to people in a new way, create a social media buzz and represent all 12 casinos in key markets.” She said it’s an opportunity to engage “our target audience of fun seekers.” (Are there fun seekers in Philly? If so, where do they pass the time? Not on SEPTA, that’s for sure.)
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