Get Social With Cider In New Jersey

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Sometimes you’ve just had enough beer, right? You’ve drunk all the good stuff, the weird stuff, the low-rent stuff. Whiskey and gin just don’t seem right for the moment and you’re certainly not going to switch to wine. So what do you turn to in your hour of alcoholic need?

Cider.

Ever true to his pioneering spirit, the producer of the massive Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is bringing the first cider fest to Jersey. On August 8, Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle will host two sessions of the inaugural Atlantic City Cider Social.

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WATCH: Documentary Examines Lives of Unemployed AC Casino Workers

2014 was a brutal year in Atlantic City : 8,000  jobs were lost in 2014 after the closure of four of the city’s 12 struggling casinos.

Now the  Media Mobilizing Project has released a documentary , Building a Sandcastle: A Broken Promise to Atlantic City, that tracks the lives of unemployed casino workers from the many high-profile closures that occurred in 2014.

“The casinos industry in this area, and our union, is like the lifeblood of the communities around here,” said Alfred Kare sadly, a server at the Trump Taj Mahal. Read more »

Scott Disick Bails On $50K Club Appearance in Atlantic City

pool0718Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy  and career party boy Scott Disick was supposed to be in Atlantic City this weekend to appear at a Pool After Dark Party at Harrah’s, but sources say he bailed at the last minute. He was reportedly supposed to earn $50,000 for the appearance, which apparently isn’t enough money for him to bother offering an explanation. Representatives from the club told TMZ that “Disick’s people just informed them he would NOT be there.”

It’s probably better that he doesn’t show up. Disick’s struggle with alcohol addiction has widely been reported in the media. In March he went off to rehab after a night of hard drinking in Atlantic City, but he left before his treatment was over. NJ.com reports that he entered rehab again after a recent, booze-soaked trip to the South of France, but once again checked out after a few hours.

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Your Day-by-Day Guide to Sandblast 2015

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Atlantic City has never been more gay.

That’s essentially the point of Sandblast 2015, the annual multi-day beach and pool party that features something for just about everyone in AC. From underwear parties to a women’s white party to lounging at the pool to Margaret Freaking Cho, this year’s line up is a heck of a lot of fun. We’re breaking down the festivities day-by-day for you so you can find the right events for your summer beach experience. Read more »

No One Will Be Gambling at Trump Plaza Again Until At Least 2025

Trump Plaza, September 2014

Trump Plaza in September 2014, its last month of operation. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Trump Plaza won’t operate again as a casino for at least another 10 years — if ever.

Last month, we told you about a proposed deed restriction on Trump Plaza that would prevent it from being used as a casino for another 10 years. After more than 30 years in operation, the Trump Plaza closed on September 16th of last year.

Trump Entertainment Resorts, the closed casino’s parent company, sought the deed restriction in order to avoid a proposed PILOT program that would replace the casinos’ property taxes. Trump Entertainment has appealed its tax bills for 2014 and 2015, and believes it pay less in property taxes than it would under the new program. The PILOT law would apply to all properties that operated as casinos that operated in Atlantic City in 2014. Read more »

Atlantic City Pizzeria Tony Boloney’s Bans Donald Trump

Donald Trump - Tony Boloney's

Photo of Trump by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license

Donald Trump‘s presidential announcement did not go as he planned. His comments about Mexican immigrants led to many corporate partners dropping his products, including the company that makes Donald Trump menswear. (Trump says they’ll all be back; his campaign has been in touch with at least one Latino advocacy group.)

But earlier this week, The Donald got his biggest slap in the face yet: A pizza joint in the shadows of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City has banned him from the premises. It was first announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“I’m not down with it,” Tony Boloney’s owner Michael Hauke said. “That shit is not gonna fly in Tony Boloney-land.” Read more »

Changing Tide: Millennial-Driven Apartment Development Planned for Atlantic City

The apartment building at 1 North Boston Avenue | Via Google Street View

The apartment building at North Boston and Atlantic Avenues | Via Google Street View

It seems like the lion share of development in Philadelphia these days is geared at capturing the ever-wandering attention of the young professional, also known as millennials. No matter what you call them, their influence isn’t only being felt in the City of Brotherly Love. Head southeast about 60 miles and there is an interesting apartment conversion about to take place that will look to serve the young workforce of Atlantic City.

Mark Callazzo wears a few hats in the region. For one, he’s the CEO of Alpha Funding Solutions, the lending and development team from Lakehurst, New Jersey behind the renovation of a former apartment building at 1 North Boston Avenue. He’s also the owner of the Atlantic City Bottle Co. and The Iron Room, a speakeasy restaurant in Atlantic City that happens to employ a few young people. Before the CEO Callazzo got involved in the renovation, he polled some of the “kids” at his restaurant to see what they thought of the city. The results? None of them live in A.C., mainly “because there is no good, affordable, cool housing,” said Callazzo. “And that’s what we’re looking to do.”

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