Bartenders at Pink Show in A.C. Believe Thousands in Tips Went Missing

The crowd at last week’s Pink concert on the beach in Atlantic City. (Photo courtesy

Last week, tens of thousands of Pink fans crammed onto the Atlantic City beach for a concert by the Grammy-winning singer. With tickets priced at $72 for general admission and way higher for VIP access, Pink and the concert producers no doubt walked away with a ton of money. But the bartenders who worked the concert say they didn’t make out quite so well. Read more »

$5,000 Reward Offered in Killings of N.J. Boardwalk Cats

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Photos via the Atlantic City Police Department

An international cat advocacy organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects who police say killed three cats at the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Last week, the Atlantic City Police Department posted photos of three men allegedly connected to the killings of three of the so-called “Boardwalk Cats” that patrol the popular summer destination.

Alley Cat Allies has cared for the colony of boardwalk cats since 2000 as part of a city-supported Trap-Neuter-Return program. As the name of the program implies, workers trap and neuter the cats before returning them to the boardwalk, which helps keep the population under control. Staff and volunteers monitor and feed the cats, which they claim “draw visitors and admirers from all over the country.”

Alley Cat Allies announced the reward money yesterday.

“Animal cruelty must be taken seriously, and the guilty parties should be punished to the full extent of the law,” Becky Robinson, the organization’s president and founder, said in a statement.

Police said the boardwalk cats were found killed on March 22nd. Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlantic City Police by calling 609-347-5766 or by texting anonymously to tip411 (847-411).

Robinson said Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White has “made this investigation a very high priority.”

“We applaud [White’s] leadership and thank the community for its support,” Robinson said. “Atlantic City is a model for the rest of the nation in showing how cats and people coexist. No matter where cats live they are loved and valued.”

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Firm Makes $220M Offer for Atlantic City’s Shuttered Revel Casino

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Revel on its last full day of operation in 2014. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Atlantic City’s former Revel casino remains shuttered though owner Glenn Straub has repeatedly set opening dates for the property, which he renamed TEN. And now a buyer has reportedly made a $220 million offer to take the property off his hands. Straub denies knowledge of the offer.

An unnamed New York City-based private equity firm made the offer “in the last ten days,” said the Press of Atlantic City last Thursday. A representative of the firm, Alex Fredericks, director of operations at New York’s Digital Launch, informed the publication of the offer but declined to name the firm.

Straub told the Press, “I don’t know any private equity firms,” in claiming that he never talked to any equity firms about a sale. Read more »

Last Chance to See Trump Taj Mahal Is This Weekend

The Trump Taj Mahal entrance

Photo | Dan McQuade

Investors behind the transformation of Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal to a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino say demolition of the property’s façade is expected to begin next week.

Joseph Jingoli, CEO of New Jersey’s Jingoli Construction and an investor in the project, made the announcement during a Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) public hearing this week. The public hearing concerned Hard Rock’s application for an Entertainment Retail District designation around the development, the Press of Atlantic City reports. According to the publication, the designation would make Hard Rock eligible for tax breaks and give the CRDA certain sales taxes and room rebates. Read more »

In Atlantic City, Bet on the Food

Tacos at Pancho’s, left, and the chicken at El Chalán. Photography by Ted Nghiem.

Jose Garces Is Back in Town

Jose Garces’s new restaurants in the Tropicana make the Revel snafu feel like ancient history. Olón has ocean views, an outdoor deck and a bright interior — all surprising for a casino eatery. The seafood here (grilled, raw, however it comes) is choice. His other spot, Okatshe, is just the opposite: You’ll duck through a secret door in a tiny Japanese candy shop and enter a dark, sprawling space styled like a buzzy Tokyo intersection. The large menu has sushi, ramen, standard izakaya fare (yakitori and fried things), and a bar list deep with sake and Japanese beers. (Both at the Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, 609-340-4000.) Read more »

PHOTOS: Here’s What’s for Sale at the Trump Taj Mahal Liquidation

Left: via @ACPressDeRosier Twitter. Right: via @byJoeHernandez Twitter.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, hopefuls looking to snag a piece of the once-acclaimed Trump Taj Mahal casino lined up for a liquidation sale that will wipe the casino hotel clean of its antique stock.

Everything from poker tables, grand pianos, chairs and bed linens had a price tag. When President Donald Trump opened the once $1.2 billion casino in 1990, complete with a Michael Jackson appearance, the crystal chandeliers were collectively valued at $15 million. Trump called the space “the eighth wonder of the world,” and it was the shore town’s most profitable casino for some time.

The sale will continue until every item is sold, the Press of Atlantic City reports, and will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Once the sale is over, Hard Rock International will commence a months-long overhaul of the defunct property, which is expected to reopen as a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino entertainment destination by Memorial Day weekend 2018.

Here’s a look at what’s up for grabs and the bargain hunters who showed up:  Read more »

Bart Blatstein’s Atlantic City

Philly developer Bart Blatstein has been playing real-life Monopoly, cobbling together parcels of property in Atlantic City — everyone’s favorite resort-town-slash-urban-metaphor. His snagging of the Pier Shops and Showboat made big headlines. And a recent set of acquisitions shows the beginnings of a plan to do, well, something in the city’s perpetually transitional South Inlet neighborhood. Blatstein is holding his cards close, so we asked Temple prof Bryant Simon, author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America, to evaluate Bart’s moves. “He’s buying stuff for 10 cents on the dollar,” notes Simon. “I think in the short term it might work, and in the long term it might be great. He clearly has something big in his back pocket.” Whether that something is geared toward tourism (beach houses? A water park?) or permanent housing (a Philly telecommuter suburb?) is the question for Simon, who’s cautiously optimistic that the urbanism-minded Blatstein could get something meaningful done. Read more »

The Atlantic City Saturday-Night Fireworks Seem Downright Dangerous

The Atlantic City fireworks display on June 17, 2017.

I’ve been to my fair share of fireworks displays. In addition to the usual holiday fireworks, I’ve seen fireworks at Phillies games, fireworks with Tchaikovsky at the Mann Center, the annual international fireworks competition in Montreal, backyard fireworks growing up in South Jersey. But last Saturday night’s fireworks in Atlantic City were the most … unusual that I’ve experienced. And in this case, that’s not a good thing. Read more »

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