Diving Horse Opens Early This Season

One of the 2016 Diving Horse postcards.

One of the 2016 Diving Horse postcards.

The Diving Horse, the Avalon, NJ BYOB from the team behind Philadelphia’s Pub & Kitchen and Fitler Dining Room are back for another season down the shore. Reservations are now being accepted and in a change for 2016, the Diving Horse will be open weekends in May. Owner Ed Hackett says, “we usually hold off till Memorial Day Weekend but we received a lot of feedback from guests wanting us to open earlier in the season” so they’re obliging with reservations starting on Saturday, May 7th.

Chef Paul Carrier is back as chef at the Diving Horse. He’s spent his winter with the Fitler Dining Room team but is now back prepping for the new season. The preview menu features the likes of black pepper squid, Barnegat Light scallops and Hudson Canyon Mahi Mahi.

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Bankruptcy Round Up: Tony’s Baltimore Grill and Johnny Manana’s

Tony's Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. Co-owner Christopher Tarsitano tells the Atlantic City Press that a $715,000 bill for withdrawing from a pension fund is to blame. In 2014, the business left Local 54, the Atlantic City hospitality workers union and the National Retirement Fund. Tarsitano says the business was paying$10-15,000 per month for ten employees to receive health and pension benefits. By withdrawing from the fund, the business is on the hook for a “withdrawal liability.” That’s where the $715,000 comes from. Tarsitano tells the Press, the business will not close and remains open as it has since 1927.

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Philly Is Looking at About a Foot of Snow This Weekend

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Snowfall preciction via National Weather Service

The snow is coming. And now we know how much it could be.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service’s Mt. Holly Bureau predicts snowfall totals up to 16 inches in the Philadelphia area, with about 11 inches of snow predicted for the Philadelphia area through 7 p.m. on Saturday. The storm isn’t expected to stop there, so we could get even more snowfall before the end of the weekend.

The worst-case scenario is not that much more dire, with about 16 inches of snow falling in Philadelphia through 7 p.m. Saturday. Some sleet and freezing rain will be mixed in with the snow. Heavy wind gusts will make conditions treacherous, no matter how much snow we end up with.

We’re going to get the worst of it in the state. It should start snowing sometime Friday evening, with snow continuing well into Saturday. Conditions will be bad for the whole weekend. Read more »

Wildwood Crest Wants You to Know It’s Not Wildwood

Wildwood Crest might be a little embarrassed by its northern neighbors on the Jersey Shore.

Or, at the very least, the borough doesn’t want the reputation of North Wildwood and Wildwood to rub off. That’s the plan behind a new logo and slogan for Wildwood Crest, which seems to de-emphasize the “Wildwood” part of the name. The Press of Atlantic City reports residents at a town meeting unveiling the new logo gave it a mixed reaction. (“What does the C stand for?” one man later asked.)

Wildwood Crest, a borough of about 3,200 people in Cape May County, is distinct from its northern neighbors. Unlike North Wildwood and Wildwood, there is no boardwalk. Alcohol sales are prohibited. It’s quieter. People don’t rent houses for Senior Week in Wildwood Crest. Read more »

11 Historic Lighthouses Opened for Tourists Along the Jersey Shore This Weekend

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Cape May Lighthouse

Lighthouses have the power to stir even the most practical among us. They’re beacons of hope in the darkness, safety in a storm and strength in solitude. Tapping into our love and wonder of these maritime structures, the Friends of the Lighthouse host the 15th annual Lighthouse Challenge on October 17th and 18th from 8 am to 6 pm each day along the Jersey shore.

If you choose to accept the challenge, you must visit all 11 lighthouses and the three life-saving museums in one weekend, running approximately 135 miles down the length of New Jersey from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point. It is a special weekend where all the lighthouses are open at the same time. Typically, some are open only in the summer or for special events. For those who complete the entire list, they become eligible for a raffle prize worth approximately $1,000 in lighthouse-related items.

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Department of Secret Shore Awesomeness: The Brigantine Day Trip

Brigantine Beach | Chris Potako via a Creative Commons license.

Sunset over Brigantine  | Chris Potako via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

I’ll admit that I never quite saw the allure of the day trip.

For as much as I love the Jersey shore (as in, so, so much) it has rarely been enough to justify driving down for the afternoon. To me, the quickie shore trip has always felt like quickie sex: Perfectly fine until I take a look around and realize there’s no shower, no change of clothes, and all kinds of chafing. Not necessarily bad, but not quite worth the trouble or the messy hair, either.

That is, until I discovered Brigantine. Read more »

iStar Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Waterfront Renewal in Asbury Park

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

iStar, real estate investment trust extraordinaire and prospective Jersey Shore dream makers in the making, has embarked on a massive redevelopment plan that is sure to elicit a head-turn or two. Their venture, which involves more than twenty projects all together and will have a multi-billion dollar price tag attached, is to give a 1.25-mile tract of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey a complete restoration and upgrade.

According to a press release, the plan will add 2,100 new homes and 300 hotel rooms to the area, while also working on a series of mixed-use and infrastructure projects intended to restore the town’s shoreline attraction. These developments will include The Asbury, a 110 key boutique hotel; Monroe, a 34-unit luxury condominium; and 1101 Ocean, a, quote, “landmark mixed-use hotel/condominium/retail project” set to be in one of the tallest edifices along the Jersey Shore. Asbury Lanes, a historic bowling and music venue, will also get a refresh.

Joining iStar in their effort are creative lead Anda Andrei, former Director of Design at the Ian Schrager Company; David Bowd, the visionary behind the SALT hotels brand; architects Chad Oppenheim and Gary Handel, among others; and renowned landscape designer Madison Cox. More importantly though, iStar is partnering with several Asbury Park businesses, cultural institutions, entrepreneurs, artists, and community groups to give the renewal an authentic touch.

“Asbury Park has a soul that makes it unique in America,” says Andrei in the press release. “There’s a love for that behind this project.  We’re mining the incredible history and one-of-a-kind character to amplify what’s already here.”

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Jersey Shore Pizza Face-Off: Final Round

There’s no point in getting between a Jersey shore-goer and their favorite pizza place: they’ll travel extra miles just for one slice, they’ll defend the cheese-to-sauce ration vehemently, and they’ll dream about a hot pie in the dead of winter. So which Jersey Shore pizza shop is the best? It’s time to have your say. Last week we listed the top picks in each South Jersey shore town and 10,000 votes came flooding in. Now we’ve taken the top vote-getters in each town and are asking you to weigh in once again, to crown the ultimate winner. The victor will be announced online and be featured in next year’s shore guide in the magazine. A few housekeeping notes: Voting ends on Sunday, August 2nd; you don’t have to vote for a place in every town to have your say; you are invited to vote once a day; and if you decide to try every spot and wind up gaining five pounds, don’t blame us.
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Jersey Shore Pizza Face-Off

There’s a reason you’ll walk past 15 Boardwalk pizza places in the hot sun to get to your favorite: A good slice is worth the extra effort. So which Shore joint is truly the King of all Pizza? That’s for you to decide. We’ve picked the top places in each South Jersey Shore town, and are asking for you to vote for your favorite (once a day, every day) from now until July 26th. (No, you don’t have to vote for a spot in every town to have your say.) Then we’ll take the top vote-getter in each town and have a final face-off, to name the absolute best pizza place down the Shore. The winner will be announced online and featured in next summer’s annual shore guide in the magazine.

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