Wildwood’s Beaches Named Top 10 for Families

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Photo | Dan McQuade

It is a long walk to the ocean in the Wildwoods. At the beach’s most expansive points, expect to walk about 10 minutes from the boardwalk to the Atlantic Ocean. On hot days it seems even longer. It can be a pretty tough trek when you’re carrying loads of beach gear.

But the Wildwood beaches are also pretty nice: Their size means there’s never a problem finding a spot to soak in the sun, a place to play beach games or a deserted area to dig a giant hole in the sand. They’re clean. And they stretch for five miles along North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest; there’s actually a lot of variety in the beach in different places. Also, it’s free.

Wildwood’s beaches do have detractors, however. An Asbury Park Press reader survey voted them the third worst. But those are North Jersey haters. A recent ranking by Family Vacation Critic put the Wildwoods in the top-10 best beaches for families in the country. Read more »

2 Brothers Admit Peddling Bootleg Jerseys on Wildwood Boardwalk

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The game on the Wildwood boardwalk where the Strothers brothers gave away counterfeit basketball jerseys as prizes. (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice)

As an expert in Wildwood boardwalk T-shirts, it’s time to let you readers in on a little secret: Not all of the shirts are officially licensed products. Logos are used without permission, store owners swipe T-shirt ideas from one another and — maybe because infringers can escape into the sea — the boardwalk is generally a copyright lawlessness zone.

But not always. In the past two weeks, two South Jersey brothers have pleaded guilty to purchasing at least 16,700 counterfeit basketball and football jerseys and giving them away as prizes at three outposts on the boardwalk in Wildwood and North Wildwood. To which I say: It’s actually possible to win those prizes on the Wildwood boardwalk’s basketball games?! Read more »

“I’m Not Gay” T-Shirt Makes Our Roundup of Surprising Wildwood Finds

Philly Mag‘s own Dan McQuade writes an annual column about some of the most repetitive (and, let’s just admit it, most lame) t-shirts that seem to litter souvenir stands along the Wildwood Boardwalk, but something tells me you’d find these goods at just about any Jersey beach (Atlantic City, anyone?).

Nevertheless, in this year’s list, McQuade found a shirt mixed in amongst the mountains of Minons that’s quite surprising, given that it is 2015:

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Yup, there with Frozen and Deez Nuts Got Em is a tank that says “I’m Not Gay But $20 is $20.” I’ve seen the shirt before, normally worn by gay dudes, but here it is being pimped along the boardwalk’s family friendly designs.

“Hey, everyone’s gotta make a living,” McQuade wrote about the tank. Now we know what’s going on behind those lifeguard stands. Am I right?

Minions Have Taken Over the Wildwood Boardwalk

Every kind of minion imaginable is on the Wildwood boardwalk. Even naked minions.

Every kind of minion imaginable is on the Wildwood boardwalk. Even naked minions.

When you’re the guy who writes an annual column about t-shirts on the Wildwood boardwalk, your friends send you a lot of texts about the latest t-shirt trends when they go down the shore. (I get a lot of weird texts from my friends.)

The past month, I’ve been getting the same texts from friends: Minions. There are minions all over the boardwalk.

I recently went down to Wildwood to investigate, and my friends’ texts were right: Every type of minion imaginable is on the Wildwood boardwalk. Regular minions. Minions with pithy inspirational sayings next to them. Ninja Turtle minions. Batman minions. Heath Ledger Joker minions. Superman minions. Spider-man minions. Even Green Lantern minions. Who likes Green Lantern? And, yes, there are naked minions.

Earlier this summer, I wrote about how minions are making Comcast millions. (The company owns Universal.) The spin-off movie in the Despicable Me franchise, Minions, has made more than $962 million worldwide since its release on July 10th. That’s almost a billion dollars in a little over a month! No wonder minions are all over the boardwalk. Too bad for t-shirt vendors another Universal/Comcast hit, Jurassic Park, isn’t so easily meme-able.

Let’s check out a few more late bloomers on the boardwalk this summer. Read more »

Ferris Wheels And Fine China: Breakfast At Morey’s Piers

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Look at their smiles and see the true happiness that comes from eating breakfast in the sky above the ocean.

Because when you think Morey’s Pier, you think fine dining, right?

Right?

Well, maybe you should. Kinda. Because the newest location for fine dining at the shore is the ferris wheel at Morey’s Piers in Wildwoods, NJ. With white linens, fine china, ocean views and menu items like Belgian waffles, shrimp and lobster omelets, quiche and steak and eggs, this is just about as fancy as ferris wheels get.

I present to you the Morey’s Piers Breakfast In The Sky program.  Starting Saturday, July 25th, guests can dine “wheel-side” on the park’s 156 foot Giant Wheel (0ne of the largest on the East Coast).

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There Are Still Confederate Flag Shirts for Sale in Wildwood

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Confederate flags for sale on the boardwalk in Wildwood (Photo: Dan McQuade)

For four years now, I’ve been chronicling Wildwood boardwalk t-shirts in a silly column on this website. Last year, I wrote about a constant presence on the Wildwood boardwalk for as long as I can remember: Confederate battle flag t-shirts.

This is particularly odd, since New Jersey was a Union state (it was the last state in the north to abolish slavery). White people wearing the Confederate battle flag can’t go with a lame “southern pride” defense when they’re in New Jersey. I checked out a sampling of 15 t-shirt stores while in Wildwood this weekend; I was able to find Confederate flag merchandise in 13 of them. Read more »

Headlines: City Snags Nearly $2 Million from Property Auction

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.14.37 AMWell, they didn’t sell all of the 157 blighted properties at the last week’s auction organized by Councilman Mark Squilla, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. The Inquirer reports that the 89 properties, owned by the City of Philadelphia, the Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, sold for a larger-than-expected sum of $1.78 million.

The auction, which attracted 93 bidders on Friday afternoon during a heatwave, saw a wide range of winning bids for properties from South Philly to Kensington, with properties going for as low as $1,750 and reaching up to $120,000, as was the case for one lot on Salmon Street in Port Richmond.

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Wildwood Cops to Parents: Stop Telling Kids We’ll Arrest Them

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Wildwood patrolman Andrew Kolimaga stands in front of himself on the boardwalk at Glenwood Avenue. (Photo via Wildwood Police Department)

The Wildwood Police Department has a message for parents this summer: Don’t tell your kids the cops will send you to jail.

The WPD has put up several signs along the boardwalk that send this message to parents: “Please stop telling your children that we will haul them off to jail if they are bad. We want them to run TO us if they are scared… NOT be scared of US!” The signs are up on several shelters donated by In Plaza Advertising, which also did the artwork. Read more »

Where To Eat At The Jersey Shore

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Each year as the weather warms up and the schools let out, we begin our annual migration down the shore. And in case you’re not from around here, “down the shore” is synonymous with heading to the Jersey beaches.

Every summer weekend, Philly seems to become a ghost town as residents make the drive and take refuge in their beachfront homes. The freezing, murky water and running from the beach tag police are beloved traditions we’ve come to expect each year.

And now, the most highly anticipated weekend of the year is coming up and it’s time to load up on sunscreen, dust off our beach chairs and prepare to wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic to kick off the summer season.

Though most people may be looking forward to the greasy, oversized boardwalk pizza slice and those crispy, crinkly boardwalk fries, we’re pretty sure that some of you out there will be looking for something a little bit better. So from fancy meals to excellent local sandwich joints, we’ve got all of your down-the-shore dining needs covered for this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond.

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