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Here’s one sign that Atlantic City may finally realize Paul Sevigny and Governor Chris Christie’s shared vision of an ironic-seedy Hamptons for cash dispensing hipsters: Men’s lifestyle newsletter Thrillist is launching an Atlantic City edition. It will be published once a week from May 17 until Labor Day, said parent company Thrillist Media Group, which is calling the seasonal food and entertainment curation—what else?—“a pop-up.”
“I went to school in Philadelphia and we would go to Atlantic City quite a bit,” Thrillist founder and editor-in-chief Adam Rich, a UPenn alumnus, told Off the Record. “The whole sort of operation has become much classier.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blew a wonderful opportunity to kick-start his state’s economy last year when he vetoed a bill that would have allowed on-line gaming in the Garden State. The bill would have put New Jersey in the forefront of tapping a new, and inevitable, source of much-needed revenue.
Now, however, the state’s political leaders will get a chance for a do-over.
It begins with a close-up of a ticking old-timey pocket watch, the shot widening to reveal a man on a boat bobbing on night-darkened waters. There’s a heap of atmospheric silver-blue haze. A foghorn sounds in the distance. Moments later, we see the shining lights in the distance that we’re told is Atlantic City, 1920. Read More
Ornery old James T. Raleigh couldn’t help but snicker.
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine had just publicly christened the maiden voyage of the new Atlantic City Express Service (ACES), the region’s first direct train from New York to Atlantic City in decades, and then abruptly hopped off the illustrious locomotive at its very first Read More
Developer Curtis Bashaw, who aimed to lure more New Yorkers to the Jersey Shore this past summer with the opening of his trendy Atlantic City hotel The Chelsea, has shelved his latest project, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mr. Bashaw, the former executive director of New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, had been Read More
"Holy shit. As a resident of the greater AC region–and as someone who is a bit ambivalent about the fact that I’m from here–all I can say is fuck off, douchebags. Whatever inherent (albeit at times ironic) charm Atlantic City might offer doesn’t need to be helped along by any hipster dilettantes. You’re the reason Read More
It was a scene straight out of an American Apparel ad: A half-dozen or so good-looking guys and gals in their 20s, sporting beachy garb and body piercings, lounging around on an unmade bed, while two skinny dudes made out on a leopard chair in the corner.
It was almost sunrise and there Read More
"Atlantic City is the new Williamsburg," former Siberia bar owner and sometimes Fox contributor Tracy Westmoreland told me as the wind whipped through his long goatee at a rest stop somewhere in New Jersey.
He might not be wrong.
While Williamsburg has spent the last decade getting a face lift, Atlantic City did the Read More
Today marked the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the hugely hyped Chelsea hotel in Atlantic City.
Hotelier Curtis Bashaw recently sat down with The Observer to discuss the $110 million project, which aims to lure more young, hip New Yorkers to South Jersey’s gritty gaming town and otherwise restore some of the ancient seaside destination’s Read More