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usv8lover
06-03-2006, 05:06 PM
Hi,

I saw old posts...I was born in 1964 and remember riding the kiddie rides behind Belmar Playland in the 60s. My aunt had a house halfway down the block so my cousins grew up with Benjie Schwartz. I saw a website that said he was caught for doing and selling drugs and that's why Belmar Playland went down the tubes. Does anyone know any details? I sure miss the pinball machines. They had the greatest collection of old through up-to-date machines. I also enjoyed the dawn football game between the change guys and the restaurant workers. Was Belmar Playland leveled? What is there now?

We would stay in Belmar and makes trips to Asbury Park, Seaside and Point Pleasant. Is Mom's Kitchen still there?

It's such a shame that Asbury Park just continuously deteriorates. Ocean Grove is doing well - you'd think it would help support Asbury Park if someone would run things there. Criterion was incredible (candy store). They always had a huge box with a humungous slab of fudge in it. I dream of the smell of that store. (When I get desperate I do go to the little store they still have)The buildings on the boardwalk were horrible last I saw. All the seahorses had fallen over on top of the Casino. It was horrible when the carousel was sold piecemeal...a crime! They had replaced it with an ugly thing with hideous fiberglass horses for a time. I remember the fish ride for little kids that had a bubble blower that hovered over the boardwalk - even when I was way too old to ride it.
I have lots of memories... It's scary at night there now. I once saw a bagpipe player practice over the pond where the paddleboats used to be...eery. Very sad.

Wendy

JerseyDevil
06-03-2006, 07:53 PM
Welcome Wendy.

I can't help you with the first two items. But I can discuss Asbury park a bit. There is finally movement in Asbury Park and in the right direction, after many years of false and half starts. For instance, bulding of the Esperanza http://www.asburypark.com/dd_photos/esperanza.jpg
is starting up - you can check it out on AsburyPark.com (http://www.asburypark.com/?p=164). When I was there about a couple of months ago, there was numerous rebuilding efforts going on through the city. So much history has been destroyed though. It is truly sad and I hope they will get the Convention Hall restored to it's former glory.

For the latest on Asbury Park you can go to their official website - http://www.cityofasburypark.com/

BTW - I did an analogy of what Asbury Park is currently like on the "Asbury park" thread (http://forum.aboutnewjersey.com/showthread.php?t=60)

Roadbldr '59
08-20-2006, 02:59 PM
Hi,

I saw old posts...I was born in 1964 and remember riding the kiddie rides behind Belmar Playland in the 60s. My aunt had a house halfway down the block so my cousins grew up with Benjie Schwartz. I saw a website that said he was caught for doing and selling drugs and that's why Belmar Playland went down the tubes. Does anyone know any details? I sure miss the pinball machines. They had the greatest collection of old through up-to-date machines. I also enjoyed the dawn football game between the change guys and the restaurant workers. Was Belmar Playland leveled? What is there now?

We would stay in Belmar and makes trips to Asbury Park, Seaside and Point Pleasant. Is Mom's Kitchen still there?

It's such a shame that Asbury Park just continuously deteriorates. Ocean Grove is doing well - you'd think it would help support Asbury Park if someone would run things there. Criterion was incredible (candy store). They always had a huge box with a humungous slab of fudge in it. I dream of the smell of that store. (When I get desperate I do go to the little store they still have)The buildings on the boardwalk were horrible last I saw. All the seahorses had fallen over on top of the Casino. It was horrible when the carousel was sold piecemeal...a crime! They had replaced it with an ugly thing with hideous fiberglass horses for a time. I remember the fish ride for little kids that had a bubble blower that hovered over the boardwalk - even when I was way too old to ride it.
I have lots of memories... It's scary at night there now. I once saw a bagpipe player practice over the pond where the paddleboats used to be...eery. Very sad.

Wendy

The final season for Belmar Playland was Summer 2000. The following summer the Playland building was still there... condemned, fenced off and awaiting demolition... along with another Ocean Avenue icon, Reggie's Bar, just down the street. As of last month two thirds of the lot between 14th and 15th Aves has been rebuilt with beachfront homes... condos from the look of it... and the food-and-entertainment zone has been moved up the street to 16th. No BP-like replacement arcade so far, though, which is too bad. I loved playing Skee Ball and the old pop-up-ball Poker machines when I was a kid!

Yeah, its a shame what's happened to Asbury Park... I was there with my girlfriend and step-daughter in 2003, and the whole place felt... haunted. But I understand there's a renaissance afoot. Perhaps by the time I retire the boardwalk will be back up and running!

Helma
05-28-2009, 03:12 AM
I grew up in Little Egg Harbor also known as Mystic Island. The people that live there year round DO NOT want you webs (Week End Bastard's) coming there for vacation. The ONLY people that are happy to see you are the business owners. You drive up the price's on EVERYTHING, yes I said EVERYTHING. Not to mention all of you are rude and act like you own the place when you DO NOT!!!!!!!!

JerseyDevil
05-28-2009, 11:12 PM
I grew up in Little Egg Harbor also known as Mystic Island. The people that live there year round DO NOT want you webs (Week End Bastard's) coming there for vacation. The ONLY people that are happy to see you are the business owners. You drive up the price's on EVERYTHING, yes I said EVERYTHING. Not to mention all of you are rude and act like you own the place when you DO NOT!!!!!!!!

I'm not exactly sure what your post has to do with this thread and you may notice that we have been deleting all advertising signatures and links. But I will will address your post anyway.

I'm wondering - where do you go vacation? Because believe me - the locals in every location, feel the same way about tourists and I'm sure you must vacation somewhere.

Also, if it wasn't tourists, a lot of the great things that New Jersey has that New Jerseyans seem to take for granted, wouldn't exist. Do you honestly believe that nightclubs, restaurants, the boardwalks, amusement parks, etc - can survive without tourists? Also, do you want to pay an extra $1,500 in taxes a year? because that's how much you would have to be paying to make up for the shortfall if their were no vacationers to New Jersey.

Maybe you should do a search on what North Carolinians think about New Jerseyans coming to their beaches.

[edit] I also wanted to point out that you made a very generalized statement when you said "all of you are rude and act like you own the place when you DO NOT". Are you sure EVERYONE does? When I was living outside of New Jersey, or the shore region, you would have considered me an outsider - but I always treated New Jersey and the Jersey Shore with respect. I don't really like generalized statements against tourists. It's important that tourists treat the area they are vacationing at with respect and it is important that the locals treat the vacations respect. Yes - some people are assholes, but stooping down to their level doesn't solve anything.

You may want to read this "New Jersey Tourism and You - Perfect Together (http://blog.aboutnewjersey.com/2008/05/26/nj-tourism-and-you-perfect-together/)" before disparaging tourists.