Atlantic City

  • Voice Choices

    October 22, 2014


    Shout at the devil one last time.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Soundtrack of a Dying Casino

    It's been a rough few years for Atlantic City casinos. Between the legalization of gambling and rise of casino destinations in surrounding markets, as well as the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, the city that was once the East Coast icon for bright lights and big spending is a little less illumina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    What Marcus Samuelsson's Experience in Harlem Can Teach Restaurateurs Everywhere

    As Atlantic City's casinos shutter this week, it seems particularly poignant to remember that there are restaurants beyond the boardwalk that will suffer. These are the small businesses that the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival doesn't recognize, instead importing food world celebrities like Marth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    How Mike Hauke's Tony Boloney's Thrives in Troubled Atlantic City and Hoboken

    More than a dozen successful restaurants -- including Marc Forgione's American Cut, four Jose Garces concepts, and the House of Blues -- shuttered on the Atlantic City boardwalk last weekend as Revel and Showboat casinos closed their doors. But, in their shadow, Tony Boloney's has only thrived over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    First Ever In-House Strip Club Coming to Atlantic City, the City's Future Apparently Depends On It

    Welcome to your Tuesday in cockamamy headlines. The Associated Press' "Bust to Boom: Can Strippers Save Atlantic City?" asks you, gentle reader to consider the following: Will a giant strip club buoy the failing economy of the East Coast's capital of vice?

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Big Rock Breaks Down His Porn Name and Mustache Game

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Big Rock (who you might also know as Rockness from Heltah Skeltah) has just signed a deal with the WAR Music label to release his solo debut long-player later th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Ke$ha Pitbull - Golden Nugget Casino - Atlantic City, NJ - 5/26/13

    Better Than: Frankly? Probably any other reason to go to Atlantic City, ever "Ke$ha and Pitbull are playing Atlantic City over Memorial Day Weekend." Is there any part of that sentence that isn't perfect? No. No, I tell you. Here are a few reasons why. Because the last time so many sequin-skirted/o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Five NSFW-ish Photos From Diplo's Trap Hawk Down Tour

    Four cities, four shows and one DJ! Diplo traveled in style via helicopter for his Trap Hawk Down tour Sunday. Starting the night with an early bird special in Baltimore at 6pm, he then flew his way through Philly, Atlantic City and finally New York City at 3:30 am, where he played Westway. Diplo tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Q&A: John Meadow of LDV Hospitality On Italian Food and Opening Your First Restaurant, Part 1

    John Meadow has a very impressive resume. The New York native opened his first restaurant at the age of 24 and his first job out of college was the Food and Beverage Manager position at The Plaza. Since then, he has built up a restaurant empire with business partner Curt Huegel in the form of LDV ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2012

    Six Superlative Summer Shows

    Our music critic's picks for the season's hottest concerts

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Five Worst Types Of Drag Queens

    I adore drag queens. I live for their wit, personality, and nails. But once in a while, a really rotten one comes along, so let's just describe what that would consist of and then move on, free at last. (5) The ones who think adding more hair, makeup, and accessories is the classy way to go. Ple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Bitchin' Kitchen's Nadia G Eats Vodka Pizza in New York, Thinks Meat is a Treat Part 1

    [See More Interviews: Runner and Stone's Head Baker Peter Endriss | North Fork Table & Inn's Gerry Hayden] You'd expect Nadia G to have a no-holds-barred, exuberant attitude that quite frankly might be a little intimidating, right? That she'd get down to the nitty gritty of an interview, throw a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Iron Chef Marc Forgione on Steak, His New Atlantic City Project, Part 1

    He's food-scene royalty (Dad Forgione is frequently cited as the Godfather of American Cuisine) and a television darling but, all things considered, Marc Forgione is a pretty down-to-earth type of gentleman--but he's a busy guy who's tough to nail down. Although we'd be as well if we flip-flopped be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Vidal Sassoon's Last Filmed Interview

    Last month, 84-year-old Vidal Sassoon was interviewed in conjunction with an Atlantic City event that brought together 5000 hair care professionals. Emiliani Enterprises commissioned Eleven Eleven Productions to shoot the above video featuring Vidal and his son Elan at the hairdresser's home in Bel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    I Had A Tres Gay Weekend In Atlantic City

    Resorts casino sent me down for a gayola night of lavender luxury. All on the lucky 13th floor of their Ocean Tower, I got to drop by: *Pro Bar, the only gay bar in an Atlantic City casino. Potted palms dot the dance floor, where lesbians flail around, mixed with some gay guys, and a few slummin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2012

    Atlantic City Diving Horse Act Creates Controversy

    via​If you watch Boardwalk Empire you are aware that the Atlantic City of yore was filled with some pretty bizarre attractions (exhibits displaying babies in incubators, Paz de la Huerta). Well, now one attraction that originated in the 1920s is set for a return, and is making animal activists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Alain Allegretti Following Marc Forgione, Decamps to Atlantic City

    Sure, you can call Atlantic City the Las Vegas of the East Coast, but the big difference between the two cities is that Las Vegas still retains glamour while Atlantic City has fallen into ruin. But the city might soon get an influx of culinary talent. Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Jose Garces to Open Three Restaurants in Revel

    ​Jose Garces, of Iron Chef, has agreed to open three restaurants in Revel, a new casino project planned for Atlantic City. [Eater] Caffe Storico, Chef Jim Burke's latest venture, will open at the New-York Historical Society on Saturday. [Grub Street]

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    An October 18 Warning: Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" Will Be Everywhere This Holiday Season

    ​This year's crop of holiday-themed records includes albums by the likes of She & Him, Tony Bennett, and Scott Weiland. But the one that will probably emerge as sales champ (or at least get mentioned by a lot of people on Twitter) is Under The Mistletoe, the first seasonally minded release fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Bestiality Books For Sale at 99c Store! (NSFW)

    ​The Atlantic City boardwalk is known for 99-cent stores selling the world's most affordable candy, fly swatters, and novelty ash trays shaped like bosoms. But a whole new bunch of trash must have fallen off the truck because the other day, on my trip to the Boardwalk Empire, I found a cache ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Long Island Serial Killer Website Is Like An Art Project, Creator Claims

    ​ looks part-cheesy and part-terrifying, like any good murder movie. The header is written in the scratchy font you might find on a metal band T-shirt and the headlines are equally ominous and outrageous. But the events discussed on the blood red and black website are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Long Island Serial Killer Victims, Plus Atlantic City Women, All on Facebook After Death

    ​Eight murdered women -- four found on Long Island among ten total bodies and four found in Atlantic City years ago -- have all shown up recently in fake Facebook profiles, the Philadelphia Daily News reports today. The creepy and sparse page for Kim Raffo, for example, found in 2006, features ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Atlantic City Finally Gets a Gay Bar!

    ​Yes, the glitzy Jersey resort town of Atlantic City does have a gay bar, if you look around and survey the entire region. The West Side Club -- which I love -- exudes a sort of raw appeal in the heart of a not-great neighborhood that's a seven-minute drive away. (I've counted.) But I've nev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    New York Serial Killer Probably Didn't Hit New Jersey

    ​Police said on Wednesday that the bodies of four prostitutes found around Atlantic City, New Jersey back in 2006 do not seem to have anything to do with the eight bodies (and maybe ninth and tenth sets of remains) found on Long Island, near Gilgo and Jones Beach, since late 2010. Thought to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Boardwalk Empire Briefly Resurrects Gage & Tollner

    ​Monte's isn't the only historic and defunct Brooklyn restaurant that's showing signs of life: Thanks to HBO, Gage & Tollner is also being resurrected, if only for a day or so.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Here She Comes, Miss'd America

    ​ Well, that's actually the second runner up in the photo. (And though her cones look vaguely Madonna-esque, she' s actually doing Gaga--and very well, thank you.) Below I'll show you which drag queen won the splashy pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday after judges like myself, Mark Segal, Coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Black Swan, Cyndi Lauper, South Beach, and Cockpit Jokes!

    ​CLICK HERE for my yuletide potpourri of a column which goes from movie premieres to Florida sun frolicking to free buffets to casino culture and back to the free buffets!

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Ask the Critic... Er, Cocktail Waitress: Doing Shots

    flickr/_Fidello_So many ways to drink badly​ As a cocktail waitress at an infamous Village dive, I get asked a lot of off-putting things: "Did you go to college?" "Do you do yoga?" "What do your tattoos mean?" "Will you belly dance?" "Are you down for a hotel party in Atlantic City? We'll tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    I Won a Gooth Magazine Readers' Choice Award!

    ​For best columnist! This was presented recently at Splash by the magazine, which covers gay clubs, music, and I guess columnists.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The Guy Fieri Show at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City

    ​The chef steps away for a moment, and the duck begins to burn. Julia Moskin published an excellent piece in the NY Times this morning on the subject of a Guy Fieri show she'd witnessed in Atlantic City recently. As luck would have it, I attended the same show. Here are my personal impression ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Best Atlantic City & Vicinity Eats: White House Sub Shop

    ​Cheesecake at the sub shop: As we rose to leave, a bevy of Miss America candidates burst in the door, beaming. In its emphasis on gambling and the general encouragement of vice, our own Atlantic City is the spitting image of Vegas; in fact, many of the casinos have the same names. But in one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial Is...Not a Joke

    Via The Forward/Claudio Papapietro​Ever come into contact with the expression wherein one "needs a night in Atlantic City"? Whoever coined it obviously never foresaw the day Atlantic City would be getting a Holocaust memorial.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor, Calls for Atlantic City Makeover

    ​Watch out, Vegas, Atlantic City might get all done up like a fresh-faced showgirl (oxymoron?) if legislatures agree with a proposal to spruce up the still kinda gritty boardwalk-clad gambling city with a state-controlled plan. At a press conference today, Christie stood firmly behind the prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Here Is The Most Wildly Inappropriate Michael Jackson-Themed Onesie Imaginable (NSFW, Let Alone For Your Baby)

    ​From the great Rich Four Four comes this profoundly disturbing article of baby clothing, apparently for sale on the Atlantic City boardwalk. "I can't even, really," he notes. "This is maybe the greatest thing I've ever seen." Totally willing to cosign half of that. Unpacking the imagery here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Unluckiest Day Ever: Chinatown Bus Crashes En Route to Atlantic City Casino

    ​Some people are just not lucky. Not at all. Which is perhaps why they're on the way to Atlantic City -- quite possibly one of the most desolate, soul-sucking places on the planet, regardless of whether you're frequenting one of the fancy new casinos or loitering outside the "We Buy Gold" plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    The Rain Man Class of 2010: Cooper Union Graduates!

    Photo by F. Kamer, taken for the 2010 Shit We See on the Street collection, presented by The Runnin' Scared No-Go-Gagosian Gallery. Click to enlarge.​Don't let NYU, Columbia, The New School, Hunter, City University, Baruch, Hofstra, Pace, or any of the others outshine you, Cooper Union!

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Hear M.I.A.'s Unlikely New Single, "XXXO"

    A rip from the premiere on BBC's Radio 1 earlier today, when the DJ called it "the hottest record in the world right now." Hints of Justice, Z100, the mediation of social interactions by technology, clubs in Atlantic City. This the first official single off the still untitled N.E.E.T./Interscope L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Health Care Bill Helps Millions, Screws Over Tanners

    ​Who would have thought passing the health care bill would directly affect how often the cast of MTV's The Jersey Shore can get their glow on? The money for $940 billion overhaul of the health care system has to come from somewhere, so why not tax the tanners, right? The plan adds a 10 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Lindsay Lohan is Hosting a Pool Party!

    ​Lindsay Lohan's career might have hit a bit of a snag, but her partying hasn't. And now she's geting paid for it! On Saturday February 20, Lindsay is making a special appearance at the event called Pool After Dark at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Ryan Seacrest Whipped By Women!

    Project Publicity​CLICK HERE and read my new column, in which singer extraordinaire Raven O talks about the time he enabled the American Idol host to get 20 lashes from...well, read it and see for yourself. Believe me, it redefines "pussy whipped." The fun-tastic column also welcomes you to: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Lady Gaga Will Hang With The Gays Again

    via​Take this with a grain of menstrual blood, but the word on the street is that this Saturday, Lady Gaga might--repeat, MIGHT--go to Club 57, the weekly gay party at the multi-level West 57th Street club called Providence. But I checked the girl's schedule and it turns out she' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    What's Your Best Comeback Line?

    ​I was recently seated at a private dinner in a New Jersey casino, where a publicist at the table was vehemently urging me to visit the local lighthouse. I looked dramatically unimpressed, so in desperation she cooed, "It's the most phallic attraction in Atlantic City!"

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Why Do Hotels Add Extra Expenses To Your Bill?

    ​Let me effortlessly answer that right away: To scam extra bucks! Whenever I've checked out of a hotel, the bill usually reflects the fact that they have arbitrarily added extra charges, hoping you won't notice them or you won't get too alienated if you do.

  • Columns

    September 29, 2009

    Gay Celebs Descend on Atlantic City!

    Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Marilyn Monroe and Studies in Crap Unite to Contemplate Cleavage and Toast Miss America, 1953

    Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Miss America Pageant Official Year Book Date: 1952 Discovered at: Antique mall The C ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 22, 2009


    Ira Glass makes you a billionaire

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    New Fast Train Will Take You to Atlantic City, Penury

    The unemployment numbers are tough, so it's a good time to head for Atlantic City and make the rent the old-fashioned way. Today Atlantic City Express Service, aka ACES, joins Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to christen their direct (with one stop in Newark) weekend service between Penn Station and the ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2008

    Atlantic City: The Next 'Next Big Thing'

    Trawling for future trends in both nightlife destinations and cheeky rap collectives

  • Columns

    September 14, 2004
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    August 19, 2003
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