Bart turns to ruin AC too....

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  1. Nytecat

    Nytecat Well-Known Member

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    All right, I took a jaunt to AC yesterday and this is what I observed. It's clearly a property in transition with signs calling this property "The Playground" and "The Pier at Caesars" both in plain site. Basically, only the front half of the mall (closest to the boardwalk) is currently open to the public. The one exception is the third level area with the lounge chairs in the sandboxes leading to the defunct water show and the special event rental area. That area is still open and rentable for private affairs. Yesterday there was a wedding party on hand. Oh, and Bart sucked all the sand out of the sandboxes on this level. Now the lounge chairs just sit on bare concrete but you still have the same great view looking downbeach.

    Now for the stores. Not a whole lot left and I can only imagine that at least some of the stores were relocated from farther back before construction got going. There are only five restaurants/cafes on the dining level. What was the place with the awning that says Luck, Life, Love or something like that? And the first two levels only had about 32 open stores spread among them including Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Victoria's Secret, Apple, and It's Sugar. Even with the active businesses confined to a small area, there are still a depressing number of vacant storefronts. The second level's trademark starlit sky look is still in place. I probably didn't miss much, but I do wish I took a closer look before they closed so much of the mall off to visitors.

    The House of Blues is basically a chain store except it's a chain of musical performance venues. With the Showboat closed I'm surprised I haven't heard anything yet about them moving to another AC location...possibly the Playground since it would fit Bart's plans perfectly.

    And even though it's not related to the Pier, I was pleasantly surprised to see Rainforest Cafe is still open. It's probably the only piece of the entire Trump Plaza complex still in operation.
     
  2. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    Ed Hardy store from a quick google search.


    Thanks for the update.


    The T-Street Venue opens Thursday!



    https://www.facebook.com/tstreetac

    http://www.playgroundpierac.com/
     
  3. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    mmmmm
     
  4. John Goodman

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    I love atlantic city and I think it will be great again.
     
  5. lzyprson

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    The best thing they have going for them in AC is the beach... I don't think the beer/music venue is all that bad of an idea.
     
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  6. DCnPhilly

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    So if AC's his "last hurrah" and his last chance to make a mark on an urban area, what's that mean for the Inquirer Building and Broad & Washington? If he wasn't simply misquoted, I really hope those properties change hands quickly and wind up with someone more ambitious. They aren't properties that need to be sat on while he dicks around in AC.
     
  7. hammersklavier

    hammersklavier A Fortnight Dead

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    I think Mother Nature tried that already. It didn't take.
     
  8. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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  9. John Goodman

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    I guess bart still has the casino bug

    Good news i think, AC needs all it can get
     
  10. DCnPhilly

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    He thinks Trump's gonna be too busy running the White House to pay attention to his casinos, and hopes to cash in on his absence. "Yeah, well good luck with that," I say with my best Stewie Griffin accent.
     
  11. hausfrau

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    Can't we find someone competent to revitalize A.C.?
     
  12. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    That would mean revitalization is seen as a possible thing by everyone. right now everyone is just trying to, as they say in gambling, break even.
     
  13. John Goodman

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    bart's the one crazy enough to try, god bless him
     
  14. Jayfar

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    Stockton selling Showboat for less than it has spent on it | Philadelphia Inquirer

     
  15. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    I'm still confused why they bought it in the first place?
     
  16. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    They were going to run part of it as a hotel to give hands-on experience to students in their hospitality management program, is my understanding.
     
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    MONOPOLY? Blatstein to land a second Atlantic City pier | Philly.com

     
  18. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    Blatstein to reopen Showboat in Atlantic City - with no casino | Philly.com
     
  19. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    How did Blatstein get Showboat, and why is his stuff always in a legal battle? lol
     
  20. eldondre

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    Hard to blame blastein here
     
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  22. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    Still playing with monopoly money I see....
     
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    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    He really loves AC....Lets hope that it all pans out for AC.
     
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    Bart Blatstein wants to turn Showboat tower in Atlantic City into apartments | Philly.com

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    Blatstein has been buying up properties in Atlantic City for years, with mixed results. He converted the former Pier at Caesars into a rebranded Playground, but nearly all those entertainment venues have closed. The Pier's Apple store closed this summer, and many of the storefronts are vacant. The Pier still has a wedding and events venue called One Atlantic, a candy shop, and other retail, and a third floor full of restaurants with ocean views, including stalwarts Buddakan and Continental.

    Blatstein also owns the Garden Pier across from Showboat, which briefly operated as an outdoor bar but little else. Two museums — an arts museum and a historical museum — were displaced after Blatstein purchased the pier.

    Showboat seemed to find a bit of a niche identity this summer with some quirky conventions and reinvigorated food options, including the Worship Surf Bar on the Boardwalk. Its location between two casinos that reopened this summer — Hard Rock in the former Trump Taj Mahal and Ocean Resort Casino in the former Revel — seemed fortuitous. But the property is still controlled by a deed restriction from Caesars that prevents its reopening as a casino.

    Blatstein, however, has begun the process of getting a casino license.


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