Ocean City's Curfew Appears To Be Working
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Jay Wright heard the calls from new Varsity Inn owners to hang the Villanova banner at the famed establishment.
What an absolute gentleman. Jay could be mayor of Ocean City if he wanted.
First Kelsey Grammer. Then Cole Hamels. Now, of course, Jay Wright. But I ask again, WHERE YOU AT, BRADLEY COOPER?! WHERE YOU AT?!?!?!?!
In the email today:
📆 Upcoming events
📺 6 ABC story on Ocean City curfew
🍕 Ocean City pizza: the ultimate blind taste test
🟦 Square pie cometh
🍽️ Dish of the week
🍩 Best jelly donuts on the island?
🍊 Flyers caravan visited Ocean City this week
🏠 Real estate update
👨💼 We’re hiring
🌊 Weather and tides
📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City
🤳 News Bits
Slow news week.
6 ABC Story on Ocean City Curfew 📺
I actually bumped into 6 ABC’s Beccah Hendrickson as she was doing this story the same day we shot our pizza review. I offered up a comment as a purveyor of Ocean City curfew coverage, but was told 6 ABC could “not promote other media outlets.” OK, then.
Anyway, the curfew seems to be working!
Only in Ocean City are the city officials also amusement park owners.
You can watch the video of the full report here.
Quasi-related: 6 ABC also did a story on the closing of Henry’s Jewelers which we told you about last week.
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🍕 Ocean City Pizza: The Ultimate Blind Taste Test (Coming Soon)
This week, we headed up to the Boards (indeed we walked them) and put Ocean City pizza to the test.
Five leading pizzas - including Manco, Prep’s, Mario’s, Bennie’s, and Express - served up to more than 20 people randomly for the ultimate, unbiased pizza review.
We are terrible on camera, so we brought along friend of the ‘letter, and the only weatherman in South Jersey, NorEaster Nick, to host the event.
We should have the results tallied and video ready by next week, but for now, here’s what I can tell you— in no particular order:
Pizza 1 was well received
Pizza 2 was said to have “soggy crust”
Pizza 3 was lauded for being different and unique
Pizza 4 received no first-place votes
Pizza 5 was a sleeper that convinced one participant to switch pizza allegiance
So who won? You may be shocked to find out.
Who would get your vote for best pizza on the island?
Choose one 🍕:
🟦 Square Pie Cometh
Speaking of pizza, and speaking of Express - this section is not sponsored, I promise you - but Pizzapreneur Mike Fitzick (aka the Pizza Jew), whom we told you a few weeks ago would be taking over Express Pizza’s kitchen, says his famed square pie will soon be making an appearance:
Fitzick is known for his famed square pie at the now-closed Bakeria 1010 in Linwood, and Bar 1010 in Philly.
We’ve been anxiously awaiting this, and it appears the square is… right around the corner.*
*Thanks— I’m here all week.
🍽️ Dish of the Week: Prep’s Chicken Tenders
I debated whether this could serve as a Kid’s Corner, since this may appeal to many youngsters, but it’s stellar for adults too.
I dined in Prep’s while performing market research for our pizza taste test. Wanting to offset the cluster of cows teet I consumed in cheese over the preceding 12 hours, I decided to order chicken tenders with buffalo sauce on the side.
What a call. Scorching hot, crispy, fresh, with a Pete’s Red Hot-style buffalo sauce on the side, these absolutely hit the spot.
If you’re looking for something a bit more nutritious than chocolate-dipped bacon, pizza, or French fries the next time you’re Walking The Boards, then I recommend dipping in to Prep’s and ordering the tenders. Just wait about two minutes after they come out if you value the roof of your mouth.
🍩 Best Jelly Donuts on the Island?
Someone posed this as a question in the Ocean City Facebook group, and there were two answers, split evenly:
Chester’s (in Somers Point)
We… might need a taste off.
🍊Flyers Caravan Visited Ocean City This Week
The Flyers caravan visited Ocean City on Wednesday, bringing Gritty, Scott Hartnell, and Keith Jones, among others, to town.
Maddie Vitale has a full recap and more pics here.
In other mascot news, Ocean City has announced that Swoop will join Gritty and the Phanatic at Night in Venice next Saturday.
🏠 Real Estate Update
Did you know Walking The Boards has a newsletter dedicated to Ocean City Real Estate?
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An Off-Market Sale Gives Way To Premium New Construction Opportunity on Central
Just the casual estate sale at an old home on a premium lot on the beach side of Central along the Gold Coast.
2539 Central is a 40 x 100 lot. The current house was built in 1932. Its location is near unbeatable:
But when we noticed this estate sale sign last week, we did a little digging and discovered that the property has recently changed hands-- sold to a premium builder.
We're told they plan to build two 4-bedroom, 2- or 3-bathroom condos on the lot.
There is no record of the transaction, and no listing for the new construction yet. But we have a bit of the inside beat on this one. And since you're part of an elite team of readers who keeps up to date on Ocean City with Walking The Boards, we might be able to help if you're interested.
Reply to this email and we can try to make the connection for you.
👨💼 We’re Hiring!
Love Ocean City? Love the Shore? Good a social media? Have a passion for real estate?
We’re hiring a real estate writer:
Real Estate Writer
Looking for someone with professional experience in digital media, journalism, or anything where you have to hold the attention of an audience.
You will report on all aspects of the real estate industry, including residential, commercial, and development sectors, providing insights to our readers, with a unique focus on the local market trends and narratives.
If you are interested, either respond to this email or email me at [email protected].
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🌊 Weather and Tides
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