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Seaside Heights, Nearly 4 Months After Hurricane Sandy

February 18, 2013


Growing up in Philly (Fishtown to be exact,) the Jersey Shore and its many fun (and otherwise) attractions played a huge part in my family’s summer traditions. We’d go down the shore at least two or three times each summer. We almost always stayed at the same motel, the Flying Dutchman. With the exception of at least one memorable trip in particular, when I finally convinced my parents to shell out for the Lollipop Motel, because it had the biggest, coolest slide and all its outside doors and lights were brilliant, bright florescent colors.

My family created a lot of memories down the shore. So much so, in fact, that for the first Father’s Day after I moved out of my parent’s house when I was 18 or so, all my dad asked for was a day trip down the shore to walk the boardwalk and see the sights. My dad’s a very sentimental guy, despite his exterior.

And while Seaside may not have exactly been my family’s stomping ground (we always went to Wildwood,) much of the Jersery Shore’s barrier island towns look and feel very similar. So the visit I took to the still recovering Seaside Heights this past weekend felt eerily familiar nonetheless.

Check out more photos from Seaside Heights nearly 4 months after Hurricane Sandy…

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Oh, and if any of you were wondering, that MTV ‘Jersey Shore’ house seemed to fair well…


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    February 18, 2013 11:28 am

    Seaside was my stomping ground growing up, as my grandmother owned a house down the road in Chadwick Beach ( which I hear was pretty devastated as well). I spent many many hours of my youth riding the scary, rickety old roller coaster with my sunburn killing me everytime I screamed. Thanks (I guess, in a way) for the pics. I haven’t been down since the storm, but I have been meaning to take the trip.

  2. February 18, 2013 11:40 pm

    So sad. The flag still flying from the top of the roller coaster is amazing. Thanks Conrad, great photo essay.

    • February 19, 2013 12:28 am

      I think that flag was just planted recently by the guy who climbed up it and was then arrested. Not sure exactly why he climbed up, though.

      I’ve never been there (almost always Wildwood when my family went to the shore) but it’s sad to see. They may be able to fix things enough for the summer, but it’s hard to imagine how they’ll get there.

  3. Nancy permalink
    March 14, 2013 4:41 pm

    My husband & I and about 30 to 40 of our friends and family have been going to Seaside Heights the first week of August for about 12 or 13 years now. We were devastated to see what the storm did to one of our favorite places !!! We know they will rebuild and we will definitely be back this year to hopefully help build-up the economy. I got my first Tattoo at Adrenaline and my last one (maybe) last August. So many wonderful memories we have and we have met some fantastic people over the years.


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