The operators of Atlantic City’s eight casinos won’t have to worry about competition from the new owner of the former Showboat Atlantic City casino hotel: Caesars Entertainment saw to that by slapping a deed restriction on the 26-acre property before selling it last week to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
For as long as I’ve been covering Atlantic City entertainment — that’s 36 years, if you’re keeping score — I’ve had my own little holiday writing ritual. To give people time to consider their end-of-the-year celebration options and maybe buy some tickets as stocking stuffers, the second column in December has usually been dedicated to a roundup of all the acts that will ring in a new year from the stage of a casino showroom.
Comedians have been known to occasionally tease their colleagues by shouting out “Too soon!” when one of them crosses the line separating good comedy from bad taste. The expression is often heard when someone tries to mine comedy too soon after a tragedy.
An important piece of Atlantic City’s past is sitting along the East River in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, waiting for an executioner’s axe to fall.