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Oh yeah... All summer long on the boardwalks, beaches, arcades. Long Branch really nose dived after the pier burned down. All of the stores, bars, etc starting dying off. What a shame. I used to ride my bike through Oceanport/Long Branch to go swimming in West End off of Ocean Ave, the Windmill... Ahhh the memories. It was really nice in the 80s.

Here's a video of the 1987 fire...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if91muWV-Bk&feature=related

Another good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxd9t81d6ck&feature=related

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quote:
Originally posted by jdocster:
Oh yeah... All summer long on the boardwalks, beaches, arcades. Long Branch really nose dived after the pier burned down. All of the stores, bars, etc starting dying off. What a shame. I used to ride my bike through Oceanport/Long Branch to go swimming in West End off of Ocean Ave, the Windmill... Ahhh the memories. It was really nice in the 80s.

Here's a video of the 1987 fire...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if91muWV-Bk&feature=related

Another good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxd9t81d6ck&feature=related

sounds like you were at "the pit". that was the dead end street located between the movie theater and the windmill on the ocean side of ocean ave. many a night i spent there.

i remember that day vividly. my friends and i were hanging out at my boys house, drinking, smoking weed, and laying around in his pool. then all of the sudden one of my friends comes running into the backyard screaming about all of the smoke billowing from the beach. we lived about 2 blocks off of north end beach and about a 1/2 mile north of the pier and we could see the smoke clear as hell(plus it was a nice warm summer day) although at the time we had no idea what was going on. that was the beginning of the end for a long time for that part of town. now it's all gone. they have rebuilt that whole area now, though it took 20 yrs, but now it's all ritzy and super expensive. there will never be another place like that again in jersey. i miss it a lot.

that second vid makes me want to cry. sooooo many memories from that whole area. my first kiss. fishing off the pier. jumping off the boardwalk into the ocean. the arcades. skating all around. skating down the water slide after it closed. too much more stuff to mention.

here's something you might like:

http://www.darkinthepark.com/Haunted%20Mansion/Home/lbhome.htm

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This one time, my friends and I heard that there was a dead body, so we spent a day walking out into the woods, avoiding trains and bullies, and learning a lot about ourselves in the meanwhile... oh hang on, that was Stand By Me.

I lived in a tiny little town of 200 people, so we had to make our own fun. During my pre teens there was an old factory that we used to fool around in, it was great fun, incredibly dangerous of course - so dangerous that one day poor Ben Madden fell through the 2nd level floor and broke both legs. Goes without saying we never were allowed back there again.

By the time I was a teenager, most of the other kids families had moved away and I pretty much just had my younger brother and sister to hang out with, which wasn't much fun.

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quote:Originally posted by jdocster:
Oh yeah... All summer long on the boardwalks, beaches, arcades. Long Branch really nose dived after the pier burned down. All of the stores, bars, etc starting dying off. What a shame. I used to ride my bike through Oceanport/Long Branch to go swimming in West End off of Ocean Ave, the Windmill... Ahhh the memories. It was really nice in the 80s.

Here's a video of the 1987 fire...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if91muWV-Bk&feature=related

Another good vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxd9t81d6ck&feature=related

sounds like you were at "the pit". that was the dead end street located between the movie theater and the windmill on the ocean side of ocean ave. many a night i spent there.

i remember that day vividly. my friends and i were hanging out at my boys house, drinking, smoking weed, and laying around in his pool. then all of the sudden one of my friends comes running into the backyard screaming about all of the smoke billowing from the beach. we lived about 2 blocks off of north end beach and about a 1/2 mile north of the pier and we could see the smoke clear as hell(plus it was a nice warm summer day) although at the time we had no idea what was going on. that was the beginning of the end for a long time for that part of town. now it's all gone. they have rebuilt that whole area now, though it took 20 yrs, but now it's all ritzy and super expensive. there will never be another place like that again in jersey. i miss it a lot.

that second vid makes me want to cry. sooooo many memories from that whole area. my first kiss. fishing off the pier. jumping off the boardwalk into the ocean. the arcades. skating all around. skating down the water slide after it closed. too much more stuff to mention.

here's something you might like:

http://www.darkinthepark.com/Haunted%20Mansion/Home/lbhome.htm

Yup, the pit! I haven't heard that name in years. Everyone used to go down to the beach and party. Then, the cops would make us move down the beach, then, they would come back later and make us move again. Bonfires and beers on the beach and then pigging out at the Windmill. We really are lucky we got to live in the 80s. Kids today missed the whole show. What a shame...

- jdocster [Frown]

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