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Casino Pier Aerial View

I never get bored with aerial views of Seaside Heights, especially aerial photos of the boardwalk. Here, you can compare the Casino Pier Amusement Center before and after the Ocean Terrace Avenue extension project in the 1980s. Before the road extension, the Casino’s arcade and pool divided Seaside Heights into the North End and South End, and required cars to make a left turn onto Grant Avenue, right turn onto the Boulevard, and right turn onto Sherman Avenue (and vice versa in the opposite direction) in order to drive the distance of the ocean block. With a magnifying glass you can also see how the Sky Ride traveled from the end of the pier toward the pool and made a 180 degree turn on the building’s roof. Many of you who lived in Seaside Heights or the Ocean County area will probably also remember the Christmas Village that was hosted by the Casino during the holidays. Today, similar mechanical Santa Clauses, reindeer, and elves are sold at Targets and Walmarts across America. How new all of it was to us then!

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