The news of a Boardwalk collapse last Thursday was somewhat muted by its location, far from casinos and stores and tourists, around the bend past Revel and bordering the inlet that separates Absecon Island from good old Brigantine, the Australia of the Jersey shore (and future home of Patrick Kennedy, his bride and their baby, when they can move out of her parent's house in Absecon.)
This part of the Boardwalk has been crumbling for years, and part of it has been blocked off, sadly. The collapse happened after pilings gave out, leaving it somewhat poetically in mid-collapse, the piling leaning one way, the buckled Boadwalk leaning the other, a bench in mid-slide, the wood curving like an accordian, but seemingly not more than a plank or two actually detached. If you look closely at the jetty in the distance, you can see a lone early fisherman at the end.
This is a really undervalued part of Atlantic City. The inlet waves and views are just epically beautiful, a little fiercer than the ones that border the casino row of Atlantic City, which also have big sand dunes that make it hard to see the ocean from the boardwalk. This is near where the old Capt. Starns restaurant used to be, and not far from Gardiner's Basin on the bayside, another undervalued part of Atlantic City, places a little closer to its alternate identity as a barrier island and fishing port. (As opposed to seaside casino town). This spot, just off Maine Avenue, is also a go-to spot during Hurricanes and Nor'easters to see some dramatic churnted up ocean, which may also explain why it was the first place to give way. City officials are talking about demolishing, which is sad, in favor of expanding the sea wall as a promenade. Either way, it's a spot worth seeking out, Boardwalk or not.
And here's the video, which in its loneliness and collapsed Boardwalk and rushing waves, seems like it could have been taken in some future time, after all the casinos have finally collapsed themselves, and the water is still rising, and the Army Corps has given up, and the island is returned to nature. Oh jeez.