Monday, June 19, 2017

Ocean City, MD "Things That Aren't There Anymore" | Attractions and Places that are Gone

This blog post is about businesses, places and attractions of days gone by in the coastal resort town of Ocean City. I needed a place to put all this stuff as it happens so I don't forget it, and while there's only a few entries now I will be adding more photos and info in the future.

Most recently was the demolition of the 94th Street Mall.

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A last look at the downtown English's location after closing several years ago. It's been renovated and is now a different restaurant, however the familiar names and simple brown structures that once dotted the streets are fading from the town.

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January 10th, 2018: This Facebook post on Trimper's Haunted House - Ocean City, MD shared the news that the Aladdin statue had departed from the amusement park. (Photo credit Trimper's Haunted House Facebook page).

"BREAKING: Aladdin has left the building. After over 40 years as a staple of Trimper's Rides, the Aladdin's Lamp funhouse (Salem Aleikum) has been permanently retired. Installed around 1975, the Arabian Nights-themed funhouse, complete with a genie who bowed his head from his seat atop the ride's entrance, offered a variety of dark corridors, floor obstacles, a maze, and illusions that made anyone proceed with caution and a sense of intrigue. Another one for the memory book, folks." More information on the website

News Article: "Trimper's: Losing the lamp, but maintaining the magic"

Follow Trimper's Rides on Facebook here.

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Remember J/R's, "The place for ribs?" It was an Ocean City favorite and beloved destination for than forty years.

There were two locations in OC, one at 140th street and the other at 62nd street, right as you would come off of the Route 90 bridge. (this postcard shows one in Rehoboth as well but that must have been before my time)

I took this in 2014 at the 62nd street location. It was the second one to close with the final season being summer 2015.

This is a photo of the North OC restaurant as it morphed into the Tokyo Crab House & Buffet in the spring of 2016.

Sadly, the 62nd Street building sat empty for almost two years. Here was the rental listing

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Info via Wayne Cannon:

"I would say that the Lagoon was there in the latter 1940's and through the 50's. The original Embers was on 9th Street and Boardwalk or just down the street from it. Sam and Irv Taustin opened that in the latter 50's. They would leave that area and move to where they are now and incorporate the Lagoon in their new Embers Restaurant."

"The Lagoon Restaurant was located where the current Embers Restaurant is located on 23-24th Street on the Bay. When it was the Lagoon it was owned by Dick and "Iggy" Hall and it was one of the first upscale, sit down restaurants in OC. The Taustin's bought the restaurant and property and built the Embers. The Lagoon was incorporated into the building of the Embers."

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