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Pinky Kravitz Featured in New York Magazine

Mr. Kravitz is featured in New York Magazine.

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(Photo Credit Pinky Kravitz / New York Magazine)

We moved here when I was 6. I went to Atlantic City High School. It was a great time. The boardwalk was the place to be. The Steel Pier offered vaudeville shows with big names; we had the circus down at the end of the pier, and we had a dance hall with big bands like Benny Goodman. There was a bowling alley on the boardwalk; my first job, when I was 11, was as a pin boy picking up the pins. On Easter Sunday, people would be there in their finest clothes. You would have 300,000 people walking the boardwalk. Al Jolson came here, all the Ziegfeld performers. We were the tryout town for a lot of Broadway. There was gambling, but it was illegal; nightclubs had back rooms with a peephole. In the fifties, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis got together at the 500 Club. The Beatles came in 1964 and played the Steel Pier. They had to put them in a fish truck in order to get them through the crowd. I went to every Miss America pageant, but they didn’t modernize. The first casino, Resorts, opened in 1978. Trump came in and helped to revitalize with three hotels: the Hilton, Trump Plaza, and the Taj Mahal. Then he lost interest. In the early nineties, Atlantic City became the boxing capital of the country. Don King brought a lot of fights. We were good friends. All the celebs would come, and there would be parties after. Then the Borgata opened in 2003. And boom—the tourists came. I’m not against it. The city has a bright, new, young appeal again.

It is great to read positive stories about Atlantic City.   Pinky represents the charm that comes from things that are uniquely Atlantic City.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “Pinky Kravitz Featured in New York Magazine

  1. God bless Pinky. He’s been great for AC. But I really think he’s lost it in the last couple of years. Sometimes he forgets what he’s saying. Sometimes he just talks nonsense. But his history is unquestioned and he’s certainly a legend. And I guess if he retired, he’d just die, so you might as well go out doing what you love to do….

    Posted by dave202 | May 13, 2009, 12:35 pm
  2. Pinky is a real gentleman and wonderful ambassador of AC. Great article!

    Posted by American Gaming Guru | June 18, 2009, 10:47 am

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