#28: The Moorestown Mall


When rain and stormy weather strike—and there has been no shortage of either of the two this summer—there’s always one place in New Jersey that’s dry and safe, and that’s the Moorestown Mall. I ventured there a few days ago to beat the terrible weather. The mall itself is really nicely decorated; fountains throughout the mall and in the food court create a comforting and inviting ambience. The food court itself was clean, with a fairly large selection to choose from, including the Jersey mall-staple Saladworks. The layout of the mall is a little abnormal, which at times can make it difficult to follow or find what you’re looking for, but overall it’s not too confusing. The mall feels empty at times, with many vacant storefronts and even fewer passerby (I was there on a Saturday night—what typically would seem like a fairly crowded mall time). But mall rats and shop-a-holics need not worry, because the stores that are there are quite nice—Lord and Taylors, American Eagle, Hollister, several jewelry stores and several other typical mall stores. All in all? The Moorestown Mall is definitely an enjoyable place to spend a few hours!

Tomorrow I’m going down the shore, so I’ll be sure to share some of the fun with you guys! Remember you can follow me on Twitter @thenewnewjersey to get the latest updates!

Until next time,

~Kristen

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#27: Stronger Than The Storm


It’s been just slightly under a year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore and inland counties, and although we’ve made remarkable progress in recovering, there’s still work to be done. Sandy caused almost $37 billion in damages, including major floods, property damage and, most notably, extreme destruction to the shore points. Everyone has seen the now infamous pictures of the roller coaster stranded at sea, or the destroyed boardwalk of Seaside Heights. However, as last June rolled around New Jersey faced a new challenge: how to save the shores in time for the upcoming tourist season.

The first challenge was helping displaced citizens—Sandy’s higher-than-13-feet storm surges caused over $10 billion in property damages. Along the shore line, homes were swept away to sea, sand dunes meant to protect the towns were destroyed and larger items such as boats were thrown across cities. In many shore towns, evacuations lasted for weeks after the storm while military crews worked to clean up the mess. Thousands of people were left without power.

As those repairs were underway, so began the repairs of the shore. Boardwalks were destroyed, beaches were narrower due to erosion, and sand was thrown on the streets of the beach towns, making them impossible to drive on or pass through. The Jersey Shore is imperative to our economy, so it was important that crews started working right away. And now, about 10 months later, while there’s still a lot of work to do, we have made great strides towards recovering. The shore towns are repaired and open for business, just in time for the summer season. So come plan a visit, and let us show you why we are undoubtedly stronger than the storm.

Until next time,
~Kristen