#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

#25: Hurricane Sandy Response


Good afternoon, readers! I hope everybody is staying safe after Hurricane Sandy! As many of you probably know, she made landfall last night around 8:00 PM near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The flooding was historical, and she is the worst storm to make landfall since 1903. Over one million people in the Garden State are currently without power, and the majority of the shore is still evacuated and underwater.

In the midst of all the destruction and disaster, however, there is one bright spot—I was, and continue to be, very pleased with how the officials in New Jersey responded to the disaster. I felt that I was constantly informed of any danger that could result, all the appropriate evacuations were taken, and Governor Christie even offered to move Halloween to November 2nd to keep the children of New Jersey safe.

I believe we also owe a huge thank you to the newscasters who put themselves in danger to inform us and keep us posted. It’s an amazing feeling to know that when a natural disaster threatens the citizens of New Jersey, we have many people willing to inform us, help us, and guide us through the experience.

If you have any pictures of storm damage, please, feel free to post them in a comment or email them to me at kristenlovesnewjersey@gmail.com as long as you’re safe!
I hope everybody’s doing well!

Until next time,
~Kristen

Hurricane Sandy Is Approaching!


Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall between tomorrow and Tuesday, very close to where I live. I’m not going to lie, I am a bit nervous!
I hope you guys are all staying safe; this is a dangerous storm and I want you guys to be safe during and after!
I’ll be tweeting throughout the storm, provided the power doesn’t go out, @thenewnewjersey. So feel free to follow me there if you’d like updates!
I plan to also be writing some blog posts throughout the storm (the old fashioned way, with pen and paper of course!) so I’m excited to write and post them.
If your comments or emails don’t get approved or answered over the next few days, please understand I’m probably just in a place where it’d be near impossible to access the Internet. I’ll be thinking of you guys!
Until next time,
~Kristen

#24: Indian Acres


Boo! Did I scare you? It’s finally autumn, both officially and unofficially! It’s chilly in the morning, sweater and boot weather; the leaves are changing and falling off. It’s also October—the month of being scared speechless through haunted hayrides, haunted houses, and creepy attractions guaranteed to make you squirm, all in honor of Halloween. One of my favorite places to go to be straight-through-to-your-bones scared is Indian Acres Haunted Hayride and Forest Walk.

The journey starts off with a hayride, not haunted per-say but scary nonetheless. While nothing will jump out at you or outright try to make you scream, riding a rickety wagon in the dark, knowing you’re about to embark on a haunted forest walk is enough alone to give you the heebie-jeebies.

After the brief hayride, you stand before a dark, seemingly endless forest. As you begin to walk in, everything will start off calm…maybe you hear a few terrified screams from within, but it’s not so bad…just very dark. Then out of nowhere…you hear chainsaws! You can’t see anything, but chainsaws are snapping in between your legs and you can’t run away…they’re chasing you as you try…and finally you escape, into a not-so-comforting dark cemetery, or a laboratory filled with chemistry experiments gone wrong. Throughout your forest walk, more chainsaws will sound as if they are seconds away from your legs, you’ll walk through a creepy cemetery, fog will impair your vision, men in costumes will follow you, and all the while in a pitch black forest. Prepare to scream, often and loud.

If you survive (joke! You’ll surely come out unharmed!) there’s apple cider, apple cider donuts, hot chocolate and many other autumn delicacies available for purchase. This is a great way to get scared pantless!

Until next time,
~Kristen

**For more information, check out Indian Acre’s website here!