"Welcome to the bottom of the world" – it’s a common greeting in the southern-most communities of Cumberland County, where New Jersey drops off into the Delaware Bay.
These days, when Atlantic City residents get together, the talk usually turns to Sandy repairs. But on a recent Sunday morning, over a brunch a group of friends gathered to talk about the city’s glamorous and faded past.
The Wildwoods, as they are called, have been the butt of many jokes about saggy pants this year, but residents and those who love the towns at the Jersey Shore say they have more to offer than meets the eye.
"In general, all entertainment is what you can't get at home. That's almost a definition," said Jack Morey, a partner in the his family's business, Morey's Piers. One of its properties, Adventure Pier, is known for its high-adrenaline attractions, like an all-wooden roller coaster that swirls above and below the pier, a giant swinging arm that whips its passengers in a circle, and a system of pullies and ropes that suspend riders, face-down, 30 feet in the air.
To this melange of graviety-defying thrills, Morey has added art.