THE GREAT AMERICAN VACATION
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As the crow flies, it's less than 40 miles from Manhattan. By car or train, less than a two-hour journey. Yet it is truly a world away: a sedate stretch of white sand where century-old inns, charming seaside shops, and a non-commercial boardwalk promise couples and families an escape from the metropolis and the raucous party towns to the north and south.
The Boardwalk Empire is striking back. After years of declining revenues and urban decay, the city has found optimism in scaffolding and the...