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Keansburg Boardwalk, After Sandy Blew Through [VIDEO]

Images of the legendary boardwalk, captured Tuesday when the winds stopped blowing.

Hours after Hurricane Sandy blew through Jersey, Debbie Busse of West Keansburg grabbed her dog, camera and son and went to investigate the Keansburg Amusement Park.

"I had heard Keansburg had washed away and I had to go see," said Busse. "It's where I grew up. I have pictures of me on those rides, from when I was young. And I have pictures of my kids on those same rides."

At first glance, it was a scene too chaotic to digest. She said she felt "thrown off" by the disarray. Bumper cars had traveled down the boardwalk. The Tilt-a-Whirl cars had spun across the asphalt courtyard. The arcades were caked with slimy, slippery beach muck.

Instead of the smells of Villa Pizza, french fries with vinegar or zeppoles, the wind carried a muddy odor of decay. The Beachway buzz was gone, and instead there was a strange stillness. 

As she walked along Beachway, she and her son Brian peered into the abandoned arcades where some of the prizes had miraculously survived. They saw an adult man, arms full, carrying boxes of prizes like appliances. He told them, with the heavy hint of conspiracy, 'There's stuff on the shelves, if you want it.'" 

The boardwalk area has since been closed off by police. 

"For people around here, this place holds so many memories, and now they're all washed away," said Busse. 

Richard Burke November 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It will come back. The boardwalk there has been through many storms, Donna was a bad one back in 1962. it has memories for many of us. We used to walk in from Ideal Beach so as to save our money for the rides. Maybe we bought one slice of the best pizza in the world. We also walked home as we had no money left. But we had a great night. The bumper cars where the best as well the spook house and the old ferris wheel. But best of all was to come down on the good steamboat "City of Keansburg" and next would be the camelback engines pulling the old Jersey Central RR cars and not to forget the 99S Red & Tan bus.
Len November 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Omg that was just ......... I can't put it into words u no I never ever felt so sad to lose a pice of material things like I just did now!!!! Seeing the walk like that is just a tragedy it's horrible!!! I pray for everyone that was affected in the storm. May god see us threw these troubling times and may we see it was then in our lives there's only one set of footprints cause god carried us wen we needed him most he never would desert us!!!! All r in my thoughts and prayers. God bless Lenny c
Ally M November 04, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I am so sad, 1st for those suffering without a home in this tragedy but Keansburg Amusement Park holds so many memories for me growing up. I am 34 now and my whole family used to enter Skee- ball competitions there. The bumper cars, the car rollercoaster and all of the boardwalk games. Yes, it will come back!!! They bounced back from a fire so they will be back for sure !!!
Walter Cullen November 04, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Anyone know how fair haven weathered the hurricane?
Georgiane Peters November 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Keansburg holds so many memories for me: summer home of my childhood. The boardwalk, the 10 cent games, the best french fries and waffle ice cream sanwiches. Then walking my little boys and the thrill of their first rides. The peaceful days with Mom on the beach. God bless and protect Keansburg.
Ed Lamberson November 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I'm 42 and was raised there.we partied at one end of the walk,and bon jovi shot a video at the other side. Endless summer's. Ed
lisa November 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Thank u Debbie for sharing that with us. . Prayers for all those who lost their homes and their lives. The community will never be the same, but with everyone helping each other we can rebuild and start over.
Karen November 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
My brother lives in Fair Haven & they were ok but no power still when I talked to him yesterday.
Vince November 05, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I'm from Keansburg but live in Ohio now. The photos of the boardwalk are heartbreaking. I remember being on those rides as a child and I've brought my family to visit NJ where my children ride the same ones. They must rebuild the boardwalk. God bless Keansburg NJ!!
chrissi hixenbaugh November 05, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Ed Laberson...nice you hear that name. Chrissi Engelmann
Charlotte Cooke Shepard November 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Want to contact my cousins the Cookes of Red Bank and find out how they are doing. My email address is mrantqs@msn.com. Charlotte Cooke (Shepard)
meredith peltz November 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM
redbank has power....you should be able to get in touch....damage in redbank is not bad compared to the other areas so dont think the worst :)
Mary Ann McGrath Paone November 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
mary ann mcgrath paone o.k. I think I stopped crying after seeing these pictures. I went out of my way not to look at them because I knew it would break my heart. The Spook House my Dad would drag me into every Summer is gone, the train that I swear was old when I first rode it 50 years ago. Please. please try to rebuild. And God Bless everyone who lives in Keansburg, especially the ones who lost their homes and businesses,
Jacqueline Kidd November 06, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I grew up in Hazlet but spent a lot of time with friends at Keansburg boardwalk. I remember specifically the last time I was there. I remember playing some games in the arcade. I miss Keansburg and I miss my hometown. I know that they will rebuild. I live in Pa now and although I cannot volunteer, I have already donated money. Stay NJ Strong, you guys!!! I love NJ!!
Elise Greco November 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Chrissi, It's Elise. Are you all ok? Been worried about Alice. Couldn't get in touch. Please email me @ ejgfly@hotmail.com. Thanks...So glad to come across your post!
Elise Greco November 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I spent many summer weekends on the boardwalk in the 60's. My great uncle owned the carousel (my dad made candy in the candy shop). My other uncle was the captain of the City of Keansbug. Needless to say I have many great memories and am sad to see all of the destruction.
stacy echavarria November 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Many many great memories on this boardwalk....it truely breaks my heart to see the devestation....I'm forever changed...they may rebuild but it will never. Look the same!!!! I was raised in keansburg n will always remember the old walk
andy wojsiechowski November 09, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I cant believe what has happened at the boardwalk , My kids use to go there every summer till we moved to california in 1994 but have alway come there every year to visit family friends and the boardwalk. they must rebuild ,,, jolly jake was my favorite play it !!! Andy Wojciechowski

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