There is a decent population of homeless in Atlantic City. Some are your garden variety, normal homeless(who i feel very bad for, must of whom are just down on their luck). Some are a more aggressive/crazy homeless. Most will not bother you, and if they do bother you a firm "no" will usually take care of them. However, there are a few out there that will try a little harder to get your change. Some will curse and you, some will threaten you.
Some homeless hang out in front of stores and will ask for you change as you leave. (especially on the New York Avenue and South Carolina Avenue 7-11 stores) Also, you will find that on occasion, the homeless make their way into the casinos. Just tell a Security Officer at your casino and they usually make sure the homeless find their way out.
Be very, very careful if you decide to venture off and do some shopping in the Outlet Walk. Along with a large population of homeless people, there seems to be an even larger population of drug addicts and prostitutes.
They seem to hang out around the AC Boardwalk and away from the hotels near the shopping outlets.
Ladies should hold on to their purses and be very alert to their surroundings, never venture out of the hotel area alone.
There seems to be a very large population of homeless people in Atantic City and it is more prevelant in and around the Broadwalk area. I definitely wouldn't feel safe walking around at night alone and would recommend that you travel with others and be alert.
On my visit to trumpmarina for 2 days my husband and i noticed some unsavory characters on the casino floor. we commented to each other how it seened more seedy thn our past visits. well on the day we were leaving my husband took our luggage down to the self parking garage to discover he had left the keys behind in the room. the suicase was large and had a wheel come off. my husband put the juggage behind the car and came back quicly to tje room to get the car keys. we rushed back to the car and our suitcase was gone. the security was not as alarmed as we were. they called the atlanticcity police and though feeling bad for us. I knew we were going home without our things. casn, expensive aniversary flutes,clothes and my wallet with all my credit cards. all gone. I guess we were to trusting of the trumpmarina. they didint call us to see if we were ok. we kept callingt the casino but nothing was done. wasnt there a cameeeeeeeera in the self parking garage. If there was no answers for our loss. dont trust the place the trumpmarina . I really mad me mad. I hope you will heed the warning .
New Jersey (and Atlantic City in particular) is very strict about checking IDs. So if you're under 21, don't try to sneak in to any bars, you could lose your license and get fined. Be careful about staying off the casino floors, too. They serve alcohol to anyone gambling so you need to be 21 to even walk through. There are paths around the sides of most so you can get from one end to the other.
Even young kids (obviously too young to be interested in alcohol) are not allowed to sit near their parents on the casino floor. If you want to gamble AND bring the kids, it may be a good idea to hire a babysitter. The kids can spend time on the Boardwalk where there are rides and amusement park games or play on the beach.
you casn walk behind the casinos bur keep your guard up and dress the part, wear and old coat and a baseball cap over your face and keep away from crowds. behind the casinos are lots of bumbs and alike, for a good time go to the massage palors located behind the casinos. You will be greeted by a mamason and taken to a room to get ready for a table shower. Table showers by a young asiuan girla re exciting then go from there.
I lived in the Atlantic City area and worked at the former Bally's Grand Hotel and Casino, now the Hilton for 3 years.
I loved my job, and I really didn't run into too many real problems, but that's because I knew the trouble areas and to stay away from them.
At night, if you're not from A.C., you don't want to leave the casino area unless you know where you're going and you're in a car. Stay on the Boardwalk if you're going outside, and only go out during the earlier evening hours, when there's still people out.
Don't talk to the homeless people, and don't give them money. The panhandlers on the Boardwalk have enough, they don't need yours, and they might rob you if you get out your wallet.
Don't go out the front doors of the casinos onto Pacific Avenue.
And while you're on the Boardwalk, location really does matter. The end where the Showboat and Resorts are is also the end that's nearest the housing projects. The end where the Hilton is is very near Ventnor, which is where the wealthy people live. The Hilton end is the safer end.
If you do go driving through town, say to go over to Trump Castle or the outlet malls, keep your doors locked. (Is the Castle still there? It's been a while.)
Anyway, to get there, you'll have to drive through some ghettos. If you are at a stop light and you see people walking toward your car, floor it. If people wander out in front of your car, don't stop. They'll get out of your way.
All this said, did I have any real trouble while I lived there? No. We lived on California Avenue for a while before moving to Brigantine, and our neighbors weren't rich. They were also a mix of whites, blacks and Puerto Ricans (we're white) and we all worked at the casinos.
Oh, yeah, don't ask the hotel workers where the good local spots are. AC residents don't like tourists that much and sometimes the workers will tell the tourists really nasty spots just to keep them away from the good places. When you have to work with tourists all day you tend to not want them around you at night.
I've been to Atlantic City many times. The place is a run down slum, and even the casinos don't really compare to Vegas. Having walked through the streets many times at 3 or 4 AM, I can say this: First, you get approached by a hooker every block. The hookers are ugly and foul and not worth the time to patronize. Also, there are mostly male Negroes who stand on the street corners all night long wearing bright pink. They are also hookers, and should be avoided. I have never been threated or robbed, though I could see it happening. I've seen many people flip out and behave badly in casinos in a way I have not seen happen in Vegas. As the early morning comes on, there are a lot of passed out drunks on the streets, and often hanging in the hallways of the casinos and from the statues outside. All that said, Atlantic City does not feel dangerous -- of course, I work (but don't live) in a run down slum and am used to extreme poverty. There is a large police presence near the hotels. Atlantic City is for degenerate gambling. If you want to have fun, go to Vegas.
Beware the streets and boardwalk after dark. Even in front of the casinos the streets can be dangerously full of dealers, hookers, pimps, beggars, thieves and others. A hooded man with two companions forcefully warned us to not pass the closed down Sands casino on our way to Resorts and Showboat. A confrontation was inevitable and I took his word over possibly being mugged and relieved of my wallet and even life. Being aware of your surroundings is not enough here. Trouble can come quickly and from hidden areas. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security. This is nothing like almost any other city. Travel only by cab( the Jitney is pure misery) or just stay in the casinos past dark. Many of the casinos are connected by walkways, and these are safe. The whole city is a disgrace and ranges between extreme third world like poverty and extreme wealth.
stay in casino take the taxi this town is a dump needs a bath i just moved to area and cant wait to leave the whole ac is a dumb ho and pimps and pervs everwhere the cops are useless and ill go to south central la then come to this dump