The apartment building at 100 South Providence Ave. in Atlantic City, constructed by my great-grandparents in 1916, endured its first brush with Mother Nature during the March 1962 storm.
Our basement, with its original coal bins and storage closets, was flooded. My late father, Maurice Nathanson, quoted in the book “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore,” noted that the water came up approximately 18 inches above street level at Pacific Avenue. The lot where the Bally Grand (now Atlantic City Hilton) stands was completely covered with water. The water met from the bay to the boardwalk in many locations.
His cigar store and luncheonette at Sovereign and Atlantic avenues remained open throughout the storm, as did his neighboring businesses, Nickelson's Bar and Caldwell Liquor Store. The Chevrolet agency at Boston and Arctic had to move all the vehicles. Following the storm every car had on the title, “Flood Damaged.”
Stella Ann Nathanson Borenstein