Sign of Summer

From childhood family vacations to weekend trips from New York City with friends, Wildwood, New Jersey always stood out from everywhere else. In the 1990s, we started making photo excursions part of our vacations to document the evolving city. The Sign of Summer photos are the result of ten years walking down side streets, on the boardwalk, or beachside.

A little about Wildwood. Wildwood is a city at the bottom of New Jersey, below Stone Harbor, just above Cape May and the Delaware Bay. In a state lined with amazing beaches, Wildwood’s five miles can stretch up to a quarter mile from boardwalk to ocean. It is the longest beach on New Jersey’s 125 mile stretch. It also boasts the largest boardwalk—built up in the fifties,and made accessible with the completion of the Garden State Parkway.

Wildwood began with family bungalows, small stores, and locally-run restaurants, interspersed with Doo Wop-styled motels. Many of those classic motels, along with their revival offspring, are still there today.