Off the Path from New York to Boston

Paul Smith’s house on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
Davis Dunavin / WSHU Public Radio

It’s not unusual to hear music on a boardwalk in New Jersey on a nice summer day. But there’s one house — on one boardwalk — where the music plays all day, every day, every summer. And it’s always the same performer coming from the speakers: one of New Jersey’s favorite sons.

The Atlantic City boardwalk circa 1930-1945, around the time 'Monopoly' was released commercially.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library

How did Atlantic City end up as the inspiration for all those place names in Monopoly — Marvin Gardens, Park Place, the Boardwalk? It’s a tale of race and social conflict you’d never suspect when you sit down to play one of America’s most famous board games.

Some of the "cozy cabin style" accommodations at Kate's Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper, N.Y.
Monica Coleman

Interested in a kitschy, kooky and cool Catskills motel? How about one previously owned by B-52s singer Kate Pierson? Kate listed her motel for sale this summer. Revisit Davis's 2018 trip to "Kate's Lazy Meadow" and decide if you'd like to visit a real-life Love Shack — or maybe own it outright.

Tower Optical employees service a row of machines and collect quarters outside Johnny’s Reef in City Island, N.Y.
Davis Dunavin / WSHU

If you're on the road this summer, you may find yourself looking at a scenic vista through one of those coin-operated viewing machines. You know the ones — binoculars on poles, encased in a metal shell. And if you do, there's a good chance you're looking through a machine assembled in a small factory in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Yvette Cariou O'Brien and the statue of the Little Prince she helped bring to Northport, Long Island.
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‘Off the Path’ is taking a summer break, but we’re revisiting a few of our favorite episodes. In 2019, Davis visited Long Island to learn the story of a French classic — ‘The Little Prince’ — written not in France, but on Long Island’s North Shore.