We stood on the boardwalk: on our left, the wide sandy beaches and the ocean; on our right, the new Luna Park.
The rides flooded me with memories of my Long Beach boardwalk childhood in the 1950s.
Both those who lived there year-round and those who rented in Long Beach (the population rising to almost 100,000 residents in the summertime) were drawn to the 2.1 miles of boardwalk that run from New York Avenue to Neptune Boulevard.
But on the boardwalk, it didn't matter if you were upper middle class or middle class or working class or had no class at all.
Every August, orphans from all over the metropolitan area descended on the Long Beach boardwalk for a day at the beach.
That hope was dashed when I was told The Boardwalk is part of the Arlington Hotel.
In contrast to its sister The Boardwalk, the Knightsbridge boasts beautiful medieval decor, charmingly lit by a cartload of candles.
When I found out that the Knightsbridge Bar is open until late at the weekends and is free, I wondered if there would be anyone downstairs at The Boardwalk at all.
Entering The Boardwalk, again I failed to see sea scales, and the decor was definitely more suited to Ann Boleyn than Baywatch.
The Boardwalk's manager Paul Keenan told me that one of the reasons the club has gone from strength to strength is that it recognises the crowd's diversity.