|Looking toward 9th Street on Simpson Ave.|
landers. Eventually in 1883 a bridge was built to the island and soon the railroad followed. It is said that a few English Methodist ministers founded the island, but many others soon came, including a large contingency of Italians who had fled their native land due to severe droughts. It seems that many settled immediately across the bridge on what eventually was known as Simpson Ave. The street, between 9th and 14th Streets, garnered the name "Macaroni Street." It was a neighborhood of large Italian families and boarders who were hard laborers who worked long hours and weeks to help their families survive. It is said that they not only help build Ocean City, but fed her; and they still do with many of the eateries tracing their origins back to the late 1800s.
|Looking west from 9th Street on Simpson Ave.|