iStar: Will they be given another extension? Are they applying for the Nassau County IDA PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program?

The Zoning Board Calendar is all set for April 23th with no iStar on the agenda. That doesn’t mean they won’t get another six month extension. If and when they do, it’s done in a backroom and under a table, as we all learned this city code last November:

“Sec 20–15 Petitions and applications to the board
Every petition and application to the zoning board of appeals except renewal petitions and applications there under… [etc etc] [LINK]

If you really want more, please read my last post on all this here: [UPDATED WITH CODE AND A PERSONAL RANT] ISTAR VARIANCE EXTENSION IS IN 11/20/14 ZBA MINUTES, BUT WASN’T ON CALENDAR OR DECISIONS

Meanwhile, behind the facade of this innocent-looking bookstore

Project 11561 is wondering if iStar Long Beach applied for the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program through the Nassau County IDA:  As written on the upcoming council agenda ….

“WHEREAS, the Host Community Agreement Guaranty shall constitute a permitted encumbrance under any PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) that may be awarded to iStar FM Loans LLC and Shore Road-Long Beach Superblock LLC, in its sole discretion, by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA.” [LINK]

A PILOT is a payment in lieu of taxes (also sometimes abbreviated “PILT”), made to compensate a local government for some or all of thetax revenue that it loses because of the nature of the ownership or use of a particular piece of real property. Usually it relates to the foregone property tax revenue.

Friday Mermaid Studio Ladies Night Sip n Create: Folk Art Angels

unnamedOur sweet Folk Art Angel Painting night is not to be missed! Step by step guided instruction! We’ll show you how to use templates, stencils and layers of magical mixed media to create your own unique and expressive masterpiece. Absolutey no experience required! Come create your own Mystical Angel!

Bring a friend, BYOB and come enjoy a night of laughter, music, and creating!

Also this Friday Rachel Bobbis will be there to demonstrate her samples of Jamberry Nail wraps! She will show you how to apply and will have plenty of info and catalogs on hand!
$40 includes all materials along with a light and (sorta) healthy snack buffet! Feel free to bring the Heavenly Mermaid elixir of your choice.

Preregistration preferred!
Friday April 24, 2015 7-10pm
The Mermaid Art Studio

891 W. Beech Street, NY 11561


Long Beach, NY – April 9, 2015 ­ City of Long Beach residents and visitors will welcome back the Farmers Market at Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9am to 2pm. The Market will also be open on Wednesdays starting May 6th from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm to accommodate afternoon shoppers.

The Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market will be at: 1 West Chester Street in Long Beach, New York May 2 through November 25, 2015

Saturdays from 9am ­ 2pm
Wednesdays from 10am ­ 2pm and 4pm ­ 7pm

Sponsors and Vendors can signup on

Visit to see our Upcoming Events

For eight years the popular market, which runs Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 25, has featured regional producers offering fresh products including vegetables, herbs, fruits, plants, baked goods, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheeses, pasta, pickles, fair trade coffee, gluten free products, handcrafted soaps and much more. This year the market will introduce new producers offering glass bottled milk, beef, pork and chicken.

“We are very happy to be back in Long Beach,” said Market Manager and Program Director Bernadette Martin. “We have lots of new products to offer, and residents who were craving local farm grown meat and dairy products will be excited to see a wider selection this year.” This year the market will have many events that will offer family friendly fun.

LI Green Market is a mission ­based program to preserve open space and small family farms.

LI Green Market ∙ 455 E. Park Ave ∙ Long Beach, NY 11561 ∙ 631 678 5227


Joan Jett Music Film Series to Begin this September at LBIFF 2015

(Long Island, NY) The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF), produced by the Long Beach Film Institute, 501(c)3, has been supported, since its inception four years ago, by Long Beach resident Joan Jett.

LBIFF is excited to announce that they will be establishing a music film series in honor of Joan Jett. Photo Credit: LBIFF.

On April 18th, as Joan Jett is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the LBIFF is excited to announce that they will be establishing a music film series in her honor. The Joan Jett Music Film Series will join the 4th annual LBIFF this September. Joan has been there in support of the festival since its inception, through hurricane Sandy, and beyond. Joan’s accomplishments and her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are legendary, and an example to all, most importantly, empowering women.


As a local resident of Long Beach, with success and ties within the film and music industry, LBIFF feel that Joan portrays the perfect example of determination, talent, vision, compassion and success that they hope to bestow upon our film community.

The LBIFF also believes that young inspiring individuals should be rewarded for their hard work, creativity, and dedication to the arts.  They have set up a scholarship in her name for young local artists. This scholarship we will be able to aid in the educational growth of such young, struggling artists and help them move forward to achieve their dreams.

The fourth annual LBIFF will be held September 24-27th 2015 with venues in Long Beach, Garden City and Rockville Centre.

Film submissions are now being accepted through and @LBIFFNY (Twitter) LongBeachInternationalFilmFestival (Facebook) @LBIFFNY Instagram.

For more information, please visit or contact: Rick Eberle

About LBIFF: 

The Long Beach International Film Festival celebrates the art of storytelling through cinema. Presenting shorts, fiction and documentary formats, the festival is committed to exhibiting films that convey a fresh voice and differing perspectives. The goal of these programs is to captivate, engage and enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment.

booths have been painted a really ugly and boring beige.

I really want this city to shine. It’s unfortunate that beige is constantly being used. How can It stop??? I thought we put a stop to beige a few years ago when I painted one of the old booths white and blue with the help of a few residents. Well I’m typing this from my phone, so I’m keeping it short for now, but below is an image from Project 11561 of the booth we painted, a type of booth we’d like to see and our ugly-boring-freshly painted beige booth.

How about Kayaking? [Waterfront Revitalization]

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 4.26.58 PMA reader named Michael told me he was looking into where he’d be allowed to launch a kayak:

“Are there any places to launch a kayak into Reynolds Channel? I believe Long Beach Kayak & Adventure did it for a while  from the Marina, Boat Center, but they are gone. The City web page says that the boat launch site at the Rec is only for motorized boats. It says “Only personal, motor boats may be launched.  Non motorized and personal watercraft are not permitted.”

I know you can rent kayaks from Empire Kayak in Island Park, but it would be nice to launch my own kayak from Long Beach.

He was told at the beach patrol garage (555 National Blvd) that it should be fine as long as he has a pfd (personal flotation device).  He pretty much got the same response from the Town of Hempstead Marina on Lido Blvd. Still, It would be nice if kayaking was more advertised as a recreation.

I’ve gone kayaking from Empire Kayaks in Island Park and had a blast. I would love for a similar shop to open up on Long Beach. After all, we are “American’s Healthiest City,” right? I would absolutely love to be able to walk or ride my bike to the bay side and legally hop on a kayak in a safe and controlled environment.

What do you think? Kayaking for the bay side waterfront revitalization?

1st Public Information Meeting for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Comprehensive Plan Update

Watefront? Oh boy. I have so many ideas for this. I am assuming this is the bay side. Perhaps this area: THE FORBIDDEN ZONE OF LONG BEACH: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

I hope it’s not just another promenade. We have one on the bay already tha’s barely used. I’m thinking big: Perhaps give some of that land away to institutions such as Stony Brook University for some sort of educational center/campus. Or how about an Aquarium? Or how about a marina with waterfront restaurants and an amphitheater? Big. Let’s think BIG!

From The City of Long Beach:

“Your community input has been crucial in guiding the City Council through the boardwalk redevelopment and New York Rising planning. Now we are ready to take the next step in Long Beach’s recovery and we want your input again!

Please join us for the 1st Public Information Meeting for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00PM-8:30PM at the Magnolia Senior Center. The meeting is an Open House so come when you want!

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The Mermaid Art Studio! Friday Night Jewelry Making with Micci!

Come join us with the fabulous Micci, and create some fantastic innovative, inspiring one of a kind pieces! The perfect gift from the heart and soul!

So excited for this week! We will be exploring the wrapping technique! We’ll be using beautiful embroidery threads, silk ribbon, colored wrapping wire, beads, charms,to wrap our bangles like the ones in the photo! We can also wrap some earrings and necklaces. Such a great way of recycling old jewels to create a real eye catching statement piece. If you have any bangles at home or anything you might think would be great to wrap grab ‘em and bring them on down we can use them also!

To register:

Friday April 17 * 7 to 9pm
$30 per person

Micci Cohan is a NY Jewelry designer whose Bohemian style pieces are sold internationally and have gained a loyal following around the globe with such celebrities as Esperanza Spalding wearing them to name a few. Micci will be teaching how to make one of her boho ~ style signature Necklaces from her 2014 collection. All materials will be supplied, but you may want to bring some stray earrings or discarded pieces that deserve a second life!. Come join Micci and learn how to create a beautiful statement piece!

“Adornment enlightens the mind and inspires the creative passion allowing every woman to express her individual personality in a very special way”

All materials included! BYOB the magical inspirational elixir of your choice!unnamed

Long Beach 11561 Circle of Girlfriends [Meetup Group]

global_436124979I’m Caroline Bottone, an organizer for a new meetup group called Long Beach 11561 Circle of Girlfriends. I believe Long Beach is a vibrant city and I wanted to create a social group for women to get out there and develop new friendships and activities.

Any women interested can join group on meetup or email me at

There is a meetup this Friday @6pm.  Lola’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (180 W. Park Ave, long beach , NY).

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