Allegria is still open for business. Owner says he’s working with NYS to resolve issue.

openLong Beach Herald has an updated article on the Allegria/Seizure notice situation: Allegria Hotel: ‘We’re in business’

Newsday chimes in as well: Allegria Hotel rooms seized by state for unpaid back taxes

From the Herald:

“The hotel’s owner, Allen Rosenberg, and general manager, Nasser Samman, confirmed that the notices were posted but said that the establishment was never “closed,” and that the signs were placed only on several vacant hotel room doors as awarning by the department.

…..The Allegria is working very closely with New York state to resolve the issue..

…..According to a May 2015 report on the department’s website listing delinquent taxpayers, Rosenberg and Alrose Allegria LLC owe a total of $4.4 million in withholding and sales and use taxes from December 2011 through April 2014. The latest tax lien on the hotel, according to state tax warrants,shows unpaid back taxes of $189,377 as of July 1. [LINK]

As always, head over the the LB Herald for the full article [Allegria Hotel: ‘We’re in business’ ]. Lots more there.

Happy 7th Birthday, Seabythecity! [Celebrations are happening all over the city!]

At seven years old, SEABYTHECITY.COM is no longer a bouncing baby blog (still not potty trained, if you go by some of the comments). In light of this grand and monumental event, celebrations are happening all over our civitas ad mare. At City Hall, all eight city council candidates (5 dems, 3 repubs) plan on jumping out of a giant birthday cake, shouting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEABYTHECITY!”

birthdaycakejumpThat’s not all. The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce has declared this day SEABYTHECITY MERCHANT HUG DAY. In an effort to spread more love around the business districts, you are encouraged to hug your local merchant. But only hug Chamber members. REPEAT: ONLY HUG CHAMBER MEMBERS.


Long Beach Cinemas will finally show SEABYTHECITY.COM: THE MOVIE on all four screens in 3D. The adult price per ticket will be $2008, in honor of the year this blog started. No senior, child or wacky birthday discounts.Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 9.46.33 AM

doorballoon At the Allegria Hotel, rooms are being fixated with fake SEIZED/NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES  notices to ward off all potential guests, as the entire hotel will be converted for the SEABYTHECITY AFTERHOURS BIRTHDAY BANANZA. Hope you see you all there 😉

Section 8 (brace yourselves for some nasty comments)

A reader asks:

“With all the ballyhoo about Section 8 taking over Long Beach by some of your [readers], it’s time to see exactly where the 8’s are living. Where are the Section 8 tenants? Dollars to donuts, it’s not that many.

To make this clearer: Some of you have indicated that there’s more section 8 housing in LB, how it’s [apparently] all part of a grand plan by democrats in office because it [apparently means] more votes for them. This reader wants those commentators to prove it.

I did a google image search for 'Section 8' and this is what I got.
I did a google image search for ‘Section 8′ and this is what I got.

Question: Freshdirect is not in Long Beach. Anybody use Peapod?

A reader who plans on moving to Long Beach asks about the lack of Freshdirect in our city:

“Was there ever an effort to get FreshDirect to deliver to Long Beach? Or is there a similar service out there?

We have Peapod, but I never used the service. How is Peapod in Long Beach? You can always contact Fresh Direct and request Long Beach as a location, but I’m curious how both of these companies compare.

We need Long Beach Pride [Guest Post]

Sent in by a reader:

It’s easy to conclude from the trash, endless spent cigarettes and never ending song of blaring car horns that LB has quality of life issues.

There is no place for horns at the beach, unless its a matter of safety. Although many of the day trippers are to blame, our residents add to the problem.

Perhaps a “No Horn” city ordinance with a nice fine attached would motivate?

While many day trippers can’t take the time to find the local trash pail, the residents of our community needs to lead by example and pick up. I would love to see a fine for littering as well.

If we don’t clean up our neighborhood who will.

The 99 year Ground Lease for the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center

Here’s a makeshift-lease abstract for that infamous 99 year lease we all keep hearing about. Signed in 1983, this is a ground lease for the entire property between The City of Long Beach [lessor] & Long Beach Plaza Corp [Lessee]. There is a common misconception how this lease is for the Waldbaum’s itself. Please understand that’s not the case. Waldbaum’s [A&P] is just one of the many tenants in that center.

[UPDATE: According to some of the comments, A&P actually is Long Beach Plaza Corp.]

Take this info for what it is; there could be mistakes. Due to time restraints and boredom, this info is also incomplete. I’ll try to upload a scan of the entire lease as soon as I can.


LANDLORD: City of long Beach
TENANT: Long Beach Plaza Corp.
TERMS:  Ground Lease for the entire property.
LEASE DATE: May 20, 1983.
AMENDMENT (October 21, 1983): Additional property: Lots 5, 46, 47 block 95. Same terms modifying additional property to lease lease.  $2400 per annum. (There are no other amendments that I know of)

Tenant Pays Basic Rent + Additional Rent (triple net including tax, insurance, maintenance, etc.)


Equal monthly installments in advance 1st of month

Terms(Signed May 20, 1983) Basic Rent (per annum) Lease Amendment (October 21st, 1983) (per annum)* Total (per annum) paid in equal monthly installments in advance on the 1st of the month
construction period $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
First 5 years after $30,000.00 $2,400.00 $32,400.00
years 6 to 10 $40,000.00 $2,400.00 $42,400.00
years 11 to 15 $50,000.00 $2,400.00 $52,400.00
years 16 to 20 $60,000.00 $2,400.00 $62,400.00
years 21 to 25 $70,000.00 $2,400.00 $72,400.00
years 26 to 30 $80,000.00 $2,400.00 $82,400.00
years 31 to 40 $90,000.00 $2,400.00 $92,400.00
years 41 to 50 $100,000.00 $2,400.00 $102,400.00
years 51 to 60 $110,000.00 $2,400.00 $112,400.00
years 61 to 70 $120,000.00 $2,400.00 $122,400.00
years 71 to 80 $130,000.00 $2,400.00 $132,400.00
years 81 to 90 $140,000.00 $2,400.00 $142,400.00
Remaining $150,000.00 $2,400.00 $152,400.00


  • Along with the BASIC RENT, tenant also pays ADDITIONAL EXPENSES: Insurance, taxes, permits, fees, obligations, etc. All prorates on a daily basis, 
  • All contesting fees, tax certiorari appeals, rebates,refunds etc. belong to tenant.
  • I didn’t see any mention of  ‘Base Year’ credits. As far as I can tell, Long Beach Plaza Corp. pays 100% of all taxes and additional rent.


  • This was a neighborhood development program area. Appropriate for urban renewal ‘project area’
  • Use of Property: First 30 years may only be used for specific plan.
  • Tenant responsible for upkeep. Required to maintain in good repair / good condition.
  • Tenant must provide Generally liability insurance.
  • Indemnity Agreement: Landlord (Long Beach) is held harmless against liabilities, lawsuits, penalties, claims, liens, demands, etc.
  • Tenant may sublease/assign after 5 years term of lease (May 19 1988)
  • Surrender at end of term, property must be in good order, etc.

Lease termination:

  • Tenant to cover cost of restoration if an event (like Sandy) occurs. Landlord can terminate lease if this isn’t obliged.
  • Condemnation: (see scan below)

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  • Termination clause expenses prorated
  • No modification of lease without consent of both parties.
  • Termination of lease. Reason of default. Monetary defaults
  • Default events : failure to pay basic rent 15 day grace period.
  • Tenant has option to terminate lease.

Most of what else is in there is typical stuff you’d find in a blumberg form, I’ll try to get an actual scan of the entire lease as soon as I can.

NEWSDAY: Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market

This municipal lot on the corner of Shore Road and Monroe Blvd is currently up for sale for $3.5 million.
This municipal lot on the corner of Shore Road and Monroe Blvd is currently up for sale for $3.5 million.

For those who want to move to Long Beach (I highly recommend it), Newsday has a whole article on the topic. READ – Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market

“Best known for its laid-back lifestyle and its beaches, surfing and boating, and a famous boardwalk that was built in 1914 and rebuilt and reopened in 2013 after it was destroyed by superstorm Sandy, the independent and self-governing city made a true comeback after that storm.”

“Post-Sandy, everyone discovered Long Beach,” says Rubin. “We are getting a whole new crowd here. It’s very hip and diverse. It is another alternative to the Hamptons or for those downsizing who are not going to live in New York City.”

Read the full article over at Newsday, although I can’t tell if it’s behind the usual Newsday paywall.

Still time to join the Bocce league!

1428355802The Bocce League has enough teams for Tuesday and Thursday nights, but there is still some room on each night for more! The cut off will be this coming Wednesday, July 1st at noon. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the organizers at: BOCCE LEAGUE SIGN UP

For more information, visit:


Today is the last day to take the City of Long Beach CPU/LWRP Survey

Do you want to Attract new employers for high paying jobs and create space to make Long Beach a great place to start a small business?

Do you want to Increase parking options (e.g. structured parking, shared parking, valet parking)?

Do you want to Create cultural center/indoor performance space?

Do you want to Increase sustainability efforts for residents and businesses (e.g. energy efficiency, green roofs, rain barrels)? 

Then take the freakin’ survey:

Here are my thoughts from the meeting that I attended: SOME PRETTY AMBITIOUS AND AWESOME IDEAS FOR LONG BEACH FUTURE

And here is the Long Beach Listens page on the topic: Comprehensive Plan/LWRP

Money is for the taken from our non-Long Beach governments in the form of grants. It’s our city’s job to AT LEAST make an effort to obtain this money or it will just end up in another community. I AM NOT QUITE SURE WHY THIS IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND. Blah blah blah. Conspiracies. Everybody here is so pessimistic.


“The City of Long Beach wants your opinion on ways to shape the City in the future! Through the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan process, similar to the boardwalk visioning, the community has already spoken on resiliency measures, so this community survey focuses on the next steps forward for the City. The ideas presented are concepts in draft form at this point. Can’t attend any of the public information meetings?

Visit to take the survey before it closes Friday, June 26, 2015!

Movie Posters are going up!


The movies listed below are just the posters. Many of these movies are coming later in the year. I will post the list of exact movies for this weekend once it’s published.

Spectre 007 (coming soon)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (coming soon)
Rock the Kasbah (coming soon)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (coming soon)
Terminator Genisys (July 1st)

(A major thank you to Richard for all the info)


The politics of politics……. Who ya gonna call?

There is a really interesting article in the LB Herald on the current state of affairs regarding the democratic candidates for the upcoming November election. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do now. Pretty interesting look at the politics of politics.

Long Beach Herald: Unexpected twist in City Council race

Now this guy ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ fights ghosts. Check him out this Saturday, June 27 @ 8:00 PM. Neptune Blvd Beach [LINK].



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