Inside the Jackson Hotel: A Photographic Journey

This morning I went by the Jackson Hotel (405 E. Broadway, Long Beach, NY) to take some external shots and, to my surprise saw the front door open. So I went inside. But, before we get to that, here is a little bit of a back story:

I wrote about this place before:

  • June 4th, 2009 – Hotels by the Sea (The Jackson was still open for business.)
  • July 23rd, 2009Want to buy a Hotel?  (Please note: The Real Estate listing in that article no longer lists the hotel for sale).
  • August 24th, 2010 – Rumors, Rumors, Rumors: Barnes & Noble by the Sea? W Hotel? (Ahh, the W Hotel rumor. When I wrote this article, the Jackson was still in operation).
  • (NO DATE) – The last thing I heard: It was no longer a hotel, but used as residence for folks coming here from Israel. I’m not sure if there is any truth to that.

Here I am a year later tackling the same issue. I went to take some photos and saw that the door was open:

Greeted by a NO ROOMS sign. I guess they’re all booked up? I ignored the NO TRESPASSING signs, which I am so good at doing, and went right in.
Here is a closeup of another posting in the window –  a hold harmless agreement. I agree to blah blah blah the second I walk in.
The next two are some blurry photos of the lobby which prompted me to changed the ISO on my camera to a much higher setting. (Just some film talk. I’m trying to act more important than I really am… lol)
A pretty bouquet of flowers welcoming me to take some photos. Note: the piles of books. Every room had lots of books!
This next shot is where all the magic happens. You know, eating.
Another room on the first floor. These rooms scream 1970’s.
Back to the lobby. At this point I was faced with a choice: Go upstairs or leave. Well, I shouldn’t of been inside in the first place, so I did the right thing and left. I just want to mention that even though I just walked right in, I do respect private property and didn’t touch anything. I’m sure I’ll get some heat for doing just that, but this was a mission for knowledge. Too bad I didn’t learn anything new…
And the external shots:

 

After my little exploration, I decided to call them up and see what gives. Of course I needed a phone number. The first place I went to was their website (www.jacksonbythebeach.com). But guess what? It just expired last month. Here is a screen shot:

 

 

So I did a little google search, got the phone number (516-431-3700) and gave it a ring. After all, with the big surfpocalypse coming, I’m wondering if they have any more rooms available (I write that with sarcasm). Well, guess what? Nobody answered.

Jackson by the Beach is just another relic of Long Beach waiting to be taken over… If anybody has any info or updates on this hotel, please post in the comments section.

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21 thoughts on “Inside the Jackson Hotel: A Photographic Journey”

  1. I meant to tell you when you mentioned it on your last post… it’s a hotel operated by and for Hasidic Jews according to someone that used to live across the street from it.

  2. I heard that Peter Lugers was coming there.
    But given the horrible location, I don’t know about that. All i know is that my wife and I tried all the top steakhouses in the NYC metro area and on Long Island and other than Brooks & Porter Steak House we are always disappointed when we compare it it to Peter Luger’s.
    When you go to Brooks & Porter Steak you have to remind yourself that your still in Merrick. But still Peter Luger’s would be a great idea.

  3. Oh my gosh!! I JUST threw this question out to The Patch 2 weeks ago-but only 1 person answered me and this is what she said-
    “I don’t know what officially is happening with it but every so often there are lights on in the rooms, people walking on the roof, and random activity. I live directly across the street from this “eyesore” and personally would either like it restored to be used as a reasonable and viable place for visitors to Long Beach or tear it down. Maybe use the land for much needed parking in the area”

    Your pictures are GREAT and kinda creepy at the same time–reminds me of The Shining. Thanks Anthony! Fabulous article!!

  4. I grew up in Long Beach and am positive that the original Jackson Hotel was on Edwards Boulevard, right on the Boardwalk, and accross from the rides. The place you are talking about, back then, was called the Lincoln Hotel. Many many many years ago, a rich old great aunt had me over to a Passover seder there when it was the Lincoln.

    About three or four years ago a woman I met on line was coming to Long Beach to visit me, but for modesty (and I guess safty) reasons, didn’t want to stay at my place. After looking around for a place I could put her up nearby, I discovered to my surprize that this hotel, now called the Jackson was renting rooms, so I put her up there. It was so creepy and poorly maintained, that later that evening she called and begged to stay with me.

    Just as well, she went the way of the Jackson, just sooner.

  5. Thanks for the kind words!

    It’s funny that you mentioned the Shining. My original photoshop was going to be Shining-related, but instead went with the hotel in dumpster. Maybe I’ll still make it for a related article! Or even better.. if I go back and explore the other floors….

  6. I’ve always wondered what was in there. We always thought it looked very creepy, and your pics proved our point! Hope this is turned into something nice!

  7. Interesting! I actually lived in this hotel for around 4 months in 2007-2008 when I was trying to move from Upstate NY to NYC and I found this place and made a deal with the manager to stay during the winter months because I figured it would be empty. He let me and my two cats live there while I worked part-time in Manhattan. There were several others like me – one guy going through a divorce, another woman whose story I really didn’t know – we all lived there full-time, plus the staff. This was the only way I could think of to live close enough to NYC on very little income while looking for more permanent accommodations and full-time employment.

    It was formerly owned by a woman whose name I can’t remember – she lived in one of the high rises at the Lido Beach end of Long Beach. She’d sold it to another guy, can’t recall his name either, but she still came in every once in awhile like she owned it and he allowed her. She was really old and smoked, and pretty much everyone there smoked.

    I have to say it was one of the weirdest and most surreal experiences of my life.

    The man who owned it was slightly religious I think, but the man who managed it was more religious. There is a synagogue next to the lobby and the elevator was programmed on Shabbat to run automatically so you didn’t have to break the rules of Shabbat (you can’t press buttons on Shabbat aka the Sabbath). They had a full kosher kitchen and catered mostly to the ultra Orthodox Jewish community. During Jewish holidays, the place was fully booked and the guests were treated pretty well and served amazing full course kosher meals. Those of us who “lived” there were not treated as well, and I definitely wasn’t treated as well most likely because I’d negotiated myself a reduced rate and the motivation to treat me well wasn’t there for the manager. The front desk person at the time was a wonderful guy – he was the nicest person I dealt with. He lived in the bowels of the hotel. Because he was not Jewish, he could still perform his duties during Shabbat that a Jewish person would not be able to.

    I think the treatment I received from the manager was also because I am Jewish, but completely not religious. He upped the rent on me arbitrarily, even though the hotel was virtually empty, and I was forced to leave NY and move back to where I came from in the Southeast. I befriended the chef and another guy who was working there, both Israeli, and they were told they were not allowed to be friends with me because I was female.

    The rooms were in pretty bad shape and there was not a full-time housekeeping staff. They were just beginning renovations on the unoccupied tower. I saw one of the rooms post renovation and I was pretty disappointed – this place had such potential and the “renovations” were half-ass at best. I wish I could’ve been the project manager and the manager of this place. The rooms needed to be gutted and reconfigured to do a proper renovation. They got new furniture, some paint, and new bedspreads. That was about it. Even if they’d kept the rooms the same size and put new fixtures in the bathrooms and really scrubbed and recaulked things, it would’ve been better than what I saw was done.

    Now that the Allegria has opened, I imagine this place is completely empty, especially judging from your pictures. The lobby looks better than when I was there – they apparently put new paint on the walls and ceilings. I thought they might have enough business from the religious community during holidays, but I doubt that would keep it afloat.

    Such potential and a crying shame. If I had the money, I’d make an offer and redo this place. I’d keep the synagogue and kosher kitchen, but I’d make it accessible and pleasant for everyone who stayed there. My first time there was during the high holidays and also during a surf contest, so the lobby was filled with surfers on computers and Chasidic Jews reading scripture. An experience I will never forget.

  8. Definitely not a front for drugs. Just really poor management and not spending the money necessary to make it thrive. It needed TLC and staff and I don’t know if the owner didn’t have the funds available or just didn’t want to spend the money. He was the hotel equivalent of a slumlord.

  9. Oh – and the rates when it was still the only option in Long Beach, nightly, not sure, but monthly, the asking rate was $1500 a month. That’s $1500 a month for a room with zero maid service, zero phones (but we all have cells anyway), old TVs without cable, rusty and moldy bathrooms, and rooms so small that you could not do much more than sleep. No room to walk around at all. The decor was 1973 modern and the smell was stale cigarettes. Fortunately I didn’t pay the asking rate, so I never complained, but it was most definitely a dump.

    When people stayed there for religious holidays, they paid for a package that included kosher meals and entertainment. Some holidays lasting a week, the hotel probably did very well on those occasions.

    These reviews are very accurate: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g48078-d1460649-Reviews-Jackson_by_the_Beach-Long_Beach_New_York.html

  10. Weird AND creepy! I stayed at the Jackson Hotel in the late 1950s with my grandparents! It was right on the Boardwalk in those days. The lobby looked strangely familiar with that curved settee. The memories are better left alone.

  11. I grew up in Long Beach and I worked as a telephone switchboard operator at the Hotel Lincoln–the hotel in your photos. In fact, I even wrote a short story about it, “Working the Switchboard,” in my collection, Boardwalk Stories, http://www.blueeftpress.com

  12. My wife and I with our son have stayed at the Jakson for the High Holidays for years.
    The owner was Mrs. Fisher who was in the catering business prior to the Jackson Hotel. We went there for the holidays for the close proximity to NYC and our room, the Synogogue and the Dining Room were just a few steps away.That was the main reason because I had difficulty walking walking any distance to the Synogogue. where we lived in the City. In addition the Cantor for the services was family to Mrs. Fisher. He conducted services that were outstanding comparable to professional Cantors.The last year we spent there was I think in 2008 when Mrs. Fisher sold the Jckson to another Kosher Hotel keeper, who tried to make some small improvements but he couldn’t keep up his mortgage payments and then the property reverted back to Mrs. Fisher.

  13. I always assumed the place was a drug den. They’d probably do well as a non-religious hotel that has reasonable rates if they re-modeled. Definitely a need that the Allegria does not meet.

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