Long Beach has hit THE NEW YORKER

The September 5th issue of The New Yorker has an outdated article on our wonderful city of Long Beach, local surfer – Balaram Stack & the Quiksilver Pro (The New Yorker – AT THE SHORE, LOCAL HERO by William Finneganr.)

I say “outdated” because it was written pre-Hurricane Irene, so the festivals, Flaming Lips and skateboarding are mentioned, but that’s neither the magazines nor the authors fault; it’s just the way of printed life. Perhaps a ‘correction’ blurb in their next issue will mention the new Hurricane Aftermath-Event?

The article mostly talks about local surfer Balaram Stack, as it should since it’s rare for surf pros to hail from the northeast. The writer gives us an inside look at Balaram’s life around town – such as helping kids learn how to surf, then signing autographs when the lesson is over. Good stuff. Balaram is, after all, our local celebrity.

In typical The New Yorker fashion, they take a snobby shot at Long Beach by saying it’s a retirement community and the likes of Hoffmann Manor “set the oceanfront tone.”  I know how this magazine works, since we’re subscribers at my household. The New Yorker being pretentious is normal behavior; this comment was meant to make the Brooklyn & Manhattanites feel more superior and secure about themselves- since Long Beach is in neither. (BOOM, there goes my slight, snobby comment back atcha).  I lived in the city for a long time. I know all about their ‘center of the universe’ syndrome. Don’t get me wrong, I loved living there, but Long Beach is very special and untouchable as far as I’m concern. I’ll defend it as much as I can. Besides, who doesn’t like old people?

Anyways, it’s pretty significate to be in The New Yorker since it’s a prestigious magazine that’s well written and read worldwide. It’s a great mention for those who are dying to get Long Beach on ‘the map.’ By doing a search for LONG BEACH on The New Yorker website, this is the only Long Beach-related article that shows up. Let’s enjoy the publicity while we can.

If you’re an avid New Yorker reader, chances are you already subscribe and have this issue. For everybody else, you can’t read the article online, unless you want to pay a fee. (Link: The New Yorker – AT THE SHORE, LOCAL HERO). Otherwise, you can find it on newsstands now. It’s a weekly magazine, so just look for the September 5th issue.The article is short, so make sure you flip though the magazine first and check it out before you pay for it.


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9 thoughts on “Long Beach has hit THE NEW YORKER”

  1. I too read the New Yorker and live in Manhattan; I also have an apartment in Long Beach on the boardwalk. Unfortunately I don’t think their view of the city is far off the mark and is unlikely to change anytime soon.
    I’ve lived in Long Beach part-time for five years, because I love the beach but also because I thought that there was incredible potential for the city to continue to improve and develop. Friends of mine from the city have also bought apartments here or are considering doing so.
    I’m actually considering selling up and leaving.
    The negativity,lack of dynamism, and hostility towards anything new or different (often voiced on this site) suggests to me that the city’s recent renaissance is completely unsustainable and it’s time to go.

  2. I am going to say I agree with you…… to a point.

    There are people that live in Long Beach (including myself) that do want change. I get plenty of emails from people all the time who want Long Beach to be better than it is. I also preach about it all the time on this site. I have dreams of turning the movie theater into an indie film place. Dreams of knocking down burger king and building a small square with outdoor seating and coffee & food shops. I have dreams of one day opening up my own store, but that is held off because it isn’t gentrified yet. I have dreams of less nail salons and better food places that don’t have the words “burger” or “pizza” in them. (yes i love both those, but i want better choice.)

    I’m not sure how long you’ve been coming to long beach before the last 5 years you lived here. I didn’t grow up here, but I did in valley stream and came here since I was little (Im 37 now.) Long Beach came a LONG way since then. Its moving slow, but I think it’s trying with the farmers market, arts in the plaza, the surf culture, the countless events that go on – that you can say no other community in Long Island even comes close to having.

    regarding: “The negativity,lack of dynamism, and hostility towards anything new or different” Long Beach isn’t going to be NYC. But I do think it’s moving into a heck of a city of its own. It’s going to take time and the economy isn’t helping.

    That’s one of the reasons why I started this blog. I am open to anything new. I actually want the superblock developed. I want the bay side developed. I want major events like quiksilver with all those bands. And I am here to spread my propaganda and hope more people join my cause.

  3. Right on! Great website here and great discussion. Been a resident for 4.5 years and LOVE THIS TOWN!!!!!! I lived in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn…. LB has a lot to offer. How about all the yoga places, and healthy places like Bob’s and the newly opened Bliss in the West End? Great live music and delicious restaurants like Bahia Social Club, Caffe Laguna, Matteo’s and Swingbelly’s mmmmmmm! Also this town has a propensity for forward thinking and activism like keeping an eye out for polluters and Going Green… (Go Green Dry Cleaning, EmPower Solar)

    Ok I’m rambling….. 😉

  4. ohh i forgot about those places too. GO GREEN probably wouldn’t of existed here 10 years ago.

    The thing is this… I love Brooklyn. My family is from Brooklyn right near Bedford in Williamsburg – the most gentrified area in NY. it wasn’t always like that. Go back 15/20 years ago and it was mostly a dump. Look at it now. Also Red Hook – That area was voted worst area in all of NY about 15 years ago. Now it’s becoming hipster central.

    I am not saying that I want hipsters crawling all over Long Beach. But This town has a lot to offer and more and more people are becoming attracted to it. With different people coming comes change.

    One of these days, that Fur Vault at the dry cleaners on LB Blvd will no longer have a purpose. Just give it time… haha

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