LIRR Makes Crappy Improvement (And It’s Awesome)

LIRR Makes Crappy Improvement (And It’s Awesome)
(LIRR Station as seen in 1932, courtesy

I’m a LIRR commuter – like many LBers, and look forward to the delays, bomb scares, occasionally odd passengers, and otherwise thrilling commute I’m hit with on a daily basis.  Long Beach started with a train track and a dream.  Before there was ever a car bridge (and before there were cars) over Reynolds Channel (which wasn’t called that yet), Austin Corbin decided to run tracks from Lynbrook to the unpopulated Long Beach and built the Long Beach Hotel.

Fast forward some 120 years, and the LIRR is still sending trains back and forth to the barrier beach where more than 33,000 people live.  This is a long way of saying, beyond the parking garage added in 2005, not much has been done on the Long Beach terminal… until this weekend.

One of those nagging things that always irritated me was the bird crap everywhere around the station – as it seems every pigeon and seagull for 100 miles made the platform’s overhangs and underhangs their personal roosts.  This led to those winged-rats leaving their presents all over the station, regardless of how often LIRR staff cleaned things up.

This weekend it looks like a crew came in, put spike strips on everything, and further, completely caged off all the underhangs and beams that the birds loved to sit on.   And now, two days later, the entire platform and waiting area remains, crap free.  This is one of those little improvements that probably cost close to nothing but so dramatically improves the basic quality of the area that it should serve as an example of one of those “little” projects, with a massive impact.

(Photo courtesy

I’ve shot an email over to the LIRR to see if they have anything else in the works.  Do you have any ideas around town for these micro-projects that could have macro-impact?

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9 thoughts on “LIRR Makes Crappy Improvement (And It’s Awesome)

  1. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully they can work on doing something about the people that hang out there. It’s annoying to be subjected to cat calls as your trying to catch a train. This is why I commute from Oceanside instead.

  2. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully they can work on doing something about the people that hang out there. It’s annoying to be subjected to cat calls as you’re trying to catch a train. This is why I commute from Oceanside instead.

  3. How about all the urine, feces, and drug and alcohol paraphernalia that I have witnessed in the pedestrian overpass? Looks like they have one hell of a party in there between the AM and PM rush.

    Sure would like some security cams in the parking areas to ensure my car is safe (if they are not there already)……..

  4. Also agreed. The overpass and stairwells need to be monitored as it smells and looks like a 3rd world zoo. I encourage anyone who has to walk past the waft of marijuana and the bottles of cheap liquor to notify the police .Maybe if enough people complain something will be done.

  5. I had a pretty scary incident there a few weeks ago. I had to leave really early on a Sunday to be in the city for a 5K run I was doing. I got to the station and some guy immediately started hovering by me. It was quite obvious. I walked towards the train expecting the doors to be open but they weren’t. He followed me so I turned around and started walking towards him on the opposite side of the platform. At this moment, other people started walking onto the platform and he went back to the other end. I grew up in a pretty rough area and don’t scare easily but my gut told me this was going in a bad direction.

    The LIRR station definitely needs private security or a police presence. Let’s face it though. The safest place in Long Beach is the On The Run at the Corner of Park and LB Road.

  6. Around last Halloween my wife told me she saw that somebody had taken a dump on the overpass and put a little flag on it that said “Happy Holloween!”.

    I know it’s gross, but i thought that was really funny (and very creative).

    No joke.

  7. Some of your wishes will come true. Thank you news 12 for the info:

    Lighting up is about to get harder for LIRR riders. Commuters will soon be banned from lighting up on platforms and outdoor ticketing and boarding areas. The ban signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo back in August goes into effect Nov. 13.

    So, this could make a big change in the area immediately around the station, or could go down as another one of those bans that no one enforces. Now that all the bird crap is gone, the only thing left is tons of cigarette butts.

  8. This just in: trains are all stuck near kew gardens – somebody “self evacuated” screwing up all the trains behind his (I think that means he jumped out” – all happening now but not yet covered by news – potential for trains having to turn back

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