I am very bullish with Long Beach. Yes, we had a freaky two-storm collision that coincided with a high tide and a full moon, but how often does that happen? Long Beach is still a unique place to live, work and play. How many beachside walkable communities are there on Long Island with two downtowns, diverse housing options, a plethora of events/activities and the LIRR?
Superstorm Sandy did evict many businesses around here and left us with many empty stores. Unless you are a property owner, none of us have power to dictate what type of business comes in. That being said, I think it’s fun to talk about what we miss, have too much of and want. Perhaps a potential renter will use your comments as a template for what to open next.
I’ll start first:
WHAT I WANT BACK THAT IS OFFICIALLY GONE: I want Pita Grill sans their slow service. Other places like the movie theater, panini’s, swingbelly – I believe are all coming back, right? It would be nice to see NYSC reopen. I’m not a member, but it’s a good use for that large space.
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE
- A Panini’s & Bikini’s type restaurant in the East End: café-style place that is very casual, quaint, cute and colorful. One that doesn’t have a large overwhelming diner menu. Quality over quantity.
- I would love to see a casual taco/mexican place. Something more casual than Don Juan. Something similar to Three Amigos (508 Larkfield Rd, East Northport, NY 11731). You order at the counter. You sit down. They bring you your food. You clean up.
- I once went to a breakfast place in Boston that had live Jazz music. ohh that would amazing..
- A bowling alley. Yep, you heard me. Maybe if NYSC doesn’t come back? (Look at Brooklyn Bowl as an example of what could work. Live music, good food, a place with a sense of being.).
- A state-of-the-art performance Theater: See this article on the one about to open in Westbury: Revamped theater key to Westbury revival
- We need a place that is locally known to have amazing breakfast and brunch. AMAZING is the key word here.
- Can we get Bob’s Natural Foods to expand into a larger store? Like Jandi’s in Oceanside? I bet the demand is here.
WE STILL HAVE TOO MANY nail salons and an overabundance of great pizza. Yes, we have a lot of great pizza in Long Beach, so why saturate it? We don’t need any CASH 4 GOLD places because nobody in Long Beach has any gold (Potential tenants: please take note). We also don’t need anymore Foot Spa places because nobody in Long Beach has any feet to spare.
I want to hear your ideas! Please comment!