ATTN: All NYC people who moved to Long Beach or are thinking of moving to Long Beach. This post is for you.

nyclbAttention: NYC folk. Let’s talk. I know you are out there. According to blog statistics, the 2nd most views come from Manhattan, while the 4th from Brooklyn. Of course, you can all just be people from Long Beach and just work in those areas. But I am going to ignore that for now.

For those from NYC and just moved here: What brought you to Long Beach? After living here for some time, what does Long Beach lack that you wish was here?

For those who currently live in NYC and either plan on moving here or are just thinking about it: Is anything holding you back? Are you scared of losing anything in particular?

This is more of a curiosity post. I moved here from NYC, but I’m an easy date. All I need is coffee and a beach and I’m good to go, but Long Beach has so much to offer. I am curious hear feedback from those who just moved here or are thinking of moving here. Yes, I made this post NYC-specific, but feel free to chime in if you’re from other areas as well.

(don’t pay attention to the photoshop at the top of this post. it makes no sense whatsoever.)

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25 thoughts on “ATTN: All NYC people who moved to Long Beach or are thinking of moving to Long Beach. This post is for you.”

  1. I’ll bite. Girlfriend and I both live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. We are in our early 30s and have been contemplating beach living for a bit. Rockaway Beach does nothing for us & Jersey shore is extremely far for our commute. A co-worker suggested Long Beach. We visited for the first time back in May and fell in love. Just a few weeks ago we spent all Saturday walking around, ate all three meals in town and ended up watching Back to the Future on the beach. We made the decision that this is where we want to be. Most of our concerns involve food: organic super market in the winter, the variety in restaurant stock and the downtown appearing seedy at night. We don’t plan on making the final leap until later in the year when our lease is up. Here are my questions. what direction do you see Long Beach going in? What is the current trend with new businesses opening up? bike sharing would have made our visits easier. By the way, we love this blog. It was very helpful with our visits!

  2. Hi Kevin, I base all of my decisions on whether or not an area plays Back to the Future! hehe. Glad you are liking LB. Did you know anything about LB before you came to visit? Anything in particular you liked about it and why not the Rockaways? Also, thank you for your kind words about the blog!

  3. I moved from Brooklyn, but I grew up in Oceanside. I moved here because it is the best place on Long Island for casual bike riders. I live in the canals and I can take my kids on the bike to Georgia park 4 miles away by only traveling half a mile on the streets. Even the streets have very little traffic. I cross broadway all the time without having to wait for a light. Try that in Oceanside or RVC. One thing I wish they do is connect a point lookout to lb with a bike lane. All you would have to do is move the fences for the beach parks back 10 feet. People could park at the beach parks and easily bike ride to point lookout or LB. The only other thing I would do is exchange climate zones with San Diego.

  4. I’ve lived here 56 of my 56 years on earth(yes I a native) and would not move
    anywhere else in earth. Sandy may have
    tested us but we are still here. I’ve travelled
    all 50 states and will die here

  5. Great topic! we are also a couple in our early 30s thinking about moving to LB. Been coming to the beach for years and it seems like an amazing community. we don’t know anybody that lives around there. how hard is it to meet people?

  6. Re: Rockaway Beach. It didn’t feel like a good fit for us, especially if we want to eventually raise a family. It seemed segregated, not as community oriented as LB and confusing. I also heard LB has a lot more going on as far as events and fun stuff to do. From what we’ve seen, that appears to be true.

  7. Shameless Plug:

    Kevin did you know we are showing JAWS tomorrow evening on the beach. 2 Screens Back to Back. Giveaways, raffles and more. 8:00PM Lafayette Blvd. You supply the beach chair, we bring the popcorn. Show up early for best seats. See you there.

  8. we are a family who lives in Manhattan during the school year and Long Beach for the summer. We are huge fans for the following reasons

    – the beach and boardwalk – best in the world
    – the great people – fun, down to earth, caring and sincere
    – proximity to NYC – easy commute to NYC during the summer and easy to get to during the off season
    – laid back yet active lifestyle – very relaxed but at the same time promotes a physically fit lifestyle.

    from a pure investment standpoint, Long Beach represents an incredible value in terms of both real estate and proximity to NYC.

    We are lifers

  9. I moved to LB for less crowded surf/less sketchy late night commute when shitfaced from work in my early 30s from Williamsburg via a year in Rockaway Beach and miss RB terribly (affordable, diverse, naked full moon surfing) but I suppose the cleanliness here and library, special events on beach and Starbucks make it bearable. I suppose if I were to breed with my partner then raising little humans would be good here as the schools don’t seem too fucked up. Long Island mentality of prodriving and racism is annoying but hipsters started moving out here and bike culture is increasing so I’m hoping iit’ll be less Long Islandy.

  10. Ha, I think about this all the time…

    I left Long Beach for Williamsburg, Brooklyn over a year ago.

    I came to Long Beach for the beach and the bars at 23, and I left at 29, but I still come to LB like 2-3 times a week for EEVB Volleyball and the beach.

    I see myself returning, but what’s holding me back are the reasons I left…

    Over the years, the people I was closest with left, either to be closer to work or because they got married, yada yada yada…

    IMO, the #1 activity here is drinking, and I’m not really a drinker, and getting off LB is a drag. A $20 and hour long train ride and driving off the barrier island is what it is.

    When I was 24, I embraced the shit show that the bars were, but the older I got, the less I wanted to just “go out & get effed up,” and there isn’t much of another option. Though Swingbellys is the best bbq restaurant anywhere and Sugo is amazing, when a new restaurant comes to town, it’s another sports bar.

    There’s not an active/diverse night life here. I go out every night, and it’s to a mix of cultural city shit, concerts in central park, North Brooklyn Runners (running group), new restaurants, getting a drink, listening to a band, whatever – and I couldn’t get that in LB.

    Cultural/destinations/etc. aside – comparing NYC to anywhere is unfair, but…

    It’s flat out tough to meet people in LB and I guess on LI in general (I grew up here). It’s isolated, so you feel the “cliqueyness” of it a lot more, and b/c there aren’t a lot of inherently social things to do here, (groups, clubs, whatever), at least in my experience, it’s tough to meet new people, and if you’re in a serious relationship, move in together, and then break-up, your social scene gets smaller.

    So…

    I’m single and dating in the city, is a bigger scene. It feels like everyone in the city is single, everyone lives to go out, and it’s easy to meet people, and on LI it’s the opposite.

    But whatever, I still miss LB…it’s a special place, and there’s a part of me still there.

    I would like to buy a place, nothing major – a studio or a one bedroom – but everything you read about Long Island and the debt LB carries, definitely makes me hesitate to pull the trigger on it. But I don’t think I could do it until I was engaged or married, I love the culture and the lifestyle of the city as much as I do the ocean.

  11. LB is finally making the right moves along the Boardwalk with fun activities that aren’t cheesy like on the ones on the Jersey Shore boardwalks. But what LB needs to do is let more bars allow live music. Maybe get some good blues bands to play or some other area musicians who are trying to get there name out there.

  12. Wow tom. You are so negative. I also grew up here and always meet new people all the time. There are so many things to do here. If you like to read, join a book group at the library. The recreation center s indoor pool always has sessions and opportunities to meet people. Even if you don’t drink, go to a local pub to listen to music and drink soda. Maybe the problem is that you don’t start a conversation with others or look people in the eye. Join volleyball or enter a fund raising bike race on the boardwalk. I sell real estate here and always give new residents a tour of long beach and fill them in on the activities and even the history of long beach. Long beach is special and it pains me to hear people say there is nothing to do or we aren’t friendly!

  13. @Theresa

    This looks negative to you?

    1. “I still come to LB like 2-3 times a week for EEVB Volleyball and the beach…”

    2. “I see myself returning…”

    3. “Swingbellys is the best bbq restaurant anywhere and Sugo is amazing…”

    4. “Whatever, I still miss LB…it’s a special place, and there’s a part of me still there…”

    5. “I would like to buy a place…”

    ****

    “I go out every night, and it’s to a mix of cultural city shit, concerts in central park, North Brooklyn Runners (running group), new restaurants, getting a drink, listening to a band…”

    ****

    Also, I wrote I play volleyball at LB, have for 7 years, continue to do so even though I don’t live here. I have met life long friends through that and Bikram yoga, despite my horrible eye contact and conversation skills 😉 But I maintain, it’s not as easy to meet people there as it is in nyc.

    I was simply contrasting what my impressions of LB were with living in Brooklyn, now. The world’s a big place.

    I checked out the schedule of events at the rec center for July, as per your advice. All there seems to be, Monday – Friday there is Family Fun in the Park from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and a Family Pool night. Should young(ish) people quit their job or get a family first to take part?

    Anyway, I maintain the nightlife in LB isn’t diverse and leaves something to be desired. I don’t agree with your assessment, and neither do most people, but that’s ok, it’s what makes the world go round.

  14. Ok so I moved here as a 23 year old kid mainly for beach and bars. That was more than twenty years ago and now I’m a nasties father of two homeowner. Beach is still great but I think LB has very odd mix of suburban and urban that is one of the things I love most. I can walk to all, have decent public transportation and can be in manhattan in about an hour. That being said I also know almost every single person on my block by first name, we all hang out regularly to talk, share a meal or just have a drink. We are all a big family in fact there are several families with multiple family members owning houses on the block. Also my kids play outside all night in the summer with kids from our block and the nearby blocks and all the parents watch out for the kids it’s almost leave it beaver like.

    Now that being said there can also be a “cannery row” vibe sometimes like New Orleans , Key West or Venice Beach, CA with the young drinking crowd but that was me at one time and a lot of them will end up being neighbors eventually as the out grow that but still love LB and make the move to stay. In reality it is really only for weekend nights for about two months of the year. The rest of the year it’s all good!

  15. I lived in the city and then williamsburg for 14 years. Got married 2 years ago, and got tired of commuting to rockaway 2 days a week just to get some beach time. Also, just started getting tired of how crazy williamsburg was getting. Never really considered moving to rockaway but did want to try spending the summer there. We weren’t able to find a place for the summer so thought we would check out long beach. Couldn’t afford a summer rental, and then some how or another we ended up buying a place. Everyone thought we were crazy to just up and move like that, and we actually thought we might have made a mistake too, seeing that we hadn’t spent much time here, and knew absolutely nobody. Well, it’s been 9 months and we absolutely love it! We have awesome neighbors, and have met people much easier than we did in NYC, something we were really worried about. We both work in the city and find the train ride so much better than the L train at rush hour. I truly enjoy the train ride in the morning and night. We really expected to go through a huge freak-out phase when moving here but the transition was much easier than expected. I’ll wake up and ride my bike to surf in the morning before work and still can’t believe that it’s possible to do that and still work in the city.

    Biggest downside vs brooklyn is definitely food based. Lack of a decent grocery store being the biggest one, but followed closely by the lack of almost any decent restaurant. Bagels, sorrentos, and gentle brew excepted. Anyway, small price to pay for everything else you get here.

    If anyone is considering the move from NYC…you are on to something.

  16. Attention: NYC folks who are thinking of moving here,
    The greatness of Long beach is GONE!
    If you are considering the move from NYC to Long beach, think again. These people in City hall have gone to far and are ruining it.
    No longer do we have the Charming City that we once had, we have become a 3 ring circus, that attracts the worst of the worst.

  17. My husband and I moved here from Brooklyn about four years ago. There is so much that I love about Long Beach – a sense of community, the beach, being able to bike or walk most places.

    I find myself missing Brooklyn sometimes for a few choice reasons. One is the lack of a diverse food scene. The majority of restaurants are Italian or pub food (burgers, fries, etc) which, don’t get me wrong, I love. But we could use more interesting options – Indian, Vietnamese, new-American, farm-to-table dining. Even a gourmet grocery would be great! When King Kullen went up, I thought that was a big missed opportunity to put in something like Wegman’s or Whole Foods. Also, we live at the beach. How come Whale’s Tale seems to be the only specialty seafood place? Jordan’s Lobster Farm is close, but why not put a little clam/fish shack somewhere near the ocean or the bay?

    Second, I miss the nightlife culture of Brooklyn. To be fair, nothing can compete with the city. I’m surprised there isn’t a dedicated bar/music venue here. I think it would be such a big money maker. Yes, I know places like Sugo, the Inn, Minnesotas, etc offer live music occasionally, but I’m talking about a small stage and a bar. You could have live music on the weekends, open mic nights on Wednesdays, comedy Thursdays…

    Anyway, I truly love living here. I’ve made many friends and have gotten active in the community. There are just some things this Brooklyn girl misses.

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