Schumer was recently in local news for leaving a $500 tip for a waiter at Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. She also dumped clam chowder on her head instead of ice for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If anybody has anymore Amy Schumer/clam stories, please send it in.
The best deal in Long Beach: The Trolley Bus. Use your beach pass to catch a free ride around town. You folks in the east want to go west? Take the trolley and avoid parking. You folks in the west want a parking spot? Park your car in the east and take the trolley back west. It’s that simple.
Flag down the trolley and hop on; the driver is friendly, the ride is safe, smooth and comfortable. Problem is: Not too many people seem to be using this amazing form of transportation. I think there are two issues: 1) the map/schedule is confusing 2) lack of proper and attractive signage around town showing people when/how/where to use it.
The Map/schedule. Granted, I’m not the brightest bulb in the bunch, but I do know to follow instructions. It took me forever to figure out the map routes. Some might get WEST LOOP/EAST LOOP bus routes confused with WESTBOUND/EASTBOUND trolley bus times. Then there is the Shopper’s special trolley bus that goes EAST&WEST. Also, perhaps I’m slightly colorblind, but it looks like the Shopper’s Special West actually goes on the boardwalk. Also, aren’t those Shopper’s Specials trolley buses the same buses as the trolley buses? Should the Shopper’s special East/West be combined with the Trolley Eastbound/Westbound? And how can we make it clear to differentiate the West Loop/East Loop buses from the Eastbound/Westbound Trolley buses and the Shopper’s Special East/Shopper’s special West trolley buses, which may or may not be the same trolley buses being used for the Trolley East Bound/West Bound?
I know…. THIS ALL LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A DR. SEUSS BOOK! What we have are similar forms of transportation going similar directions on similar routes: “Green trolley, red trolleys, blue bus blue. One for me and one for you.” Can you imagine if you stepped off the train with no knowledge of Long Beach trying to figure this out? “How do you fix it? We don’t know. Go ask your pop. He might know!”
Ok, so now let’s talk about signs. There is a map and schedule taped to a utility pole on National Blvd. Is that enough? I am assuming you can find the same attractive postings at the LIRR, Maple and Nevada, right? I heard actual signs are coming, so I’m hoping they are just backordered or something. Not sitting in some city garage collecting dust with the bike signs for park avenue we were promised….
I really didn’t mean to write a post bashing the trolleys. I swear, I love these silly buses. So instead of the naysayers who hate everything, I would love to hear from the people who actually road the trolley. What was your experience like with figuring out the map and schedule? Would you do anything differently? What do you think the city needs to do to get more people to use this FREE WITH BEACH PASS form of transportation?
Last Friday was a very busy beach day. I’m hearing it was one of the busiest in Long Beach history. We got to enjoy lots of traffic, illegally parked cars and blah blah blah. Talk amongst yourselves with those issues. I, on the other hand, just want to use this blog to send a big THANK YOU to the out-of-towner with the Mercedes who left that half eaten sandwich on my front lawn. It was delicious…
Anyway, Do we need garbage receptacles on the side streets? The main roads have them, but the more residential areas get just as dirty. What do you think?
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Long Beach Herald has an updated article on the Allegria/Seizure notice situation: Allegria Hotel: ‘We’re in business’
Newsday chimes in as well: Allegria Hotel rooms seized by state for unpaid back taxes
From the Herald:
“The hotel’s owner, Allen Rosenberg, and general manager, Nasser Samman, confirmed that the notices were posted but said that the establishment was never “closed,” and that the signs were placed only on several vacant hotel room doors as awarning by the department.
…..The Allegria is working very closely with New York state to resolve the issue..
…..According to a May 2015 report on the department’s website listing delinquent taxpayers, Rosenberg and Alrose Allegria LLC owe a total of $4.4 million in withholding and sales and use taxes from December 2011 through April 2014. The latest tax lien on the hotel, according to state tax warrants,shows unpaid back taxes of $189,377 as of July 1. [LINK]
As always, head over the the LB Herald for the full article [Allegria Hotel: ‘We’re in business’ ]. Lots more there.
At seven years old, SEABYTHECITY.COM is no longer a bouncing baby blog (still not potty trained, if you go by some of the comments). In light of this grand and monumental event, celebrations are happening all over our civitas ad mare. At City Hall, all eight city council candidates (5 dems, 3 repubs) plan on jumping out of a giant birthday cake, shouting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEABYTHECITY!”
That’s not all. The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce has declared this day SEABYTHECITY MERCHANT HUG DAY. In an effort to spread more love around the business districts, you are encouraged to hug your local merchant. But only hug Chamber members. REPEAT: ONLY HUG CHAMBER MEMBERS.
Long Beach Cinemas will finally show SEABYTHECITY.COM: THE MOVIE on all four screens in 3D. The adult price per ticket will be $2008, in honor of the year this blog started. No senior, child or wacky birthday discounts.
At the Allegria Hotel, rooms are being fixated with fake SEIZED/NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES notices to ward off all potential guests, as the entire hotel will be converted for the SEABYTHECITY AFTERHOURS BIRTHDAY BANANZA. Hope you see you all there 😉
‘Nonpayment of Taxes’ notices allegedly seen on several doors at the Allegria Hotel. Several readers have sent and posted this link which shows back taxes owed to NY state: State Tax Warrant Notice System.
A reader asks:
“With all the ballyhoo about Section 8 taking over Long Beach by some of your [readers], it’s time to see exactly where the 8’s are living. Where are the Section 8 tenants? Dollars to donuts, it’s not that many.
To make this clearer: Some of you have indicated that there’s more section 8 housing in LB, how it’s [apparently] all part of a grand plan by democrats in office because it [apparently means] more votes for them. This reader wants those commentators to prove it.
A reader who plans on moving to Long Beach asks about the lack of Freshdirect in our city:
“Was there ever an effort to get FreshDirect to deliver to Long Beach? Or is there a similar service out there?
We have Peapod, but I never used the service. How is Peapod in Long Beach? You can always contact Fresh Direct and request Long Beach as a location, but I’m curious how both of these companies compare.
Sent in by a reader:
It’s easy to conclude from the trash, endless spent cigarettes and never ending song of blaring car horns that LB has quality of life issues.
There is no place for horns at the beach, unless its a matter of safety. Although many of the day trippers are to blame, our residents add to the problem.
Perhaps a “No Horn” city ordinance with a nice fine attached would motivate?
While many day trippers can’t take the time to find the local trash pail, the residents of our community needs to lead by example and pick up. I would love to see a fine for littering as well.
If we don’t clean up our neighborhood who will.
Here’s a makeshift-lease abstract for that infamous 99 year lease we all keep hearing about. Signed in 1983, this is a ground lease for the entire property between The City of Long Beach [lessor] & Long Beach Plaza Corp [Lessee]. There is a common misconception how this lease is for the Waldbaum’s itself. Please understand that’s not the case. Waldbaum’s [A&P] is just one of the many tenants in that center.
[UPDATE: According to some of the comments, A&P actually is Long Beach Plaza Corp.]
Take this info for what it is; there could be mistakes. Due to time restraints and boredom, this info is also incomplete. I’ll try to upload a scan of the entire lease as soon as I can.
LANDLORD: City of long Beach
TENANT: Long Beach Plaza Corp.
TERMS: Ground Lease for the entire property.
LEASE DATE: May 20, 1983.
AMENDMENT (October 21, 1983): Additional property: Lots 5, 46, 47 block 95. Same terms modifying additional property to lease lease. $2400 per annum. (There are no other amendments that I know of)
Tenant Pays Basic Rent + Additional Rent (triple net including tax, insurance, maintenance, etc.)
Equal monthly installments in advance 1st of month
|Terms(Signed May 20, 1983)||Basic Rent (per annum)||Lease Amendment (October 21st, 1983) (per annum)*||Total (per annum) paid in equal monthly installments in advance on the 1st of the month|
|First 5 years after||$30,000.00||$2,400.00||$32,400.00|
|years 6 to 10||$40,000.00||$2,400.00||$42,400.00|
|years 11 to 15||$50,000.00||$2,400.00||$52,400.00|
|years 16 to 20||$60,000.00||$2,400.00||$62,400.00|
|years 21 to 25||$70,000.00||$2,400.00||$72,400.00|
|years 26 to 30||$80,000.00||$2,400.00||$82,400.00|
|years 31 to 40||$90,000.00||$2,400.00||$92,400.00|
|years 41 to 50||$100,000.00||$2,400.00||$102,400.00|
|years 51 to 60||$110,000.00||$2,400.00||$112,400.00|
|years 61 to 70||$120,000.00||$2,400.00||$122,400.00|
|years 71 to 80||$130,000.00||$2,400.00||$132,400.00|
|years 81 to 90||$140,000.00||$2,400.00||$142,400.00|
- Along with the BASIC RENT, tenant also pays ADDITIONAL EXPENSES: Insurance, taxes, permits, fees, obligations, etc. All prorates on a daily basis,
- All contesting fees, tax certiorari appeals, rebates,refunds etc. belong to tenant.
- I didn’t see any mention of ‘Base Year’ credits. As far as I can tell, Long Beach Plaza Corp. pays 100% of all taxes and additional rent.
- This was a neighborhood development program area. Appropriate for urban renewal ‘project area’
- Use of Property: First 30 years may only be used for specific plan.
- Tenant responsible for upkeep. Required to maintain in good repair / good condition.
- Tenant must provide Generally liability insurance.
- Indemnity Agreement: Landlord (Long Beach) is held harmless against liabilities, lawsuits, penalties, claims, liens, demands, etc.
- Tenant may sublease/assign after 5 years term of lease (May 19 1988)
- Surrender at end of term, property must be in good order, etc.
- Tenant to cover cost of restoration if an event (like Sandy) occurs. Landlord can terminate lease if this isn’t obliged.
- Condemnation: (see scan below)
- Termination clause expenses prorated
- No modification of lease without consent of both parties.
- Termination of lease. Reason of default. Monetary defaults
- Default events : failure to pay basic rent 15 day grace period.
- Tenant has option to terminate lease.
Most of what else is in there is typical stuff you’d find in a blumberg form, I’ll try to get an actual scan of the entire lease as soon as I can.
In other news, two new posters went up today:
For those who want to move to Long Beach (I highly recommend it), Newsday has a whole article on the topic. READ – Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market
“Best known for its laid-back lifestyle and its beaches, surfing and boating, and a famous boardwalk that was built in 1914 and rebuilt and reopened in 2013 after it was destroyed by superstorm Sandy, the independent and self-governing city made a true comeback after that storm.”
“Post-Sandy, everyone discovered Long Beach,” says Rubin. “We are getting a whole new crowd here. It’s very hip and diverse. It is another alternative to the Hamptons or for those downsizing who are not going to live in New York City.”
Read the full article over at Newsday, although I can’t tell if it’s behind the usual Newsday paywall.
The Bocce League has enough teams for Tuesday and Thursday nights, but there is still some room on each night for more! The cut off will be this coming Wednesday, July 1st at noon. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the organizers at: BOCCE LEAGUE SIGN UP