Single Stream Recycling (It’s Wacky Wednesday!)

Hey everybody, it’s Wacky Wednesday here on SBTC! Wacky Wednesday will be a random and ongoing series on the blog, similar to Conspiracy Thursday and Nonsense Friday. Wacky Wednesday is when I ask a wacky question about a current topic from the City Council meeting the night before. Today’s topic is SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING.

Hot off the press and from last nights City Council meeting: our city has just announced a transition to Single Stream Recycling, which means starting January 1st you no longer have to sort your papers from plastics and whatnot. It will be a much easier experience, so now you have no excuse not to recycle. (see the city press release below the break)

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I’m actually really happy about this because my household recycles a lot and I’m always scrambling on day of pickup sorting all my junk.

So here is my Wacky Wednesday Question: Since recycling is now streamlined, does this mean all those enormous green corner receptacles will be upgraded to ones with a smaller foot print? I mean, there are some that you can’t even get around because they are so big.  And since we are on the subject,(oh a Wacky Wednesday extra!) why are these green corner receptacles still next to standalone garbage cans? 

What we have:

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Streamlined recycling means less bins! Let’s have less less confusing green corners!So maybe people will actually use them!

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Pop-up stores in Long Beach (I can’t believe that this is even an issue)

A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary: the space could be a sample sale one day and host a private cocktail party the next evening. The trend involves “popping up” one day, then disappearing anywhere from one day to several weeks later. These shops, while small and temporary, can build up interest by consumer exposure.  [LINK]

There has been a bit of pop-up store controversy in Long Beach this past week. Lots of restaurants/stores were hosting pop-ups all over town. They brought traffic, energy & excitement; a fun and unique shopping experience that this city so desperately needs. What’s the controversy?  Some of these businesses who hosted the pop-ups didn’t have the Long Beach-required Mercantile License. So the other night a complaint was made, the cops came and several pop-ups were deflated.

It’s just so sad, in a town where we preach SHOP LOCAL. We have become a town where vacancies and nail salons rule the roost.  I get it that a mercantile license is required by law, but really? Another fee? The lease between a property owner and tenant spells out exactly what’s allowed inside a store. I am not sure why our city has to even be involved with this. Can somebody please explain? Is this measly fee really that important? Just set ‘pop-up’ rules: a pop-up can’t serve cooked food, has to obey cabaret laws, etc. But a local vendor setting up a table at a local restaurant really is a big problem? WHO CARES!!! I can’t believe that this is even an issue!! I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM EVEN WRITING ABOUT THIS!!

Not every local municipality requires this type of license, by the way. The Bouy Bar in Point Lookout (town of hempstead) hosts a very popular pop-up/ ladies night on Mondays (of all nights) during the summer months. I heard the place gets jam packed. Perhaps all of our vendors should just do pop-ups in our nearby towns. Yep, keep all the fun away from Long beach as much as possible. ^o)

What are your ideas for bringing more art to Long Beach?

So I am reading about the Long Beach Council for the Arts:

“Leaders of local arts groups gathered together [recently] for a special meeting to discuss the formation of a Long Beach Council for the Arts. Members of the City Council and the City Manager joined the discussion which was run by Sustainable Long Island — [LINK]
I am so curious to see where this goes, for I am a lover of the arts, even though I cannot even draw a stick figure or make a straight line. What I want to know is:  What are your ideas for bringing more art to Long Beach?  

One thing I would LOVE is a sculpture garden. I’ve been to a bunch: Socrates in Astoria, Seattle near Pike Place, Jersey has a cool one as well. There is really not much to it, but an interesting walk of sculptures – perhaps on the bay near the Rec Center and new skate park? But cool scupltures. No crap.

Oh, I would like to see more murals. The more recently ones around the city are AWESOME!  But enough about me, what about you? Got any great ideas? Please share with links, if possible!Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 9.51.06 PM

Long Beach, NY: Our best kept secret.

I just want to make a quick (or not so quick) comment about two articles that I published yesterday (Rockaways & Identity Crisis). The Rockaway bit was part of a greater article that suggested ALL of Queens was voted #1 destination by a travel blog. The Identity article was more about the ongoing war of residents: Those who want Long Beach to grow vs. those who want Long Beach to shrink.  I wrote how I’d like Long Beach to grow. Not into a mini-manhattan, but as a proper mini-city by the sea that is walkable, safe, fun, pretty to look at and active. Just because I suggested a billion things I would do here, does not suggest that I hate Long Beach.

We all have our own visions of Long Beach and those were just mine. Re-thinking Waldbaums, fixing Park Avenue, Rethinking the Bay area, complete streets, etc -all that stuff I’ve been yapping about since 2008 when nobody even followed the blog (2008:The future of Long Beach being considered.  2009: My Long Beach Wish List.) I write this crap because I am a total Long Beach nerd and love the potential we have here. These ideas are nothing new to this blog. They are pretty much the reason why I started this blog in the first place: not so much as a news source, but a place to discuss Long Beach potential. I know so many of you have great ideas of your own.

The reason why I am bringing this up is because I saw somebody suggest how I must hate Long Beach since I want to change it so much. That is not the case whatsoever. Like I said, I am a total Long Beach nerd, I love talking about this city; just because I have my own vision that is different than yours, does’t mean I hate the place.  All these travel blogs can say what they want about Queens, the Rockaways, NYC, Brooklyn, whatever… none of those areas are like Long Beach. You Long Beach residents know what I mean. You really have to live here to experience the magic Long Beach has to offer. This is a special area, so I completely understand why so many of you want to keep it a secret.

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“Long Beach, NY: More Than Just the Beach” — City of Long Beach awarded $300K for marketing

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/REDCAwardsBooklet2014.pdf

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Beach
Marketing
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"Long Beach, NY: More Than Just
the Beach" is a marketing project,
implemented by The City of Long Beach,
aimed at increasing both summer and
year-round visitors. The 2013 marketing
campaign increased tourism, which
countered the potential economic
downturn post Superstorm-Sandy.
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$300,000

Does Long Beach suffer from an identity crisis? Are we a City by the Sea or a Suburb by the Sea?

hellocityReading the comments on this blog and facebook tells me one thing: Long Beach suffers from an identity crisis. Everybody has their own opinion as to what they want this Riviera of the East to be. I sense lots of frustration by those who want LB to grow and by those who want it to shrink. So, I ask you this: WHAT THE HELL DO YOU PEOPLE WANT? 

Me? Quite frankly, I hate the suburbs. I came to Long Beach because it’s the CITY BY THE SEA. I was attracted by the walkability, being able to ride a bike everywhere, plus obviously the beach and boardwalk. I really don’t like this suburban dream some of you talking about. As what somebody commented on this blog in the past: the Idea of eating at Applebee’s and doing my shopping at the Mall does not appeal to me. With that, my idea of Long Beach is much different than what others want. In fact, if I had my way around here, I would:

  • Knock down Waldbaums. I hate that stupid shopping center. I can’t even walk past it on the sidewalk because everybody impatiently wants to kill me as they rush to pull in so they can buy their hormone injected chicken and eggs.
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Redevelop Burger King property as a ‘restaurant square’ with a L shaped building, fountain in the middle, outdoor seating, etc.
  • I would add more residential density to our downtown – especially near the LIRR. These people will walk to the train, walk to the beach, walk to food and coffee. If they want to check out the West End, they can take the Trolley. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOUNG ADULTS LIKE THIS LIFESTYLE. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
  • Speaking of density: ART SPACE. Enough said.
  • Encourage bike riding, walking, etc.. They do it in Canada where it’s colder.  People in NYC have no problem being outside and getting exercise (which we all need.) We can do this here!!! (Allison Box, do you hear me?)
  • I would figure out a way to develop the bay area with some type of learning/education center involved with a local College. Or some type of children/nature museum which will highlight our amazing marshes, bay houses, fishing history, etc (Joey’s Long Beach Marine Lab?)
  • Bring back a marina which offers not only boat slips and fishing party boats, but kayaking. (Holy Crap, you mean some type of fun activity? WOAHH Hold your horses!)
  • Convince our Chamber of Commerce to attract some type of non-retail business (we need other jobs here besides retail, especially since the hospital is never coming back the way it was).
  • Reduce Park Avenue down to two lanes each way. WHHHAAT? Make sidewalks wider and create proper bike lanes. I can list dozens of roads that are busier than Park Avenue that are only two lanes. Traffic? Well… read on:
  • With that, I would make sure our traffic lights are properly timed to reduce frustration. (Drive 30mph and you will make most of the lights).
  • Speed humps at every single stop sign, which will encourage drivers to stay on the main roads of Park Avenue and Broadway.
  • Bring Bed and Breakfasts to Long Beach: They are not going to bring traffic, but empty nesters who will spend money at our restaurants and boutiques.
  • Create Business Improvement Districts (BID) for both Park Avenue and Beech Street. Come up with ‘theme’ design for both downtowns and run with it. Some of these new buildings going up look like absolutely shit (Dunkin’ Donuts in the West End, I’m Looking at you).  If you people really want Long Beach to be like the Hamptons, then copy the stupid Hamptons. Have you ever even been to a Hamptons downtown? We aren’t even close to it as far as looks are concerned.
  • Sanctions for garbage pickup. Why is it that when I visit major cities like Boston, I see no garbage? Our streets here are filthy.
  • Downtown improvements to sidewalks, curb bumpouts, pedestrian lighting, etc.
  • I would also convert all street lights on the side roads to pedestrian lights. This way, when I walk on the sidewalk at night, I feel safe from being mugged and stepping on dog poop. Cars already have headlights. They can see where they are going just fine.
  • Have public hanging at Kennedy Plaza for anybody who doesn’t pick up dog poop or litters.

Now who can loan me a billion dollars?

Yes, I am sure some of these ideas are outlandish, but I’m having a bad day and need to vent. I’m not looking to turn Long Beach into a major metropolis, but I do think we can grow in a way that is smart and effective. There I said it. I kinda don’t care what you all write in the comments. I don’t plan on defending myself.

So the Rockaways are becoming more of a destination than Long Beach? Lonely Planet thinks so.

Lonely Planet deems Queens, NY as the #1 destination in the US (see -Best in the US 2015) and much of it has to do with the Rockaways:

“Speaking of beaches, Rockaway has become NYC’s favorite seaside destination of the summer. Locals looking for sand and sun but without the Hamptons’ fuss (the prices, the traffic, the ‘tude), have begun flocking to this beach in outer Queens. Wait, Queens has a beach? Indeed, and you can reach these Atlantic-kissed sands on the subway. Aside from wave frolicking, surfing (as immortalized by the Ramones) and people watching, the chief draw is the burgeoning eating and drinking scene that has sprouted near the boardwalk. Tender fish tacos from Rockaway Taco (rockawaytaco.com) and piping hot pizza from Brooklyn’s much loved Roberta’s (robertaspizza.com) was just the beginning. More recently Rockaway has seen the opening of wine bars (the Rock serves up tapas, craft brews and wine on tap; therocknyc.com), foodie joints (Uma’s, the place for Central Asian cooking with a side of rock n’ roll; umasrestaurant.tumblr.com), a mini flea market and bohemian nightspots – like Playland: equal parts art gallery, beach bar and wildly decorated motel. [LINK]

So what the hell are we doing wrong here in Long Beach? I see too many nail salons, restaurants hanging on for dear life and plenty of  vacancies. I’m not saying the Rockaways are perfect,  but they are sure heading in the right direction with music, culture & food.  We do have a better boardwalk and I would say out beaches are nicer, but I sure wish some of that gentrification rubbed off a little over here…

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