Ok, plenty of you are talking about the negatives, but I want to hear the positives. There has to be some, right? Let’s try to figure out what good can come out of this iStar development:
Will the added demographic bring some life to our downtowns? Will the added people increase LIRR trains? Will it be really cool to eat lunch at a restaurant on the boardwalk?
So all you negative-Nancys think hard and come up with something. RULE: if you don’t have anything nice to write, don’t write anything at all.
Registration for Long Beach Recreation group swim lessons will begin on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, for residents and on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, for non- residents. Swim instruction is offered on all levels including, pre-school, Kindergarten, Red Cross Levels 1 thru 6, and adult lessons. The Recreation Department follows the American Red Cross progressive swimmers guidelines and certified water safety instructors teach all classes.
The registration fee for Long Beach Residents is $100.00 plus admission and the fee for non-residents is $125.00 plus admission. Group lessons consist of a series of ten classes, which are held once a week for forty-five minutes.
In addition to group swim lessons, a Swim Club is being offered for swimmers age 17 and under for the swimmer who wants to excel in swimming but does not want to compete in meets. We also offer an Arthritis Class and Swimnastics ( exercise classes performed in warm water).
For more information call (516) 431-3890 or click here to download an application for swim lessons and click here for swim club.
Written by [Anonymous]
It appears there is a connection between our local Democratic Party and iStar the company developing the Super Block. Could this be the reason that a 16 story building was introduced and approved in a few short weeks?
Articles showing connection:
I hardly ever censor comments, but please refrain from posting private peoples names and addresses on my blog . You are at your own risk if you do. I don’t get to read all comments in a timely manner, but if it’s something I do see that I’m uncomfortable with, it will be deleted.
Ok, we are getting the iStar superblock.
Well, parking will be an issue as always. I don’t think traffic will change that much; residential doesn’t effect areas as much as commercial traffic-wise. The beach in that area, which is crowded already, will surely be a mess on hot summer days. I don’t know anything about shadows, but you have to feel for those who live behind them. We are going to get more retail, just no crappy t-shirt stores on boardwalk, please!!!
How long until we see more proposed giant towers for the foundation block?
LThe Long Beach Recreation Department is proud to announce that it is now offering an indoor soccer program for Pre-Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds). The program will start on Wednesday, March 5 and will be held at the Long Beach Middle School. Participants will meet for eight weeks from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Long Beach Middle School. The program is only $50.00, and all participants will receive an award. This is a brand new program and will fill up fast, so don’t delay and sign up today. There are only 40 spots available! For further information visit our website at www.longbeachny.gov/rec or call (516) 431-3890.
A received another letter that was sent to the Zoning Board regarding the iStar Superblock proposal. This one comes from Leslie and Jordan:
Zoning Board of Appeals
City Of Long Beach
This letter is to inform you that both my husband and I are OPPOSED to the iStar proposed development of the Superblock. We are opposed to the height and density of this development. The addition of 900-1000 more people to this already crowded neighborhood would be most detrimental and not all sensitive to the needs of the community.
Who are these 1000 people? They are transient tenants, not people who will live here and raise their families here. Will they turn the water off on the beach and the boardwalk when the showers are left running? They won’t care. Will they support their community by shopping here, joining PTA, attending City Council meetings? No will they not.
The Superblock is not a blight on the neighborhood. It may be underutilized, but it was a god-send during the rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. What would we have done without the staging area available to rebuild the boardwalk and host many activities, if those obscene towers had already been built?
My husband and I have owned our home for 29 years. We have been paying taxes for 29 years. Why do we feel that that was money just thrown away and we are now being punished for our efforts and loyalty? The developer says, “We’re trying to have the least impact possible…and be as sensitive to the community as we possibly can.” We don’t see it that way. There will be significant impact on traffic, parking and sanitation, and there will significant negative impact on the quality of our lives.
What we see is an increase in traffic in an already busy area. Cars are constantly circling the end of Long Beach Road dropping off and picking up people for the beach, the boardwalk, the surf school and of course the Arts and Crafts Festivals. This is an accident waiting to happen and I have voiced my concerns about this before. Would a transient tenant speak up?
This project will potentially add an extra 1000 people to sit on our beach, which is likely to turn away the day trippers, as now our beach will be too crowded. Do we have enough lifeguards? Do we have enough sanitation workers? Do we have adequate bathrooms? Will iStar build a big, beautiful bathroom under the boardwalk, like the one under the Alegria, to accommodate their 1000 tenants? At least that would benefit the community.
And what about the dogs? Is there a dog walking area provided or will the dogs be using my lawn just like the rest of the apartment dwellers who live near by? If dogs are not allowed then this will only decrease the advantages of moving to Long Beach ,thereby increasing the risk of vacancies.
Let’s talk about the construction itself. We just spent a year looking at a huge mountain of sand and listening to the beep, beep, beep of tractors and backhoes. The taste of the sand blown in our faces, into our house and cars was just delightful. Now you want us to go through that again but this time with no benefit at the end.
iStar is delusional about the success of the retail space. They state that these are boardwalk-oriented stores. As an almost daily user of the boardwalk, I see the same people all they time. Of course we are exercising, walking, running, biking or just strolling. Well guess what. We don’t carry our wallets when we do these things. So, these stores will be drive-to destination shops, probably owned by strangers. Why would a long time resident want to shop there anyway? We would rather give our business to Heidi at Frippery or Steven at Steven’s Jewelers who have lived and done business here for many, many years.
The esthetic of these towers is undesirable. They will be ugly and similar to the tall buildings bordering the beach in Rockaway. Is that what we want to look at everyday. Do we want to live in their depressing shadow? A shadow that will reduce the output of my solar panels, increasing rather than decreasing my footprint.
Why does the Zoning Board feel it is necessary to even consider this variance? This project must to be scaled back to our current zoning regulations. We must adhere to regulations that preserve our architectural integrity. We must NOT approve this variance. This is the only way to benefit our community. We must SCALE BACK, SCALE BACK, SCALE BACK.
Leslie and Jordan
Living in the Shadow of the Proposed
The Long Beach Rec Center is now offering Yoga for little ones! In these classes, children are introduced to yoga poses and breathing exercises that build body awareness, balance, strength, and confidence. To reach and engage the mind of a child in yoga practice, each week focuses on a different themed imaginary “adventure” to places such as the zoo, the arctic, a pet store- where we meet and act out related yoga poses for the various animals and things encountered. Yoga for our littlest yogis (strong walkers-age 3) is a parent-child style class held Wednesday mornings 9:30am-10:30am, and for those in school (approx. ages 4-6) there is a drop-off class Wednesday afternoons 4:00pm-4:45pm. Bring a yoga mat or towel and dress in clothes good for stretching. Come play yoga! Visit www.longbeachny.gov/rec for applications or more information.
As we begin to thaw out there are many exciting programs coming to the Rec this spring that we want you to share with you. We are now accepting applications for our Pre-K Indoor Soccer program and for our Kindergarten through the fifth grade Indoor Soccer program. The program will meet on Wednesday evenings at the Long Beach Middle School and trained recreation personnel will be on hand to teach the basic fundamentals of soccer in a safe, fun, and friendly learning environment.
The Recreation Department will be offering a great lineup of adult programs this spring and we hope you consider taking advantage of one of the many programs. Men’s and Women’s softball will begin the second week in May. Get your team together for this very popular league. To warm up for the softball season we will host the Annual Ed Smith Men’s Softball Tournament the weekend of April 25th, 26th & 27th and we will also host the Inaugural Dottie Barriscale Women’s Softball Tournament the following weekend May 2nd , 3rd, & 4th. Other adult spring programs include Adult Yoga, Arthritis Exercise, Swimnastics, Adult Fitness, Volleyball, Women’s Kickball, and our very popular Kwick Fit Program that will get anyone into shape for the summer season. Adult program applications will be out in March.
Our youth programming is extensive as well and we will be offering more spring programs than ever before. We will be offering an outdoor Soccer Program which will be very similar to our Fall program with practices and games every week on our Recreation ball fields. Also, right here at the Recreation Center we will also be offering Yoga for Kids, Lacrosse for grades Kindergarten through fourth grade, and a Running Club. Once again, we are in contact with outside organizations to provide affordable opportunities in the areas of Tae Kwon Do along with educational art classes. Look for these applications in the coming weeks.
The Long Beach Ice Arena is busy in the spring as well. We will have our traditional House League as well as other programs such as Learn to Skate, Learn to play Hockey, and Tots Learn to Skate. Furthermore The Long Beach Ice Arena is now accepting birthday party requests to Ice Skate, use the swimming pool, or to have your own personal Gaga party. Our snack bar can provide quality food at an affordable rate, so please consider us when planning your next party. Visitwww.longbeachny.gov/icearena for more info.
Yours in Recreation,
Acting Assistant Superintendent
Long Beach Recreation Department
Is this what we are getting? Nicer than before. Let’s just hope we aren’t dumb enough to figure out this whole recycling thing…
Thanks to Longbeachmatterstoyou for the photo and research.