Kitty Condo and Sea Pointe Towers in the news

Remember this post from last Friday: RUMOR ALERT: TWO MORE GIANT BUILDINGS COMING TO LB? Well, the LB Herald fills in some blanks for us.

Read: City hires legal counsel to fight $50M lawsuit. Retains law firms after attempts to settle Haberman suit hit a snag .

Known as the Haberman property, originally 4 towers, but only 1 was built. You know, that building between Monroe and Lincoln next to the red shack filled with cats (now known as Kitty condo): Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 3.23.28 PM

Zoning boards, alleged-political pressure, lawsuits, two 19-story buildings later proposed, etc. Just read the Herald article for everything you need. [LB Herald]



Raiders of the Lost Ark: Virginia Beach @ 8pm This Saturday!

We are taking it back to where it all began. This weekend your hosts are the originators of Movie Nights in Long Beach, The West End Neighbors Civic Association.

This Saturday night’s show: Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown on Virginia Ave beach staring at 8:00PM

Why not get together with some friends and make it a night? Make reservations at a restaurant perhaps at someone who is a member of the West End Business Owners or Billy’s Beach Cafe or “The Laurel” and then stop by The Barn or Key Food East End for snacks and beverages and head down to the show (Shameless plugs for our sponsors)

Please tell all your friends and neighbors to come down and help us make it another incredible night. Here is something you probably already knew, parking will be tight,(Another post about parking?  Shocking!) so if possible please walk or ride your bicycle.

Bring a friend and beach chair, we will bring the popcorn. See you at the movies

Retirement Sucks

Not to beat a topic to death, but I felt the need to do a separate followup post on MOBILE BILLBOARDS? THE LOVE OF ADVERTISING IN THIS CITY IS OUT OF CONTROL. I am also going to lock MOBILE BILLBOARDS? THE LOVE OF ADVERTISING IN THIS CITY IS OUT OF CONTROL from additional comments because I’m not enjoying the bashing and confusion that’s going on there. This post is new forum for us to bash and confuse each other (really, please don’t) on the topic of MOBILE BILLBOARDS? THE LOVE OF ADVERTISING IN THIS CITY IS OUT OF CONTROL.

First of all, I really appreciate and love the positive feedback that many wrote about this blog. I wish I could personally thank you all.  I honestly didn’t mean to have a sappy Going Away party. It somehow did and I am deeply humbled by all the love. Thank you!

(Great photos by Captain Obvious!)

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There was a ton of confusion and mindless thrashing and bashing in that thread. I just want to make my point clear:

  • What I posted was of my opinion on mobile billboards. It was not to bash an individual person. It was not to bash pedicabs. It was solely on bashing mobile billboards. Look at the photo that I posted. It’s of a bike with a billboard attached to it. Look at the headline. It mentions Mobile Billboards and not pedicabs. I have no issue with pedicabs.
  • I am sorry, but I don’t like billboards that serve no other purpose than to advertise. That is of my opinion and it cannot be changed.
  • Somebody wrote: “Lets turn the tables and question if opinions like this are appropriate and if the love of hateful opinions are out of control?????”     How can having an opinion on not liking billboards be inappropriate? I am dying to know!
  • There is nothing green about mobile billboards. I’m sorry Joe if you believe that. Riding a bike towing a billboard not being green. If you meant Pedicabs? Yes, those are green, but I wasn’t talking about pedicabs. I meant a bike with a billboard attached. See the photo in my original thread as well as the headline [LINK]. I never mentioned Pedicabs.
  • I said I don’t like mobile billboards, but that was not directed at the individual who runs the business. Jason seems like a really great guy. I appreciate him commenting on the blog and giving his side of things. I love his pedicab service and how he gives seniors free rides. I mean, that is amazing and he should be commended. I am a big fan of pedicabs and love them as an alternative to taxis and cars. I do think pedicabs are an asset to our Long Beach area and will without a doubt promote that business for him on this blog for free.  But I want to make it clear that my original post was not about pedicabs. It was on mobile billboards. Two different things.
  • I have often blogged on how I dislike billboards (see: tacky by the sea) with the negative connotations they bring , plus the fear of it going out of control. I personally don’t want LB to become another Atlantic City or Seaside Heights. Maybe some of you do. This is my blog where I post my opinion. If you like billboards, go with that angle and start your pro-billboard blog. You have all the power in the world to do that. youradhere
  • I dislike when people attack me personally and tell me to write real stories. It’s a blog. What did you expect? Believe it or not, but some actually kinda like what I write. There are other websites where you can find topics that may suit your needs. I suggest you check those out. Or, If you have a story suggestion, tell me nicely. We are all neighbors, but to say that I have no imagination or skill to write good stuff is a direct shot at me. It also makes you like a bully in a school yard. I was not a bully towards Jason. I simple said I don’t like billboards. I didn’t put him down personally in any way, shape or form. Some of you posted comments as if I did, but if you actually read what I wrote, you will see you’re wrong (please go back and read everything I wrote). In fact, I am the only person who was put down personally as an individual. What I said about billboards does not reflect how I feel about Jason. Like I said, I commend him with his pedicab service. Pedicabs are awesome.
  • Direct quote from a reader:  “If 1 bike is allowed, its only a matter of time until there are 20. Soon there will be people dressed as elmo bothering people for pictures!” That is what I am worried about! Again, no issue with pedicabs. My issue/opinion is with bikes towing billboards.
  • That all being said, we cannot rent or sell every square inch of this city to the highest bidder. In the past several months we have seen a major increase in billboards around town (green corners & standalone billboards to be specific). By this trend it will get worse and worse. In 5 years you’re going to look back and say “oh shit, what have we done here.” I will be here on this blog saying, “I told you so.” We need to protect what is left of Long Beach before our boardwalk and beach becomes a place of endless pop-up ads. The boardwalk and beach need to remain being our escape: we it’s imperative that we keep it that way.
  • THE POLL: As of this writing, 16% of you would rather live in an area littered with signs over a quiet and peaceful beach. Liar liar pants-on-firepants on fire.

End of story. As far as the future of this blog goes, I am a liar liar pants on fire.

This is an opinionated blog with offbeat topics. I am very proud with what was created here – especially with no writing/journalism background. Yes it shows, but I’m fine with this blog not being perfect. I am still very proud of it, not just with my ramblings, but also with all the contributions I have received from many of you, the amazing people I have met because of it and whatever positive changes I was told it brought to Long Beach. I really don’t know what else to say, other than: Chances are you aren’t going to like everything I write. Too bad, because Johnny Depp says so:



Report: Residents of Asbury Park, NJ are NOT happy with iStar Residential

Superblock developer iStar Residential has been facing lots of opposition with their projects in Asbury Park, NJ. Different than the two buildings proposed here, iStar has ambitions to load this historic New Jersey beach community with townhouses galore [see:].

Steven, editor from the local blog Asbury Pulp, gave me a rundown on why so many are upset with this plan:

“The biggest issue is one part of the development: 16 townhomes along a stretch of waterfront that has long been a popular spot with surfers and fishermen – referred to as North Beach, where Deal Lake meets the ocean. Many want iStar to let the county buy this parcel at market value with Green Acres funding. But as of now, iStar still plans to build the townhomes.

Elsewhere, some feel the aesthetics and scale of proposed other buildings do not fit the character of Asbury Park. Their project here stretches along the entire boardwalk and goes several blocks in. Already, some buildings that many felt had historical value have been demolished to make way for new condo buildings. This also hasn’t been popular with a lot of people.

In some ways this is different than what we’re worried about here: The historical building on our superblock has been long gone. Aesthetically, the superblock is pretty damn ugly as it is. We do have overdevelopment fears in common. That being said, it’s interesting to see another nearby beach town deal with iStar, development and the future of their beloved community.

SBTC is a Long Beach blog, so I won’t go into the specifics of this Asbury Park/iStar opposition, but here are some of the greatest hits:

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$5,000 Bethpage FCU Summer Breeze Volleyball Tournament

 $5,000 Bethpage FCU Summer Breeze Volleyball Tournament Coming to Long Beach

Presented by Spalding

East End Volleyball is running the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Summer Breeze tournament on August 2-3, in Long Beach, NY, co-sponsored by Spalding.  This tournament will be the largest beach volleyball tournament on Long Island this year with the largest prize purse. Continue reading

Social Bicycles: Bike Sharing in Long Beach Update

socialbicycleslongbeachWord on the boardwalk (the SoBi tent off LB Road) says that Social Bicycles (SoBi) will have 40 bikes in Long Beach by this fall with hopefully around 140 by next summer. The holdup? The bikes are currently being made in China. The electronics will installed here in the USA after they arrive.

The bikes are pretty high tech with a solar panel, computer and bike lock. The one on display doesn’t have lights installed, but I was told that they will be present and will turn on when needed.

There will be some bike kiosks on the boardwalk, but these bikes can be locked at any bike rack around town. More on how all that works will come later. In the meantime, go over to their tent every Sunday on the boardwalk off Long Beach Road and check out their bikes.

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RUMOR ALERT: Two more giant buildings coming to LB? [UPDATED]

City Councilmen Anthony Eramo kindly took his time to update us on this property:

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Hey guys – just saw this. This property has been in litigation for decades. We just brought in outside counsel to deal with it. Though we can’t comment on details of the case, I can assure you that absolutely no members of the city council or administration support a project of this magnitude.


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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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