NY TIMES: “Long Beach, N.Y., with a year-round population of 33,000, has also been refreshing its downtown near the train station over the last couple of decades. The city has provided incentives to spruce up signage and facades, remodeled pavements and crosswalks, and provided more parking. A smorgasbord of ethnic restaurants flowered on Park Avenue, the main street.
Not sure what Park Avenue smorgasbord of ethnic restaurants they are talking about. We are doing ok, but could do better in that department, but check out the NY Times article on Long Island communities efforts to keep the young adults from moving away: Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay.
“A recent report on the suburb-dotted New York counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk, based on United States census data, found that those young people seem to be lingering longer in New York City, sometimes forsaking suburban life entirely.
Demographers and politicians are scratching their heads over the change and have come up with conflicting theories. And some suburban towns are trying to make themselves more alluring to young residents, building apartment complexes, concert venues, bicycle lanes and more exotic restaurants.
I have mentioned this point of view countless times before, the last being just a few days ago with Patchogue. Young Adults are primarily moving away from Long Island because of the lifestyle. Yes, affordable housing is an issue, but the younger generation, for the most part, wants walkable communities with arts, culture and a sense of being. Read the full article here: Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay. Thank you Michael for the link!
Looks like the parking mall located on Park Avenue between Roosevelt and Neptune Boulevard will be going through a much needed upgrade, with Nassau County money btw since they own those malls. Well, I’m going to miss the lake that occurs at the Neptune lot, but what can you do… The City press release also includes the wording for a crosswalk & Complete Streets, so I am very excited to see how this all pans out.
From the City of Long Beach Facebook page:
East End Parking Mall To Receive Massive Upgrade
Traffic Safety Concerns To Be Addressed with Additional Traffic Light and Crosswalk to Help Support Local Businesses
Long Beach, NY – The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting bids on Thursday, April 18 for reconstruction of the parking mall located on Park Avenue between Roosevelt and Neptune Boulevard. Along with the resurfaced lot, this project will include the addition of a traffic light and a more walkable crosswalk to address safety concerns and help support local business. The project is a step toward the Complete Streets policy that the City Council authorized the adoption of last year. Complete Streets are safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel for everyone, regardless of age or ability – motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders. Continue reading
“I think now is the time for bigger-scope projects to move forward,” City Manager Jack Schnirman said, referring to Rebuild by Design, a competition initiated by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and aimed at protecting the South Shore from a Category 2 hurricane.
Read more of this awesomeness at the Long Beach Herald: Rebuild by Design project would begin in Long Beach
I am very excited and really hope this comes to fruition here in Long Beach. This is real forward thinking. I am sure you will all agree how important bay protection is for Long Beach. This would be major step in doing just that. Plus, it’s also a beautification plan as well. Although dated, this old post might help you remember how terrible that section of Long Beach really is: THE FORBIDDEN ZONE OF LONG BEACH: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY.
Read more about Rebuild By Design here: www.rebuildbydesign.org
For the times they are a-changin’
Newsday is running an article on the amazing revitalization of Patchogue village, a once beaten down and vacant downtown (read -Patchogue Village sees dramatic gains in development a decade after Swezey’s closed).
I haven’t been to Patchogue in a couple years, but was able to see something exciting happening when I was there. Something, I wish would happen right here in Long Beach. I am glad to read how all these revitalization efforts in Patchogue are working, but all this comes with some courage:
“Patchogue has always survived because it adapted to things,” Pontieri said. “This community was ready for leadership that wasn’t afraid of change.”
Growth, change and support from those who live there and run the damn place; that’s what is doing it. The concept of the suburb are dying. Unfortunately many in Nassau County just don’t get it, as I see gated communities going up all over Garden City and elsewhere on Long Island. All these bring traffic. Shopping centers disconnect communities and bring more traffic. None of these new developments are walkable or allow you to ride a bike even if you wanted to. Do you know that new gated community where Roosevelt Racetrack once was is right across the street from a movie theater, restaurants and stores? It’s terrible how it was developed. Those who live there have no choice, but to get in their cars to get anywhere. Unless they want to jump over a wall. Doesn’t anybody want fresh air or exercise anymore? Many people, especially the younger generation, do not want this type of closed-off lifestyle anymore. They feel disconnected. That is why areas such as Brooklyn and even upstate like the Hudson Valley are embracing the concept of the downtown. We need to change, otherwise Long Island is going to be the following: A place for rich people with pockets of poor who serve the rich people. Large shopping centers, traffic, parking woes, no more culture, chain restaurants, no more sense of community or sense of being is not where I would want to live.
[WALDBAUMS, I AM LOOKING AT YOU!!]
Not that we have it so bad here in Long Beach, but both our downtowns could use a tremendous facelift and revitalization. I love the idea of bringing a place to belong to an area. This attracts art, culture, amazing businesses, people and $$$. Right now, a quick walk around our downtowns, particularly on Park Avenue, is a scary one at night. It just seems so dead and desolate.
“You can’t have an economy that stagnates. You can’t have an economy that has no growth,” said Suffolk County Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), a village resident who maintains his district office there. ” . . . Otherwise, what happens is you lose your young people and your workforce. What we’ve done here in Patchogue is we’ve found a new growth model that works.
And look, they even had a failing theater, which now revitalized and better than ever:
[Patchogue Mayor Paul V.] Pontieri said the arts are a key component of Patchogue’s turnaround. Venues such as Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts attract customers who patronize village restaurants and shops, he said.
The village-owned theater opened in 1998 after a $3.35 million renovation of the old Patchogue Theater, which had closed a decade earlier. It now attracts about 150,000 people a year to live shows and concerts, “putting a tremendous number of people on Main Street,” Pontieri said.
I refuse to read the comments on Newsday relating to the article because I am sure most of them are from people who fear change, still think Red Hook Brooklyn is a ghetto and big box stores are the future. These people need to wake up and smell the coffee, for the times they are a -changin.
For me personally, I would love for our downtowns to be redeveloped this way: Walkable, sustainable and alive. Check the full article at Newsday: Patchogue Village sees dramatic gains in development a decade after Swezey’s closed.
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AUCTION DATE AND TIME: APRIL 29th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (EST):
I can never follow this story straight because everything I read is so conflicting. But, if you head over to GOOGLE and search for CASE NO. 14-70597, You will find all sorts of crazy stuff! Below are a bunch of links, plus a horrible image which states an auction date for April 29th. What does this all mean??
I found these news articles, (it is over one month old), that maybe your reader’s might find of interest. - Patrick
You want us to take even less than we are owed?
The second article below is from October of 2013, which notes that since LBMC has closed, SNCH has returned to profitability. This leads me to question their true purpose for assuming control of the hospital, the altruistic part of me hopes it is to provide LB with outstanding medical care, sort of like when I go into a bar and hope the first 3 beers are on the house. In reality both the publican and the hospital are businesses and need income to survive. Giving me the first 3 for free is not going to make his bar profitable and (in my opinion) SNCH reopening LBMC as a full service hospital is not going to make LBMC profitable and might (read probably) remove SNCH from profitability. So perhaps everyone needs to think what the real purpose for their interest is and are they the best dance partner that can be found.
Long Beach Creditors Protest
The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Long Beach Medical Center’s bankruptcy case isn’t happy with the planned sale to South Nassau Communities Hospital. The committee’s proposed law firm, Klestadt & Winters, is scheduled to present arguments in court today on behalf of the members: ChemRx, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services and 1199 SEIU. The committee raises the issue of whether a sale to SNCH that was engineered by the state Department of Health and DASNY is the best financial outcome for creditors. It suggests that the deal wasn’t aggressively marketed because no broker or investment banker was hired to shop LBMC’s assets; only a few letters were sent to other hospital systems that amounted to “a plea for financial assistance,” according to court documents, online here. The unsecured creditors also said no effort was made to market the hospital’s affiliated nursing home to private nursing home operators, at a possible price even higher than the $21 million purchase price for LBMC. The unsecured creditors also questioned the blazing pace of the sale, with a suggested approval order by April 20. The pace “seems unreasonable to the committee and potentially designed to avoid meaningful competition for [LBMC's] assets.” The creditors want to extend the process by three weeks so that the nursing home can be marketed separately.
Profitability returns to South Nassau Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital gained market share from the closures of Long Beach Medical Center and Peninsula hospital, according to a new Fitch Ratings report that affirmed a BBB+ rating on about $91 million of the hospital’s bonds. The closures were a key factor in the hospital’s $3.1 million operating gain—equal to a 1.5% operating margin—in the first half of the year, up from a $4.1 million operating loss on $392.6 million in total revenue in 2012.
South Nassau benefited from a “relatively steady utilization,” said Fitch. Inpatient admissions in Nassau County were down 5% in 2012 even before Sandy hit, and fell 5.3% in the full year including the effects of the storm. But the hospital’s inpatient volume fell only by 2% last year. It gained inpatient and emergency department volume from the two closures: an average increase of 120 admissions and 275 ED visits a month from the Long Beach area.
The hospital’s market share in its service area rose to 15.4% in 2012 from 10.2% in 1997. During that same period, New York City hospitals’ share declined to 14.3% from 20.5%.
Sandy damaged South Nassau’s outpatient dialysis center, generating a $1 million revenue loss during its two-month closure. Total losses related to Sandy were about $4 million. The hospital is on target to cut $1.9 million in expenses by the end of the year. The hospital, with 435 licensed beds (364 of them in operation) is located in Oceanside, on the south shore of Long Island. South Nassau just announced it will operate an ambulatory and urgent care facility on the site of its proposed merger partner, Long Beach Medical Center.
We have an exciting week coming up at The Long Beach Recreation Department as our Winter basketball season is coming to a close with playoff games coming down to the wire. I would like to congratulate all of the players who participated this year on an outstanding season. A big thank you to all of the volunteer coaches who donated their time to this program and mentoring the youth of Long Beach. Check our website for final standings. Continue reading