‘Scoundrels by the Sea’ is back in print with the 3rd printing. Copies are now available at Amazon. Copies will be available at the L.B. Historical Society this week, but they’re not open every day during the summer.”
A reader named Chris sent in the following:
“Hey Anthony, I haven’t seen any posts on this place yet. I ate here when I first moved to LB about 12 yrs ago and it’s been vacant ever since. Island Thyme….South East corner of Beech and New York Ave”
UPDATE: MORE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE!!
“I love what you said about my book ‘Scoundrels by the Sea.’ It sounded so good that I’m going back to press! You are right — people shouldn’t have to pay $149 for a copy of the book. I’ll let you know when copies are available.”
Yay! Great news for people like me who haven’t been able to read the book yet. I’ll post an update when the new pressings are available. For a backstory, please see my first post: SCOUNDRELS BY THE SEA: BUY IT USED FOR $149!!! [PERHAPS I’LL WRITE PART II].
The Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society
226 West Penn Street, Long Beach NY 11561
UPDATE: MORE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE!!
“Scoundrels by the Sea looks at the shady side of Long Beach, NY. It traces the extraordinary life of Senator William H. Reynolds, the Brooklyn builder and politician who turned the desolate sandbar on Long Island into a thriving city — a career marred by indictments for dishonest real estate dealings with New York City and for misusing city funds while mayor of Long Beach. The book dscribes a rogues’ gallery of Long Beach scoundrels: Phil Kohut, the Democratic leader who pocketed $23,500 in graft when the city purchased parking meters . . . Jerry Glucksman, the New York Assistant Attorney General in charge of fraud who was sent to the slammer for his own fraud . . . William Cahn, the Nassau County District Attorney, who was jailed for double-billing on his travel expenses . . . Joe Carlino, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, who pushed a $100 million fallout shelter bill through the Legislature while serving on the board of directors of the largest fallout shelter manufacturer in the country . . . the bootleggers during Prohibition who operated with impunity in Long Beach — and with immunity from the local cops . . . the Long Beach cop who killed the Long Beach mayor . . . Jimmy Hines, the corrupt Tammany leader who lived for a quarter of a century in Long Beach (except for a four-year stretch in Sing Sing) . . . Doc Hirshberg who operated his own little Ponzi scheme at the same time he was fund-raising for the new Long Beach Hospital . . . and Larry Knohl, the convicted embezzler who lived beyond his liens. Their stories (and others) are told against a rich background of the city’s history. Some of these stories tell why Long Beach was the only municipality in America omitted from the 1920 U.S. census; why William Randolph Hearst took sides in the 1922 Long Beach election; why the charter for the City of New York was written in Long Beach; why the death of Starr Faithfull remains the biggest mystery in the annals of Long Beach; why the proposed Long Beach pier jutting out into the ocean was never built; why Long Beach in the 1930s wanted Robert Moses or Nassau County to take over the dilapidated boardwalk; and why the Chrysler Building was originally planned to be named the Reynolds Building. Paul Jackson writes about such names and places as the dancers Vernon and Irene Castle; Prohibition agents Izzy and Moe; August Heckscher, who once attempted to buy all of Lido Beach; and beautiful model Audrey Munson, the subject of a Long Beach romantic triangle, whose likeness appears on some two dozen statues and buildings in Manhattan.”
Holy cow, that sounds juicy! Has anybody read this book? I missed my chance of buying a copy at a decent price, so I hope a newer edition is in the works.
On a side note: I swear I might have enough information for a Part II. I often think of writing a book about my experience of blogging about this city by the sea since 2008. One day I think I will. It would not only appeal to Long Beach folks, but also to those interested in the blogging medium in general. Oh yes it’ll be juicy. So juicy you’ll have to wear a bib when you read it.
Today’s blog is brought to you by the word: Juicy.
Acai Bowls & Beyond: Long Island Superbowls is coming to Long Beach at 250 W. Park Avenue (old Zamboni location). They should be open within the next week or even sooner. One of the owners is a local Long Beach resident and they’re very excited to bring delicious Acai Bowls to our city by the sea!
I’m trying to figure out what’s new. Bagel truck? I don’t remember that last year. Wasn’t the Taco Tuesday truck and the Corazon de Cuba truck one and the same? Beach Local Cafe now has ice cream and I hear it’s delicious. Skudin Surf sells food concessions now? (Just kidding). Snowie Long Island sounds new, although my memory is terrible. Don’t forget we have restaurants on Park Avenue and W. Beech Street as well!! Everything looks set, but still no Pizza delivery drones… That’s a bummer.
Join us on the Kennedy Plaza for one of Long Island’s favorite outdoor Farmers’ Markets. Our Opening Day will kick off with Long Island Food Vendors, kids crafts, and Live Music! Join LI Greenmarket in the city of Long Beach for the start of a wonderful Summer season and new Farmers Market on the South Shore of Long Island. Market is open at 9am to 2pm.
Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market
1 W Chester Street
Long Beach, New York 11561