Category Archives: Shopping

Scoundrels by the Sea: Buy it used for $149!!! [Perhaps I’ll write Part II]

UPDATE: MORE COPIES ARE AVAILABLE!!

Get yer copy of Scoundrels by the Sea by Paul Jackson,  before it’s too late! [LINK]. Prices on Amazon are between $149 to $599!!!!!!!!! Here is the book description from Amazon:

“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.

Summer 2017 Beach Concession Map. Looks good, but still no pizza delivery drones.

From: Long Beach, NY. Click on Image for a larger view.

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. 

Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market‎ – Opening Day is Saturday, May 6th!

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

T-shirts for sale (free advertisement for The Bear, who’s the artist)

A reader asks:

“A while back I saw something about these City By The Sea t-shirts on your website, but I don’t recall any of the details.  Do you have any idea where I can purchase two of these shirts?”

Yep! They are being sold at Healing Oasis, 252 East Park Avenue, near the Country boy bakery. Phone 516-431-5400.  $18 or
two for $30.
[These aren’t my t-shirts for the blog. I wanted to make that clear. They were created by an artist who goes by the name The Bear, who is part of the LB DOMS]

Get yer reusable bags ready. Carryout Bag Ordinance will be effective on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Get yer reusable bags ready.  Long Beach business owners have just been notified by our city of the new Carryout Bag Ordinance. I know it’s not a popular topic for many, but I’m personally a fan. There is just way too much garbage flying around in our streets, sticking to trees and clogging up drains.

We have time. This new ordinance doesn’t go into effect until April 22nd, which is Earth Day. The real question is: Will it be enforced? Only time will tell.  Don’t worry, though. You’ll still be able to get your precious petroleum bags from whomever stills offers them. It’s just going to cost you some pennies.

I cropped the original letter to appear larger on the blog.

Ooh la la LB : Shop Local Holiday Night 12/17, 3-7PM

The holidays are approaching super quick and we wanted to get our customers into the holiday spirit so we are hosting a holiday event on Saturday, December 17th from 3-7 PM and our neighboring stores will be serving sweets and promoting our event as well. We will have a pink Santa to take pictures with, hot cocoa, baked goods, promos, sales and more!

Ooh la la LB
134 E Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
oohlalaboutiques.com
(516) 431-4070

The Best Holiday Gift for any Parent: Brannock Junior Foot Measuring Device

Brannock Junior Foot Measuring Device: The Best Holiday Gift for any Parent

Click photo to go to the Amazon page

Yes. This is not exactly Long Beach-related and definitely not about shopping locally, but I just bought one of these devices and you should too. If you’re a parent of a toddler or infant, there is really nothing else for me to say here.  You know the pain and agony it takes to get your kid’s feet measured. This expense is totally worth it. The one pictured above measures from infant size (US) 0 to childs (US) size 5. Will measure most children up to the age of 10! [LINK]