Category Archives: Opinions

Abandoned Bike in front of vacant-Citibank celebrating a possible 2-year anniversary. Plus, a copycat has emerged.

I took this photo on June 20th, 2016. Posted it in this article, where I wrote:

“By the way, the broken bike in the lower left hand corner has been there since last summer. “

That was last summer from last summer. So two years? Time for cake!

Yesterday on the one year anniversary of that photo, I took another! (Yes, I am crazy).  I am pleased to say GT is looking pretty well. No place to sit, but he still has a nice set of cranks.


A copycat has emerged. Just across the street is this blue beauty. Camouflaged amongst the blue bars of the bike rack we have TREK. It’s been there for at least 4 months. I shall follow its path with great interest.

HEY, I just realized something. GT (possibly named George Takei) and TREK. Anybody see where I am going with this?  In other news, Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul is available at the Franklin Blvd free library on the boardwalk.

Wooden boards. I’m liking this new store facade that’s been popping up around town.

I guess it started with Pier 1 Imports, then Bikram Yoga did the same when they moved. Now a new hair salon on Park is doing it as well as LB Social. I am talking about wooden boards being used for the facade and signage (see photos below). I really like it. Probably because it reminds me of the boardwalk or perhaps it seems kinda beachy. And ya know, we kinda live by the beach, so it just makes sense to me at least for our downtown to have some sort of beachy motif. Right? Or am I nuts to think that way? I personally dislike canopy signs because they always end up looking so dirty and junky over time. What do you folks think? Am I alone with this? I would love it if other stores follow!

Broken Windows epidemic? This time it’s sidewalk graffiti [Reader Submitted]

Sent in by a Sea Urchin:

“These pictures of the vandalized sidewalks in  front of 250 and 252 East. Park Avenue were taken today [JUNE 13th]. The scratched out area was profanity beginning with the “F” word. National grid had to open the sidewalks for the purpose of repairing o the gas service. When they finished the repair,  they covered it with black top, and then just yesterday, replaced the black top with brand-new cement. Each slab is at least 10 x 5 feet.

Hopefully, the police detectives know who these lowlifes are, and will arrest them for defacing public property, and in the case of the shoe print, creating a potential trip hazard. In the meantime, National Grid should  repair the sidewalks, and this time protect them until the cement is hardened.

An Abandoned truck at Stop & Shop brings garbage, drinking parties and some head scratching [Broken Windows theory]

The Broken Windows theory is being tested at Stop & Shop where and abandoned truck has taken residence and became a hot spot for parties and garbage. This matter was brought to me several weeks ago by a reader named Richard:

“This truck with no plates and expired 2014 registration and NC PBA 2010 member sticker is now an official garbage collector. It’s been sitting in the Stop and Shop parking lot adjacent to the sidewalk next to the Capital One Bank sign.”


This morning I received the following text:

“I rode past the abandoned truck in Stop & Shop. The drinking party was happening this morning, brown bags and milk crates as well as hanging out. I’m surprised Stop & Shop is allowing this to happen on their property” 

This property is owned by our city, but not managed by them. Stop & Shop should take care of this, so it’s puzzling they aren’t. I am told that the city was notified on several occasions, so it makes you wonder what the communication is between LB and the managing company. Either case, I am just bringing this up as a pure example of the Broken Windows Theory.

The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm-setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments to prevent small crimes such as vandalism, public drinking, and toll-jumping helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening. [LINK]

NEWSDAY: Long Beach Democrats divided over city council candidates

As always, please head over to Newsday for the full article:

The city’s Democratic Party is split between the new group and the original Independent Democratic Party, which has aligned with [Jay] Jacobs and Nassau County Democrats.

Jacobs said he is not supporting any of the new candidates and is instead using the Nassau County Democratic Committee’s campaign resources for a ticket led by Long Beach City Council members Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond. He has not committed to a third candidate to replace City Council President Len Torres, who is not seeking re-election. [LINK]

That’s odd. I was told yesterday after I posted my first Election Bracket change how there’s only group of democrat candidates and there will be no primary whatsoever. That’s not what I’m reading in NEWDAY this morning. The whole thing is a mess. Is it about power? You betcha! Is it about Nassau County wanting control over Long Beach?

“This has to be about what’s good for Long Beach.” [LINK]

What’s good for Long Beach or Nassau County? Of course, this is just an opinionated blog. I’m so curious to see how many more changes we will see on this bracket before November comes.