Category Archives: Opinions

Hey City of Long Beach: Bring us bike lanes! [NYC and the rest of the country are doing it]

From Long Island Streets:

“ICYMI, Pacific Boulevard is the next to be gutted and the city will not introduce bike lanes despite the high traffic of families and children as Pacific is home to one of the city’s most popular playgrounds, concession and beach area, well traveled by people going to school, and the Complete Streets legislation adopted July 2013.

To date we have had zero adherence to Complete Streets policy despite multiple large scale road reconstruction projects.”

So this entire Complete Streets initiative our City of Long Beach adopted is complete bullshit? If true, this is why the Rockaways are winning and Long Beach is failing. I was recently in Seattle and couldn’t believe how much that city has embraced bikes. More riding brings down traffic, the need for parking spaces (which we lack) and also there are obvious health benefits and helps us to be more engaged with our community. Long Beach, NY appears to be a backwards community that would rather appeal to giant pickup trucks that go through stop signs, I guess.

How can we stop this Pacific Blvd plan?

(The following guideline is complete bullshit, according to the City of Long Beach who adopted it.) 

For those keeping score, the Barefoot Bocce Semi-Finals have started

The Barefoot Bocce semifinals which began last night, continue tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday. Cheer on your favorite team over at the bayside by the boat launch ramp and skateboard park.

Please visit: barefootbocce.com. It’s worth a look to at least read the hilarious names of some of these teams. Being a junior member of the LB DOMS, I have no choice, but to root for them. Especially since they have uniforms. 

Some video of the Army Corps of Engineers dune project

The Army Corps of Engineers dune project and beach replenishment. We all know how inconvenient this project is… blah blah blah, but it’s a do-or-die situation. We either do it now or we die. Those of us who went through Hurricane Sandy back in 2012 know just how important this undertaking is for Long Beach future (see – Long Beach Future).

So I haven’t posted since the circumcision army took over Park Avenue back in July. I was kinda wondering how long I can go with that as the top post, but then took video of the Army Crops in action and had to share it.

Watch the two videos posted below. There is not much to explain here. They are replenishing the beach with sand that is being dredged out in the ocean. These videos were taken over at Neptune Blvd. The Army Corps are moving fast, so what you see here four days ago is already completely different today.  Also, as far as the sludgy sand quality is concerned, don’t worry. It will clean itself out. Everything is going to be ok.

Despite all the negative, here is a positive [about Long Beach]

I love Long Beach. That’s why I blog about it. I wouldn’t write a blog about elephant dung or Trump because I don’t like those things. I like Long Beach. Well anyway, here is a positive article from the New York Times letting NYC folks know about our great City by the Sea. Lots of great local businesses are mentioned. Check it out:

New York Times: Hop on the Train to Long Beach for a Summer Escape From New York City

 

Reader Mailbag: “My love for Long Beach is dying out.” [hey, I still have hope]

I received the following from a former Long Beach resident who changed plans on moving back due to the current nature of our city:

“I am planning on purchasing a home this Fall… and I was planning on coming back to Long Beach…. I have to be honest, with the raise in taxes, politicians lining their pockets with that tax money, and the whole upheaval of the government officials for Long Beach, I will no longer be purchasing that home in Long Beach! LB would be better off going under the town of Hempstead! My love for Long Beach is dying out….. Can you fix that?   – Patty

This feeds into my fear how Long Beach is on the path of losing full-time residents in exchange for summer renters [see what’s happening in Montauk]. Despite my constant ‘bad news’ posts, I still believe this City by the Sea is one of the best places to live in this area. We have the beach, the boardwalk, an ever growing crop of amazing food places popping up, plus our amazing community. Yes, times are tough, but we are going to get past all this. 2019 just cannot come soon enough…..

New Transportation Map was quietly updated on Monday [scratching my head as I write this]

The Open Air Trolley. The other day I blogged about the route confusion. I’m still confused by what’s going on here. SEE MY POST: PSA: THE OPEN AIR TROLLEY ROUTE IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

Long Beach just cannot get their s*** together. I’m glad we have Allison of Long Beach Streets because she is really on top of this. The following was sent by Allison to City Council earlier this week:

“The new map that quietly replaced the old map on Monday morning shows no Shoppers Special. To be clear here, the Summer Trolley and the Shoppers Special routes have been cancelled, with no notice on the city website or to residents who have been stranded curbside. The West End loop on weekends is free for daily / seasonal beach pass holders – despite the West End beaches being occupied by the ACOE pumping sand. 

And none of you knew about this? Come on now. 

This City Council approved a budget that double the size of the DOT while cutting bus services in half. Will you ever hold the Deputy City Manager / Head of Transit Michael Robinson accountable?    – Allison Blanchette of Long Island Streets. “

I knew it! [Open Air Trolley]

Here is an update to my last post:  PSA: THE OPEN AIR TROLLEY ROUTE IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

It’s crazy how long I’ve been blogging trolley problems. If the new route looped Maple Blvd/Park to Nevada/Beech, I would totally be fine with that. Just make it a business route. You hop on. You hop off.  Make it reliable and call it a day. Advertise at the LIRR and you’ll get some of the train folks to spend money in the West End. Isn’t that the ultimate goal here?   [I WISH I got paid for this…… ]  

PSA: The Open Air Trolley route is not what you think

Both days last weekend my family, out of town friends and I waited in the East End for the open air trolley. We had suitcases full of money, eager to spend it all in the West End. All of it. Like billions of dollars pouring out of our suitcases. The trolley never came. We were sad.

Both of those days I kept asking my LB friends on facebook for  trolley updates, if they saw it, etc. All the info was confusing – none  coincided with the two trolley routes I found on the official Long Beach website, including one that hasn’t been updated since 2014 [link].

Well today it’s all been figured out.  Allison of Long Island Streets managed to find the trolley, took it for a ride and confirmed everything: The Trolley is only looping between the bus station on Park to Nevada in the West End.  So there you go. If you live in the East End, no trolley for you. No spending those East End suitcases full of money at those West End restaurants and stores. 

Residents are NOT happy about the next ‘rumored’ City Manager. This city is going to the shits. [OPINION]

July 3rd Rally at City Hall. Photo by me.

There is a rumor about the next City Manager and residents are pissed. Just go on Long Beach social media and you’ll see what I’m talking about…. I am not going to say who this rumored-person is, but it’s not the independent City Manger residents rallied for last week. I am so f***ing disappointment by the politically connected hacks running this city.

We have questionable separation payouts with two bonds to cover them, employees who got full time wages, but were believed to be part time. WTF is happening here? And how many times can iStar sue us? It’s two lawsuits so far. Will they go for a hat trick? Nobody is even talking about the other lawsuits our city got us into. Haberman, anyone?

City Councilmen John Bendo said at the rally last week, some folks are using this city as a personal piggy bank. This is very alarming. We have broken benches on the boardwalk that look like shit. Do you think we have money to fix them? No. Shitty roads all over Long Beach. The City of Long Beach looks like absolute shit, but as long as the incompetent friends and families of those in power get on the payroll, things should be ok, right?

“We welcome the FBI because everyone seems to be doing a cover-up.”  – County legislator Denise Ford at the Rally last Tuesday, July 3rd.

She is absolutely right. Call the FBI because the Nassau DA and NYS Comptroller aren’t going to do anything. They are all connected.  This city is so f***ed the way it’s being run, and that includes the MAJOR mess that Jack Schnirman left us. All those mailers we got in 2017 telling us how great our city finances were was a complete lie. Anissa Moore and John Bendo are the only people who actually care about what’s going on around here.  Trust me when I say that. And we will remember this next election. I plan on organizing with all social media groups to change the powers that be. It’s going to work.

For those who missed the rally, I posted a video of it on youtube: Rally at Long Beach, NY City Hall – July 3rd, 2018

FILED UNDER: OPINIONS & RUMORS.

In blog news: I received a ton of email the past 2 months. I’ll get back to you! The current state of affairs in Long Beach has not been fun at all, so this blog just makes me depressed posting these types of articles.

July 3rd Rally at City Hall. Photo by me.

 

 

Our Gutsy Zoning Board made the right decision. Foundation permit for the superblock is now expired.

Kudos to the Long Beach Zoning Board for having the guts to deny iStar Financial an extension, rendering their superblock foundation permit invalid. iStar recently tried to pull a fast one by pretending work was underway the other day, but it was a little too late (sorry, pals.) Now work has stopped and iStar plans on following through with their lawsuit for $100 million against our city.

In 2014 at The Park Sports bar & Grill (now called The Junction) residents were told by executive vice president of iStar Karl Frey how the project was shovel ready, only to find out a year later about the tax abatement request of $120 million for 20 years. I personally know many residents who claim they were lied to and changed their mind on development once they heard about the tax abatement. iStar is also claiming how the Nassau IDA would have given them the abatement if Long Beach wrote a letter of support. If that’s an official claim, then they must prove that in court. Who led them on? Who in the Nassau IDA told them they were waiting for our blessing?

The bottom line is this: iStar should have been honest upfront with us residents and told us from the beginning how they were seeking the tax breaks. It’s their fault that we’re in this situation and now we have to pay for their greediness.

In the meantime, iStar shareholders should sell their stock. Who would want to own a greedy company that’s in the business of destroying communities? Especially a community that was hit hard with Superstorm Sandy and still trying to get back to normal.