Macy Gray, Rob Base of “It takes two to make a thing go right” fame, plus more coming to Pride on the Beach [June 21-23rd in Long Beach]

Pride on the Beach kicks off in Long Beach on June 21st. Along with great music acts like Macy Gray and Rob Base, there will also be a Parade, Pride Fair & Amusement Rides, Taste of the Beach and more!

For the full Pride on the Beach event listing, please visit: https://prideonthebeach.org/event-calendar/

Iconic Former-Bank in Freeport that is steps away from LIRR to be razed for car dealership. [Not Long Beach-lated, but this represents everything that is wrong with Long Island.]

I apologize for this post since it’s not Long Beach-related, but Long Beach can and should learn from this:

The iconic Art Deco former-bank that sits across the street from the Freeport LIRR will be razed to make room for a f***ing car dealership. Now I don’t know anything about the state of that building, whether it could have been repurposed or whatever. It’s just a missed opportunely for something that could have been great for Freeport and the south shore of Nassau County.

This is the perfect example of what is wrong with Long Island: Let’s destroy history and make way for development that doesn’t make any sense.

There is nothing smart about this development. Freeport is now dead in the water when it comes to revitalization. I do see some apartments going up, but they are nowhere near the LIRR where they should be. Does Freeport even realize that when the east side access happens, any NEW apartment building near the LIRR would immediately become desirable? Mineola gets it. So does Westbury and Farmingdale. Freeport? Naaaahh. Long Beach? hmm.. that is complicated.

History in exchange for terrible development is a Long Island tradition. Long Beach made this mistake already in the 1980s when they created that stupid Stop&Shop center handcuffed to an even more stupid 99 year lease. Ugh.. anyway, our City has no money to buy out that lease. We are broke. But if and when the opportunely comes knocking, I feel that some sort of smarter development would make so much sense at that location. We have the train, the downtown, the beach – all walking distance. I could see some sort of reasonable mixed use at that center. And by mixed use, I am not talking about a car dealership with nail salons…..

UPDATE: Gentle Brew closed down by the New York State Taxation Authority. I am hearing the owners are working on bringing it back.

YIKES! My home away from home! The place that supplies my daily coffee was shut down today by the New York State Taxation Authority. I am hearing that the owners are working on bringing it back. I will post any update I get regarding this. But for now, I am absolutely lost without my Gentle Brew coffee….

This photo was taken from the boardwalk location, but the main Park Avenue location has the same sign – for those who are wondering.

UPDATE: New York State Taxation Authority, not the IRS as previously mentioned.

I.FLY Trapeze is back at the beach!

I.FLY Trapeze will be back at the beach beginning this Saturday, Sunday and Monday or Memorial Day Weekend. Kids as you as 4 and adults of any age can learn to fly.

The first Flying Trapeze and Aerial Arts Spectacular of the season is May 26, at 7:30pm, at Eisenhower Park. Completely free, bring a folding chair or blanket and enjoy the show. First Show in Long Beach is June 22nd, 8pm for PRIDE.

Check out iflytrapeze.com to learn more.