Quiksilver Pro Concert Schedule Online (Surfpocalypse Gets a Soundtrack)

Quiksilver today posted a tentative, subject to change, schedule for the Live Site.  I’ve copied the schedule below directly from the press release and have thrown in some links if you’re unfamiliar with particular artists.

All and all, the Surfpocalypse Live Site looks like a fun mix of bands that most should be able to find at least one to like.  Oh yea, and did I mention it is completely free?  Really, who wouldn’t enjoy Badfish – a great Sublime tribute band.  I’m actually most excited by the band Wavves playing.  Described as a “lo-fi/punk pop noise band,” they released a gem of an album last year called “King of the Beach.”  And for those who were at Jones Beach last week, The Flaming Lips are back.

The press release also includes info on some of the celebs coming down, and includes info on the demos planned in the live site as well.  After the summer X-Games have come and gone (and I often forgot to set my DVR), it will be pretty neat to see this stuff live.  Whether you’re a fan of skating/bmx/motox or not, watching their physical feats in person is none-the-less impressive.

The kickoff weekend, (starting on the 3rd) will include XTREME sports personalities and celebrities as: “Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Omar Hassan, Christian Hosoi, Danny Way, Travis Pastrana, Andrè Villa, Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison, Rob Dyrdek, Stephanie Gilmore, Travis Rice, Torah Bright, Lisa Andersen and Sally Fitzgibbons.  It will be interesting to see how Travis Pastrana is limping around – and certainly not Nitro Circusing – after his spectacular crash on Thursday night.

Concert Schedule follows, notice that there are no events listed after the 10th, though the competition goes through the 15th.

 Saturday 9/3

Girl Talk

Saves The Day

Mat Mchugh/The Beautiful Girls Solo & Acoustic


…and a special surprise performance!!

Sunday, 9/4


Portugal. The Man

The Ettes

The English Beat

Bigger Thomas

Monday, 9/5 (Labor Day)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Civil Twilight


The Wicked Tomorrow


Tuesday, 9/6

Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime

Flight’s Kool


Wednesday, 9/7

The Benjamins

Temporary Grace

Mike Krum

Thursday, 9/8

State Radio


River City Extension

Andy Suzuki & the Method


Friday, 9/9

The Flaming Lips


Neon Indian


Charlotte O’Connor

Saturday, 9/10

Benefit Concert Hosted By Kelly Slater & Friends + The Max Weinberg Experience

Taking Back Sunday

The Sounds


I’m still most interested by the 9/11 benefit concert (to be held on the 10th) hosted by Kelly Slater that remains shrouded in mystery, but heavily hyped.  One detail is now revealed though, Slater will have the Max Weinberg Experience – the drummer for Bruce and the E Street Band on stage.  Is Bruce coming to town?  I could only dream.

And the sports demos: note that the Tony Hawk Vert Jam will be in NYC, not Long Beach.  This continues to support the concept that its the Quiksilver Pro New York, not the Quiksilver Pro Long Beach, and events will take place as much in Manhattan as here.

Quiksilver Presents The Tony Hawk Vert Jam

Friday 9/2

Massive half-pipe demo at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 in New York City at 2:00 pm.

Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab, Jesse Fritsch, Mitchie Brusco, Sandro Dias, Neal Hendrix and Elliot Sloan

MotocrossDemos & Autograph Signings

Saturday, 9/3, Sunday, 9/4 & Monday, 9/5

DC Team Riders: Travis Pastrana, Andrè Villa, Nate Adams, Robbie Maddison

Skate Demos & Autograph Signings

Saturday, 9/3 & Monday, 9/5

Skate Team: Tony Hawk, Reese Forbes, Justin Brock, Omar Hassan, Christian Hosoi, Chris Cole, MikeyTaylor, Nick Dompierre, Colin McKay, Josh Kalis, Matt Miller, Wes Kremer, Davis Torgerson, Evan Smith, Felipe Gustavo, Marquise Henry and Rob Dyrdek

BMX Demos & Autograph Signings

Friday, 9/2 through Thursday, 9/8

BMX Team: Corey Bohan, Allan Cooke, Craig Mast, Anthony Napolitan, Edwin DeLarosa, Rob Wise, Jeremiah Smith

Alfredo Mancuso, Kelly Bolton, Brad Simms, Brett Banasiewicz, Ryan Jordan

The Dangers of Building on Quicksand (Allegria Land Bankrupt)

Breaking news for all the Allegria lovers and haters out there

And no, I’m not referring to this ridiculous video talking about the roof bar opening.

The company that owns the land under the hotel has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  I’m going to say this in upper case letters and bold to get the point across for all the rumor trolls.  THE ALLEGRIA IS NOT BANKRUPT OR IN FORECLOSURE.

What’s going on here is the Alrose Group, created a special entity called “Alrose King David” – which owns the land itself and they have filed for bankruptcy protection – a way to restructure debt and avoid foreclosure and all that other nasty stuff.

The hotel itself is owned by the Alrose Allegria LLC, and has not filed for anything, and is reportedly “on the upswing.”

You, like me may be asking “Hey, if these are both owned by Alrose, doesn’t that mean the one affects the other?”  I’d say the two cannot be separated, but I’m not going to get into the wonky financials here.  If you’re a whiz on these things, please feel free to comment.

The oompa-loompa-tinted Allen Rosenberg, president of Alrose Group is quoted by The Real Deal’s Adam Pincus as saying, “The bankruptcy filing “is against the real estate entity that owns the hotel; it has nothing to do with the hotel operations,”

The Real Deal article goes into some fun conjecture, heresy, and rumors about whether they are broke as a joke, or doing just fine, and I’ll let you read that over there.

Newsday’s James Berstein quotes Rosenberg as saying, “The [bankruptcy] filing is a necessary evil to get us through some restructuring. We hope to be out of bankruptcy as quickly as possible.” And went on to say that process could take from 90 days to two years.

Without a doubt this impending Chapter 11 filing was connected to the Allegria completely giving up on trying to get the abandoned lot next door.

So, finally, we have some concrete news one way or another about what’s going on at the controversial purple building.  I’ve got some emails out and will update if I have more info.  I’ll now step back and allow the comment war begin – I just ask that you keep it civil!

Pier 1 Imports is exporting. Let the speculation begin!

I just received a tip from a reader named Susan concerning the fate of Pier 1 Imports (214 E. Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY).  Susan writes:

on hearing that despite advertising a remodeling closing, pier one is just plain old closing.  Since I recall hearing that the owner of the movie theatre site is the same as that of the pier one site, do you think that the business that was to move into the theater space will instead be going into the pier one site?  heard anything to that effect?

Susan then followed up with this snippet:

Susan is right. That retail strip, which includes Pier 1 Imports, Chase Bank & The UPS Store, is owned by the same owner of Long Beach Cinemas – Philips International (w/ their big list of properties). It could be possible that the same tenant that originally wanted the theater space will be moving into the Pier 1 location.

So, let the speculation begin. I am going to take a pure guess and say it’s Panera Bread. I’m most likely wrong, but I’m not sure if any other large retail store would work in that location. So, if not retail, then food. Panera Bread needs a large space and would probably do well there. So don’t start the rumors that Panera is moving in. It’s a pure guess on my part.

Any other guesses?

(Thank You Susan!)

Does anybody know what’s being filmed at the Long Beach Catholic School?

A reader named Allan writes:

I saw trucks and movie trailers in the parking lot of the catholic school today… I was wondering if you knew what they were filming… A commercial? Or maybe a big name movie? Thanks


Well, I can’t answer that question, but I was hoping one of you could. This was at the Catholic school on New York Avenue and W. Broadway. I did a quick google search and the only thing I found was Royal Pains being filmed in Island Park @ Waterfront Blvd & @ The Long Island Exchange (antique store). Source: On Location Vacations.

Section 8 Housing on E. Pine Street being renovated. Is change coming?

Newsday is reporting that the “Pine Town Homes” @ 151 East Pine Street are going to be purchased soon and will be renovated. Newsday states that the total project cost is $26.6 million. That’s a lot of dough for Section 8 housing!  Will this renovation bring major change to the 100+ unit complex or will it continue to serve low-income residents?

The North Park area of Long Beach, where this complex resides, could go through a major transformation if the redeveloped bay front area ever breaks ground.  This plan has been referred to as the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).  I blogged about this back in 2008 and there hasn’t been any movement on this issue since then.  (see – The future of Long Beach being considered).

The redevelopment of the bayfront area located between Long Beach Boulevard and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Conceptual plans include: a 250-slip marina, “salt air” performing arts center / amphitheater, promenade, five mixed-use towers that would contain residential units, a marine science center, restaurants, A water taxi to Island Park.

Some locals refer to the North Park-area as a ghetto, while others see it as one of the last parts of Long Beach that’s still affordable. For that, it will be very interesting to see the outcome of the Pine Town House renovation.  As of now, it seems like the economy has been the only thing that slowed down the LWRP, but perhaps things are starting to pick up? We shall see….

Newsday Source : Nassau hands out millions for redevelopment

LWRP INFO: http://www.longbeachny.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={307741C4-483C-4C97-BED0-20FF147304D3}


The Allergria and the lot next door

Regarding Long Beach debt a bargain for Garden City-based developers.



Back in March I wrote a quick rumor about the Allegria on the brink of foreclosure. I just found an article that was written a few weeks after my post supporting that rumor. I’m confused by the article’s source, but it looks like the website it’s on redirects links from the Long Island Business News which is a legitimate source. From the article:

The Allegria Hotel next door could use the parcel (empty lot) for parking, since the hotel can’t get a permanent certificate of occupancy from the City of Long Beach until it secures enough onsite parking. But while Alrose Group, the hotel’s owner, is anxious to solve its parking problem, its first priority is trying to keep the Allegria out of foreclosure.

John Laliotis, owner of CTM Consulting Group in Wantagh, told LIBN he had been in talks to buy the $36 million note on the Allegria, held by Brooklyn Federal Savings Bank. But that deal didn’t come together, and Laliotis said the Alrose Group, which has defaulted on its hotel loan, will likely make a deal with Brooklyn Federal to retain ownership.

The Allegria PR department actually contacted me after I posted the rumor asking that I take it down, but you know what? I don’t make a dime on this blog so I just ignored their ‘warning’. The last thing I want is for that hotel to close. I don’t live near it, so I am not wrapped up in the parking frustrations that some residents suffer. But I do think the Allegria is an asset to our beautiful Long Beach. If you search though my blog you will find that I wrote more positive things about the hotel than negative.

Keep in mind people: Foreclosure doesn’t mean that the hotel is going to disappear overnight or be turned into something else. Right now it’s a hotel. Judging by all the all the bookings it’s gonna get for the Quiksilver Pro, it seems like it plans to stay that way.


Which takes me to another rumor that I posted (See: Barnes & Noble by the Sea?). Yeah, that one had no legs to it, but I posted it for fun.  Like it or not, we all know that Kindles, Nooks & iPads are eliminating the bookstore, so that’s that.

There was an auction for the vacant lot back in September and now we know who owns it. The future use is still up in the air.

Now after buying the $4.6 million note on the property at an undisclosed albeit steep discount, Burman, Krieger and their partners in BK at Long Beach are weighing their options on what they might build there.

Burman and Krieger are the same people who gave us the Aqua. So what does that tell us? More Fancy Aqua-style condos? Retail & restaurants on the boardwalk?  I wrote all about this back in October and I don’t feel like repeating myself.

Though BK at Long Beach hasn’t yet decided what it plans to do with the property, observers say luxury condos are one possibility. Burman and Krieger were successful with their last Long Beach condo project, called the Aqua, which is 75 percent sold. Completed in 2009, the eight-story, 36-unit Aqua has ocean views from each condo, as well as an indoor pool, outdoor dipping pool, fitness room, oceanfront clubroom and concierge. Units at the Aqua range from 1,730 to 2,400 square feet, with prices starting at about $1.3 million.

Even though I basically just posted the entire article, please read the original written by David Winzelberg for even more information: Long Beach debt a bargain for Garden City-based developers

Long Beach Cinemas closed? (updated x3)

Updated (May 6th): One week after the fact, Newsday is finally at the party, but with no added information (Read Newsday – Last picture show in Long Beach?). From the article:

Long Beach Cinemas abruptly closed last week with no explanation. Representatives of Philips International, which has operated the movie house since 2002, didn’t respond to requests for comment this week. Long Beach officials also haven’t been able to find out the reason for the closure.

“When we called we were told, ‘No comment, speak to the bank,’ ” said City Manager Charles T. Theofan. He added that city officials were investigating whether Philips had encountered financial problems.

If the City Manager knows nothing, that means the theater owner (Philips) hasn’t filed for any building permits yet for a change of use. Please note: I used the word YET. Something could be in the works. AS of now, that dispels any rumor that a restaurant or dollar store is moving in. It’s not that easy: there are building codes, zoning, change of use, certificates of occupancies involved, & assembly issues. One interesting note from the Newsday article is something that I mentioned in my “theory” article. The fact that Philips is a large company.

Philips, based in Manhattan, is one of the metropolitan area’s largest real estate developers. Its portfolio includes more than 200 office, condominium and retail properties in seven states.

How can a small movie theater be such a financial problem for a company that owns property across seven states. It’s a drop in the bucket. Philips still owns the property and they have to have other plans for it. Please read my theory on the future of the movie theater, as well as the rumor mill which includes ‘bed bugs’ and Peter Lugers.

Now, also in today’s Newsday, under the Movie Listing section is a place holder for Long Beach Cinemas with a phone number to call. I called the number and got a “phone disconnected” signal.



Updated (May 2nd): The LB Patch posts an article, but still no new info. The mystery remains….


Updated (May 1st): The LB Herald has some new info, but the still not enough. Read: Long Beach Cinemas abruptly shuts its doors


(April 30th): I got a tip earlier today from a reader named Susan regarding the Long Beach Cinemas. To quote Susan: “no marquee-no posters-no lights”. I just passed by the theater and she is correct; it just looks vacant. Susan added how she heard that it was a bank foreclosure. I can’t confirm whether or not that info is true.  I do, however, have hope that a new operator will step in and take over. Of course, I have a dream that it will reopen as a Huntington Cinema Arts clone, but I doubt that will happen…

Anyways, I’ll post more info as soon as I can. In the meantime, if anybody has anything to add, please comment here or email me using the contact form.

(ghetto photo courtesy of google maps)

LB Cinemas – The rumors are getting out of hand.. haha

I am going to compile all the RUMORS that I hear or read regarding the Long Beach Cinemas property. Well first of all, my post on the theater getting taken over by Clearview Cinemas is pure speculation on my part, not a rumor.  I’ll add it to the list anyways.

I present to you a list of all the rumors:


Keep them coming people!! These are great!

My Long Beach Cinemas Theory (Pure Speculation)

Long Beach Cinemas closed down. Why? Nobody seems to be able to answer that – including The Patch and Herald.  Was it financial troubles? A bank foreclosure? Based on the Patch & Herald articles, the theater manager doesn’t even know why it closed. Everything points to the property owner.  I decided to do some digging around and I now have a theory.

Ok, so the property is owned by a New York-based company called Philips International; a giant real estate company with a very large portfolio. Just see for yourself. This company is big. That makes me believe that “an owner with financial troubles” wasn’t the reason why this theater closed down, but a bad tenant (the theater operator) was.

I decided to contact Philips International and find out what was going on and to see if the property was for sale. Their reply was very vague, but based on their giant portfolio, I have a feeling this property isn’t for sale. This is a company that owns and rents. That makes me believe they have other plans……

Amongst Philips’ vast array of properties are two theaters – both on Long Island: The Franklin Square Cinema and the now-defunct Long Beach Cinemas that we all know and loved (and hated).  Lets face it people, there were issues with Long Beach Cinemas. They didn’t play the movies we wanted. Sometimes the projection was crooked or the sound was too low. They had no discounts. Blah blah blah.

On to my theory:  Philips’ theater in Franklin Square is operated by Clearview Cinemas. Being that they already have this relationship, maybe a deal has been made for Clearview Cinemas to takeover operation in Long Beach.  Yeah, It’s not AMC (which owns Loews & Regal), but it’s better than nothing.  Clearview Cinemas would bring a better overall experience than what we had, plus we get our theater back!

Now for those who want an independent art theater like the ones in Malverne or Huntington, Clearview Cinemas has those too; Manhasset & Roslyn are just two examples. If Clearview does take over,  it would be great if they turned our theater into a hybrid: A mix of Independent art films along with the blockbusters. As of now, I’ll take anything. As long as a theater stays there.

So, will the Long Beach Cinemas be rented to a Clearview Cinemas operator? Please understand, this is pure speculation. I have absolutely no idea what is really going on, but based on the owner’s giant portfolio and the fact that they already have a relationship with Clearview Cinemas at a theater nearby, it seems plausible.

Restaurant Rumors!!! Don Juans & Peter Luger

I know folks in the real estate industry, so I hear things… Two things that I recently heard are:

  1. Don Juans, the Mexican Restuarant that was once on Old Country Road in Westbury, is coming to a spot somewhere on Park Avenue in Long Beach. Where? I have no idea. Just heard it will be on Park Avenue.  I’m guessing it might be the vacant space in that new shitty looking center that no-longer has Chase Bank.  Don Jauns still has a location in Massapequa, for those who want a preview of whats to come (besides diarrea).
  2. Peter Luger is coming to Island Park and will occupy the former SHOGUN Japanese Restaurant lot, which is right over the soon-to-be-named-Michael Valente Bridge.  Voted ‘Best Steakhouse’ in NY for 26 years in a row, Jimmy Hays could be in for some serious competition.

I am not sure how valid these rumors are, but both would be welcome additions to the area.  I have a personal vendetta against Panchos in Island Park, so any cheap-gringo style mexican food that will compete with Panchos is fine with me. Peter Luger is great if you are a big man and like to smoke cigars. I’m not, but I do like butter, which their steak is drenched in.