I know I missed a lot of Long Beach news these past few weeks. We are still dealing with water issues (way too much chlorine and the city still doesn’t know what caused that E. Coli), plus the LB Herald published an insane article on Separation Payments (read this if you haven’t already: Long Beach payouts are unprecedented). A few other things have happened, but I just can’t remember. What a great blog, right?
There is this:
That makes me happy (thanks, Sam for the pic!). Yes, I became a sponsor for Long Beach Movie Nights, but did not expect to see the logo on the big screen like that!
It’s funny. I advertised, but in way, I really don’t want more readers. It’s just too much pressure for me to be on top of every issue and crisis The City of Long Beach has to offer. So in a way, I’m not sure why I advertised. It does have me thinking though: In order for this blog to continue, the mindset for it has to change. If you don’t like the change, then I suggest you unsubscribe from the email list & unfriend me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Why would I want to lose some of you valuable readers?? Well, besides not being able to stand the pressure of relevance, I am also extremely bored here. Those of you who have been following this blog for the past eleven years know I’ve struggled with this:
I do want this blog to be somewhat relevant, but I am a one-man operation, plus this isn’t my day job, but how can I keep up with everything? Do I even want to keep up with everything? The current news isn’t fun. I hate politics and political talk. Should I really finally quit? But then I hear how folks (actually) love this blog, so should it continue?
I will most likely continue this blog for now. I just cannot 100% promise the content you are looking for. If you want all the politics, gossip, breaking news, etc: check out the LB Herald, Newsday or plenty of groups on Facebook. If, for some strange reason, enjoy the garbage this blog produces and plan on sticking around, I promise on keeping all content Long Beach-related. It will be opinionated, sometimes wacky, sometimes newsworthy, but all at my own pace. You are not going to get everything you need from this blog. If you don’t like the content, the best thing you can do is unsubscribe from the email list & unfriend me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you! – Anthony
That being said, ‘Going to the Bathroom’ is trending on Facebook: #LBbathrooms #canyouspareasquare?
Did Knights of the Templar hide holy relics in Long Beach? Was the illuminati the architects of our original Boardwalk? Did the Dread Pirate Roberts really hide millions of gold coin on or near coordinates 40.589330-73.666453? Was 1930’s Mayor Edwards really a space alien sent to Long Beach to solve the future parking crisis?
Long time readers of the blog might remember Conspiracy Thursday, my short-lived blog series where I questioned the weird and unexplained. Some past topics include the lack of pony rides in LB [link], if the LB Patch was manipulating the weather to bring hits to their website [link], and whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought the Holiday Lights back to Jones Beach to win some Long Island votes [link]. Well, the latest has to do with this blog itself!
With that mean email I posted the other day came lots of speculation. Several readers (at least 10) seem to think that nasty email was a pre-emptive attack to discourage me from blogging again, saying it was timed right before the budget shortfall news. I received several messages like this:
Anthony, I’m pretty sure it’s the Long Beach puppeteers, the Democrat and Republican Party bosses, and their patronage dependents, who are trying to knock you out of the box.
They’re terrified that you are preparing to endorse candidates for the city council, who will ride the Bendo wave and put Long Beach on the right track.
The Long Beach DOMS welcome you back. We’re with you all the way! – Richard Boodman
I don’t know.. it’s plausible, but I never know what to believe around here. I really don’t think anybody in the city would do that because it just seems so pathetic. There are a lot of angry grammar and writing folks out there. There are also plenty of people who don’t seem to understand what a blog is. Heck, to stroke my ego, that would be kinda cool if it was a political attack. It would make this blog legit. But probably not. What do you folks think?
“I wish you would fix your spelling errors. You write like a child. It would have been interesting to read about Steven’s Pasta returning and where they will be and talk about the new Greek restaurant that replaced the LB Diner. That was very insensitive to say the LB Diner is dead. It fed a lot of people and brought friends together every day. This could be such a better website if you had a writer who actually cared about the city and if you cared more about yourself. There is so much to write about our unique city. Read books, learn something new, help the world. Do something useful. Writing this site is not your talent.” –
I believe I wrote: Long Beach Diner is Dead. Long Live Long Beach Diner! I guess this blog critic never heard of that particular saying.
In my ten years of running SBTC, this was the first hate mail I’ve ever received! So thank you! I think you just convinced me to end the blog again because I forgot how many nasty people there are in Long Beach.
Just to add: I have always said that writing was never my forte. I always struggled with it. Readers have enjoyed my blog because of my take on things, my point of view. Not my writing style. I could do more research on topics, but who’s paying me to do that? Search for anything regarding Long Beach, NY and my blog will somehow be in the top searches for any topic. As of today I have 3232 blog posts published. Nobody has paid me to do this. I have no agenda here. I just do this as a hobby. See those annoying ads that pop up? They bring me nothing! Seriously, if you don’t like the blog then don’t visit it. Or start your own blog. I’ll even share your link.
I just find this comment completely annoying. I’ve been bullied. Sued twice and sued back three times (all a complete wash). I had all, but one City Council Candidate answer my questions prior to the 2017 election. The City Manager Jack Schnirman met with me several times, picking my ears on my take of things. Probably not because they enjoy my writing style, but because they know the impact this blog has made on our city. I could list a whole bunch of positive things this blog has brought to Long Beach, but I won’t. I know my long time readers know the impact it has made. Like I said, this was the first negative letter I have every received. And oh boy, does it make me feel like shit. By the way, I really have done a lot of useful stuff for Long Beach. Go back and search through all 3,232 posts and you will be quite surprised.
I’ve fallen behind on news since the election: The IDA stuff with that medical building on Park Avenue, the whale in Reynolds channel or the old cadillac ‘crashing’ a movie set. I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m all alone here…. There are also so many posts I still wanted to write, like how Former-President of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Mark Tannenbaum UNSUCCESSFULLY sued me and Allison Blanchette in two separate lawsuits for the same two anonymous comments that were posted on this blog even though, in my opinion, Mark Tannenbaum had absolutely no proof on who the authors were. (I personally don’t make comments under the names Allison and Sandra B). We settled. I said “no way” to a confidentiality agreement, so being that the cases were about this blog and then public figure Mark Tannenbaum, I really can write all I want about it. And yes, he effected this blog, so It is blog news and Long Beach news. Oh yes, I sued Mark Tannenbaum back for $500,000 in damages in an Anti-Slapp lawsuit. In the end, we all walked away from it all. Why did I settle that way? Everyday I’m kicking myself for doing it. I know I would have won, but an unexpected issue came up. Put it this way: If you knew why I settled you would call me a saint. I will say this: the chamber of commerce should be kissing my ass that I settled because I was about to turn that entire organization upside down. Holy shit it would have been a shit storm, in my opinion. Those who knew what my case was about, including three board members of the Chamber of Commerce would agree with me, I can guarantee you that. It’s just amazing how Allison and I had to deal with this when we were absolutely 10000000000000% innocent. I still have that time stamped Facebook Messenger message when Allison wrote something along the lines: “I am being sued by Tannenbaum and I didn’t write anything.” Yeah, that was a keeper for court and a judge. I don’t make up so-called fake names and comment about people I don’t know, never met, never spoke to, never did business with. If I have something to say about a public Long Beach person like the then-President of the Chamber of Commerce, I do it in a blog post as an opinion. Not buried as a fucking comment under two fucking ‘fake’ names. If anybody is curious about the anonymous comments were about, here is a similar a comment that was printed and published by the Long Beach Herald below. Funny how the Long Beach Herald and the author of the article didn’t get sued. And Mark did see this LETTER because he participated by answering it in the next Herald Issue – hence my Anti-Slapp lawsuit (this is just one example of many many many many……….)
The new Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is great, by the way. Where was I? Oh yeah, I am burnt out on this blog business. I really wanted to blog about how that new JJ Coopers covered the old Library faced with a sheet of metal. How this drives me absolutely insane that they did that, but whatever. I am too tired. The historical aspect of our downtown is destroyed already anyway. This was just the door slamming us on the ass on last time. I really wish JJ Coopers good luck, but holy shit was that a crappy thing to do.
Yes, it’s true that I still have stuff to blog about, but I’m done for now indefinitely. Ignorance is bliss and I am extremely anxious to fade into a deeper state of obscurity. You can still find me tweeting and posting on instagram. I actually deactivated my personal facebook account , so sorry if i’m not responding to anything there. I’m not the biggest fan of facebook, so if my blog is silent, so will that. I actually have no way of posting this article on facebook, so if somebody can do me a favor……
I really want to thank all my readers for coming here daily! To the great (and not-so-great) people I met through the blog. You’ll see me around town. Little did I know that an unsuccessful purchase of citybythesea.com [taken by Newport] would cause me to flip the words around and create something that ended up with thousands of daily followers and over a million views in its lifetime. I am not a writer, so there were so many difficult times for me to articulate my thoughts into written words. I wasn’t so bad, was I?
I guess that’s it for now. I still own seabythecity.com for the next ten or so years, so this blog will still float around in the world wide web so long as our internet laws permit it. If anybody has any desire to show any appreciation, I would love it if you use my Amazon.com referral link if you do any Black Friday shopping from a computer. OBVIOUSLY, SHOP LOCAL, but if Amazon is one of your destinations, using my referral helps me out a lot and it doesn’t cost you a penny more.
I’ve have been running seabythecity.com for almost nine years now. I’m always honored by how beloved this blog has been by so many of you. Heck, even the City of Long Beach celebrated my blog by giving me awards for it [here’s one of them]. I always get nothing, but positive feedback and encouragement to continue what was once the primary place for public discussion about our great city by the sea. With all that, I feel it’s my duty to at least give you, my readers some sort of explanation as to why it’s been a ghost town around here.
I am not ready to talk about everything, but eventually I will. Full details are imminent. I know the blog hasn’t been the same for the past year or so, but it’s with good reason. Oh boy, you will never believe the crap, harassment and damages my family & I have experienced. Actually, another innocent resident is somehow involved as well. I am sure she’ll want me to blog about her tale. You, my readers have damages, too. Constitutional rights have been violated (I’m fighting that as well).
To be honest, I’m not sure if I should start blogging all this now or until it’s all over. I just might wait for V day so I can just blog in one big post. For now, all media please contact me for a future Press Release, for it’s my constitutional right to tell this story. Also, any published authors out there interested in a project? Please contact me.
Several of you have asked me to create a mobile app of the blog. I could, but it would basically just be an app that pulls information off the website. Seems like a like of trouble for something that could potentially give me headaches, as mobile devices are constantly changing and whatnot. If you do have an iPhone, you already can add a direct link of the blog to your home screen with a fancy icon. I’m going to show you how.
Side notes: I am running the ios10 beta, so what appears in these screenshots might look slightly different than what’s on your iDevice. This method will work with an iPad, but I have no idea if you can do the same thing with Android devices. If so, I would love for somebody to go through the steps and send it in, so I can share with you all. Continue reading “How to add SEABYTHECITY to your iphone home screen!”
The blog’s domain name [seabythecity.com] was apparently NOT on auto-renew because my host had my old credit card on file! I was out of town, so the past 24 hours ANYBODY could have purchased seabythecity.com. HA! Some fireworks on this blog tonight.