Restaurant Week in Long Beach

Restaurant week is upon us from now until Sunday, October 25th.  That means you can get a prix fixe meal from any participating restaurant for only $19.99 perperson.  Visit the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week website for a list participating restaurants.  www.lbnychamberrestaurantweek.com

LBfoodie.com has menus and most of them have descriptions of what type of food these places serve.

DEAD MAN’S CORNER

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I’m sure most of you have either passed this house or heard about it by now.  This story has been covered in both the Long Beach Herald and  News12 Long Island, so I am not going to get into the details. Basically, a bicyclist died at the the intersection where this house resides. The homeowner wants an all-way stop sign installed to hopefully prevent future accidents, thus the name DEAD MAN’S CORNER.

I feel for these people.  I also live in a corner house only a few blocks away from here and I see how dangerous these intersections are everyday. I personally think the city should install stop signs at every intersection south of Park Ave, but are stop signs enough?

When the light for Park Avenue is green, cars going north will speed up to try to make it.  I can’t tell you how many times I watch cars break the law and go though the stop sign in front of my house just to make that light.  Stop signs help slow cars, but not all cars stop.  I wonder if speed bumps are the key in making our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. These intersections are extremely dangerous and it’s something that the city needs to fix.

October is “Surftober” on Long Beach

The Nassau County Development Agency (IDA) has a website promoting tourism, smart growth and industry on Long Island.  This seems to be a trend going on. Lots of local organizations & Politicians are promoting this idea of Smart Growth and redesigning suburban Long Island.  With that, the IDA has an article promoting surfing in Long Beach. Check it out:  Read –  Surf’s Up in Long Beach. It must be October.

Long Beach Motor Inn, You give Long Beach a bad name.

Yeah, I know that motel isn’t in Long Beach, but it’s called the Long Beach Motor Inn, it’s on Long Beach blvd and you pass in on your way to Long Beach.  I’m sure there are some people out there who think it’s in Long Beach. Regardless, the place is a dump and it’s bringing down that whole entire south shore area.

The Island Park Civic Association website is reporting that there are sex offenders living at the Long Beach Motor Inn. That motel seems to be used for everything, but a motel. Just like that sleazy joint that was in Oceanside, this one needs to be demolished as well.

Check out the article which has information where you can complain about these sex offenders in our area. Being that we are in Long Beach and not too far, I am sure they will listen to us too.

Newsday – Long Beach ‘coalition’ demands affordable housing

Affordable housing is a major concern, not only for Long Beach, but for pretty much the entire metropolitan area. Lets face it, it’s getting too expensive to live here.  Yesterday at City Hall, more than 50 protesters stormed the castle demanding that the city does something about it. The protesters also called for the end of nepotism –  something that pretty much every government practices. Newsday.com has the full story.

Read – Long Beach ‘coalition’ demands affordable housing

Miami North (update)

According to Chaz in the comments section, the aqua isn’t going to be the color of the buildng. It’s just an air and vapor barrier.  So I just road my bike past the building again and it’s obviously not going to be that color. It’s too glossy and it’s a lousy paint job!  I think I was just excited to see something different. It looks good from the distance and I still think it would look really cute with white shutters. Long Beach almost looked like Miami, some European riviera or Dingle, Ireland.

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Miami North?

IMG_0474One of the biggest complaints I hear from people about Long Beach is how ugly most of the buildings on the boardwalk are. I hate to say this, but I agree. The boardwalk doesn’t have the prettiest buildings in town. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really nice ones, but the ugly ones outnumber them.  Too bad all the Spanish architecture on Park Ave didn’t rub off when it came to developing the boardwalk. Most of the buildings are just pre-war brick boxes that you would normally find along Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens.  They hardly screams “beach community.” Anyways,  one of the uglier buildings (corner of Lindell Blvd & W. Broadway) is getting a much needed face life.  A very bold face life: Aqua!

fuccoI have to applaud the owner(s) for not going the fucco/beige route.  It’s my opinion, but I think this color is a welcome change for the boardwalk. This is a beach community. This area needs to be fun and different from all the normal suburban areas of Long Island.  Aqua is very beachy. It reminds me of something you would see in the art deco world of South Beach, Miami. I like it. I think it would look really cool and cute with white shutters, but that will cost a ton. Who knows what the finished product will look like.

Some probably think this new color is an eyesore. I can almost hear it now: “it looks like a fun house!” That’s what my 76 year old dad says when he walks into a room that isn’t painted beige or brown, yet he loves going on vacation to Florida where everything is colorful and happy. Sorry Dad, I don’t mean to put you under the bus… haha.  A lot of people don’t like change.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the building owner(s) end up not committing to the color. In the meantime, enjoy the new, bold look on the boardwalk.

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