Restaurant Week

It’s restaurant week in Long Beach which means from April 17th to May 3rd you can get a three-course meal for $19.99. Visit the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for a full list of participating restaurants.

Full Article @ Newsday

Check out some menus at Lbfoodie.com and all the restaurant discussions at insidelongbeach.com forums. Got a Long Beach restaurant that you want to promote? Please send me your info!

Island Park getting a King Kullen

I generally don’t write about the neighboring towns unless it effects Long Beach in some capacity. And this will. It seems that just right over the bridge in Island Park will come a brand-spanking new King Kullen – Nautical Style! This obviously will have a major effect on Waldbaums – the largest supermarket in Long Beach.

I, for one, welcome our new supermarket overlords. I don’t even shop at Waldbaums; I just don’t like it. I find myself going to Trader Joes and Stop & Shop in Oceanside for major shopping and Associated (663 E Park Ave) for daily stuff. I’ve never been to the C-Town over in the West End, so I can’t vouch for that one.

This brand new “Nautical Style” King Kullen, which will basically be in Jordan’s backyard, will surely attract patrons away from Waldbaums. I will post renderings of the development and more info as soon as I can.

The local diner scene

One thing that I worry about here in Long Beach is the fact that some of these restaurants survive based on “location” and not by “quality.”

For example, I lived in Manhattan and a pizza / bagel place opened up right down the street on the corner of 3rd ave and St marks. It had what was possible the worse pizza and bagels I’ve ever had in my entire life, but the place was always crowded because the location.

Some of these restaurants in Long Beach seem to survive because they get the same crowd going to them year after year and it’s just good enough. Their locations make them the only game in town and they have no incentive to improve or make their place nicer or better. I am speaking mostly about the diners.

I love diners and have been to a ton of them across the Island and the metro area. The diners we have here in Long Beach are below average.. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Now I just moved to the area about a year and a half ago and I still haven’t found a diner that I love and want to visit when friends come into town. So far the only decent local ones I found aren’t even in Long Beach – Jo Jo Apples in Point Lookout and Dee’s in Island Park. What’s it going to take to get the local Long Beach diners to step up their game?

I’m sorry if any local diner owners are reading this and get offended. You are probably thinking “what does he know? he just moved here.” Well eating food and time spent living in an area have nothing to do with each other.

Discuss here.

My Long Beach Wish List

All these ideas require lots money, but I can dream right? I don’t think they’re too far fetched. In fact, some of them can be done when the existing needs repair or updating. So without further ado: I give you my City of Long Beach Wish List:

1. A NAUTICAL THEME throughout the city. I have nothing against the colonial look, but leave that for Manhasset or Garden City. Long Beach is a true beach community so let’s embrace it! Nautical style pedestrian lights for the downtown shopping areas. Nautical themed sculptures, artwork, murals. I love the blues used in those “Long Beach Welcomes You” signs and would love to see those colors used more – whether it’s store fronts, more signs, or bus stops (see below on bus stops). Speaking of those signs, I wish they had a small spotlight shining on them at night. When I enter Long Beach, I want to know that I’m no longer in the Town of Hempstead. So yeah, more nautical and less ordinary/colonial.

2. NEW BUS STOPS. Bus stops are a vital part of our transportation system and the current ones look dull and abandoned. Why not make them pretty? As mentioned above, utilize the “Long Beach Welcomes You” color scheme. Give the bus stops tiles, murals and glass patterns. Each section of Long Beach can be identified by what art is on the bus stop! For example: The bay area bus stops can have murals of boats or fish. West End can have a surfers. The bus stop by the train station can have a mural of the train! Make it cute. People will come to Long Beach and say “wow, what a cute town.” I go to Seattle a lot and they do this right (see photo).

3. MORE ART!!!! This ties in with what was already mentioned. I would love more sculptures, statues, murals & art throughout the city. A sculpture garden would be great. I could see the city hosting a contest for all the local artists – commissioning the winner ‘s design to be used as an identity that can be used throughout the city.

4. A “GREEN” centralized park. Not green as in environmental, but green as in trees! Now I happen to think Beach Park is the greatest park in New York, but wouldn’t it be nice to sit in the shade once in a while? A real park! I’m talking Olmsted style; shady trees, paths, benches, the works!. In a much smaller scale of course. Now where can we put such a thing.. hmm perchance Foundation Block? What’s going on with that anyhow?

The potential of a “green” park:

  • A seasonal outdoor Ice Skating rink. Port Jefferson does this (see photo) and it’s really cute. We already have the Ice Arena, but I think an outdoor rink would attract more casual skaters and tourists as opposed to the ice arena which is more for sports and recreation.
  • A dog run. Dogs get no love in this city, so give them a place where they can stretch their legs.
  • A place for the city to display more art work. (Sculpture garden?).
  • A gazebo. Who doesn’t love gazebos?
  • More vendor options – potential revenue for the city. Hot chocolate and skate rentals anyone? Convenient Bike rentals for the spring, summer & fall?

5. Bike racks everywhere. When the summer time comes, I don’t even want to use my car.
When I want to grab a slice of pizza at Gino’s I have to lock my bike to either a garbage pail or a light pole. That doesn’t make any sense to me. More Bike Racks please!! Why doesn’t the new Walgreens on Long Beach Road have any bike racks? All new commercial development should consider the placement of them. Cycling should be the most encouraged form of transportation in town. Plus it’s good for you and the environment.

6. A redesigned Waldbaums shopping center with more to do in the winter time. This idea was mentioned numerous times during the city council meetings, the city’s master plan and charrettes. That shopping center’s current design just doesn’t work. Too many vacant stores. It doesn’t compliment the rest of the area and it forces you to get in your car and drive around if you want to shop at other stores in the area. The supermarket itself would most likely remain, but the other part has to be brought up to the street. It would benefit all the other stores in the area as well and could bring different retail options to the area:

  • I would love a larger book store. Dare I say Barnes & Noble? Even better would be an independent store like Book Revue in Huntington. Sorry small book stores in town. I am always rooting for you, but a bigger store means more books.
  • I would love a bigger Lowes or Regal style movie theater. Sorry Long Beach cinemas, but I am spoiled by stadium seating. Unless you want to go through metal detectors at Green Acres, or fight for parking in Rockville Centre, there aren’t any good theaters on the south shore of Nassau county. A new stadium seating venue will attract a lot more folks than the current theater. Trust me. It would be a big boost for the local restaurants and the local economy and more movie goers watch movies at night so it won’t compete with beach traffic. The current Long Beach theater can play more independent movies like the theaters in Roslyn or Manhasset.

So that’s my Long Beach wish list. I really should be punched for suggesting a bigger movie theater and Barnes & Noble ??????? I’m sure I have more wishes, but I can’t think of any right now. Any comments or suggestions? Send me your wish list and I’ll post it right here.

**”Long Beach Welcomes You” photo by Daniel Prisco

Walk Score

Long Beach has to be one of the few places on Long Island where you can get away without having a car. We can walk to the train, to the beach, to stores, restaurants. Plus we have our own bus system and several taxi services; Not to mention how bike friendly the area is. All of this is measured on walkscore.com as a “walk score.”

What is a walk score? Well according to the site:

“Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking.

Long Beach has a walk score of 88 out of 100 which means the area as a whole is “Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.

You can get a more detailed “walk score” if you type in your address. My house has a walk score as 80 – just below the Long Beach average, but I am sure there are some parts especially near the train station that would score higher. Try it out yourself! walkscore.com

(photo by me!)

Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** April 2009


by Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC

Holistic Health Counselor
www.denisewind.com


Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

Salads

  • Any salad can be topped with one of their cold salads or any cooked fish. I would recommend staying away from the cold salads that may contain mayo and stick with the cooked fish as a topping.
  • Salad Choices are: Garden Salad, Caesar Salad , Mesculin Salad, Spinach Salad.
  • A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories.

Entree’s

  • Any entree can be grilled, baked, broiled or steamed served with 2 side dishes. You may want to ask for just a dash of Olive Oil in the prep. Add some extra squeezed lemon to make it juicier and more flavorful.
  • Flounder, Sole, Tilapia, Halibut, Salmon, Tuna – Ahi, Sea Bass, Swordfish, Catfish,Scrod, Sea Scallop, Bay Scallop, Jumbo Shrimp, Catch of the Day.

Steamed Mixed Veggies

  • Excellent Choices!!! Steamed Broccoli, Steamed Asparagus Steamed String Beans

Side Dishes

  • Try mustard on the baked potato instead of butter or sour cream. Its delish!!
  • Baked Potato
  • Steamed Corn on the Cob

On the 1/2 Shell

  • Served with lemon and cocktail sauce
  • Littleneck Clams
  • Topneck Clams
  • Cherry Stone Clams Oysters

If you choose bread or rice: Choose items made with whole grains. Examples include whole-wheat bread, tortillas and pasta, as well as dishes made with brown rice.

Look For Next Month’s Featured eatery!!!

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