Historic Site: London Planetree (circa 1881)

There are a bunch of historic sites scattered all over Long Beach. Every once in a while I will post one of them. The Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society dedicated this London Planetree as being of historical significance on June 11th, 2000. This tree can be found on the southeast corner of E. Penn Street & Riverside Blvd. Not much more can be said about this tree then what is already written on the plaque below. Click on the photo for a bigger image.

(All photos were taken by me.)

Very old news, but why not?

This is a blog. I am not just here to report on new news. I am here to report on whatever I can dig up, even old items. I always envisioned this site as a holder of all sorts of weird long Beach-related info. So, here we go….

Back in 2006, NY Magazine voted Long Beach the #1 New York Beach for families. From the article: Long Beach calls itself the “city by the sea,” but it’s a small town with an informal resort feel that you can navigate entirely by foot.

Not bad. Check out the full article at nymag.comPick a Beach, Not Just Any Beach

This weekend: Beach Wrestling & The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival!

Beach Wrestling on Riverside Blvd this Saturday – I am trying to find more info on this and will post it as soon as I can. Right now I am picturing “Macho Man” Randy Savage giving some surfer a Piledriver. Oooh, yeah!


The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival
150+ vendors selling art, clothing, jewelry, food.

On the boardwalk at Riverside Boulevard
Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 7pm

This gets EXTREMELY crowded. Try to get there early if you can.

The Herald – Allegria slated for late-summer ‘soft’ start, officially opening by fall.

Since I keep following this story, I have been getting emails from concerned folks that booked the Allegria for various occasions – a wedding in October, weekend getaways, family trips, a business trip / alternative to Manhattan. All of these people have the same thing in common: “is this place ever going to open?”

Let me remind you of my Allegria website timeline. As of now (July 14th, 2009), the site still says:

Before that it said June 16th.
Before that it said Spring 2009.
Before that it said Early 2009.
Before that it said Fall 2008.
Well now the Long Beach Herald sheds some light on this topic in an article with a self-explanatory title: Read – Allegria slated for late-summer ‘soft’ start, officially opening by fall.

So hang in there folks. The bad weather in June & the current economy hasn’t been nice to us for many reasons. The hotel does look like it’s going to be a great place for events as well as a great place to stay. Let’s just hope the weather doesn’t get in the way from now until late-summer / fall.

The official Long Beach flower

Did you know that the hydrangea is the official Long Beach flower? Neither did I, but according to longbeachhistory.org it is! That’s good news to me; my house is surrounded by them. Represent!

Here is a hydrangea tip: The flower colors are largely dependent on the ph balance of your soil. Do you want blue flowers? Add aluminum sulphate to the soil. Pine needles work too! They make the soil more acidic.

(photo by me)

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