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The City of Long Beach is changing and it’s changing fast. In the next 20 years, half the buildings along the boardwalk will most likely look like this:
I’m talking about The Aqua; Luxury Oceanfront Condominiums. Our very own “mini-Miami” – only 50 minutes from Manhattan. It’s only inevitable that Long Beach goes this route; The commute is great. The beach is great. It’s a great community with great food, culture and events. Plus you feel like you are on vacation 365 days a year.
Long Beach has lots of buildings. More than I thought actually… I would love to actually go around, take photos, and tag them all. Perhaps a future project? Well anyways, ‘The Aqua’ is still under construction and looks to be completed early 2009. For those who want to take a glimpse into the future of Long Beach, check out the official Aqua website. For good or bad, I foresee more of these types of buildings popping up all over the area.
So I decided to ride my bike over to Kennedy Plaza to check out the Farmer’s Market. It was cute, but small, but cute, but small, but very promising. There were 3 stands – fish, fruit, and veggies. It was somewhat crowded which gives me hope that more vendors will eventually join the few that were there. Anyways, here are some pics. Sorry again for the quality, but all I had on me was my iphone.
Today marks the first day of the Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market. It will feature fresh organic produce, as well as fresh “off the boat” fish caught by local fishermen. The Market will be open every Wednesday from noon to 7pm and will stay open weekly until November 26th of this year.
Well the fourth of July came and went, but it hasn’t been properly celebrated yet here in Long Beach. That’s going to happen this Friday the 11th. Well at least we have Jones Beach fireworks to look at in the distance, not to mention all the other various illegal ones being set off. Here are some pictures in case you missed it. Sorry they aren’t the best photos. I didn’t have the right lens with me at the time.
Happy 4th of July! In order not to compete with the Jones Beach firework extravaganza, The City of Long Beach will be celebrating the 4th on July 11th!
Food and music will be available on the boardwalk starting at 8pm; fireworks at 9pm. The “Sea by the City”crew will be there capturing it all. Read about it all here on the official Long Beach site.
Long Beach resident and renowned rock star Joan Jett filmed a music video on the boardwalk last year for her song “Change the World.”
Here is Joan Jett shredding her axe on Franklin Blvd at the boardwalk entrance. This photo was borrowed from longbeachny.org where you can view the complete story.
Yes, we all know it. Yes, we all loathe it. It definitely has been an eyesore in the community for so many years. So many people know about this building that it actually starting looking at it as if it were a landmark. I actually find the building to be charming.. but the again, I am weird. well say “good bye” to King David and say “hello” to The Allegria Hotel and Spa.
Renovations are currently underway by the Alrose Group. After digging around their website I found a photo of the finished product:
When done, this “King David II” (aka Allegria Hotel & Spa) will be two stories taller and a lot fancier. It will actually be marketed as an alternative to the Garden City hotel- and why not? It’s 15 minutes to JFK. Walking distance to the LIRR, and it’s on the beach!!! It’s basically a win-win situation for Alrose Group, Long Beach, and those with lots of money.
Just a quick post on new development which is going on in our city right now. Later, I will give more detailed descriptions on each development.
Three major projects going on right now.
One is the Renovation of the King David Manor. Go to http://www.alrosegroup.com/ and click on OTHER PROPERTIES – it’s the one on top. The King David is completely gutted and work is underway.
The second is the bayfront redevelopment project. I will post more on this later.
The third is the Superblock. I will post more on this later.