Beach Chairs and Umbrellas!

According to some notes from the last City Council meeting, It appears that the city will test chair and umbrella rentals on the beach this summer. And why not? It could bring lots of revenue to the city.

Hopefully they will plant a rental store right in front of the new Allergria Hotel. Not to mention the amount of beach-goers that come off the LIRR on a hot summer day. Four rental locations were mentioned, but not identified.

Buses


Three new eco-friendly Buses abound. Why is this news?
I DON’T KNOW! I just like the idea of Hybrid Buses. The GILLIG Hybrid to be exact. Hey, this is the air that we breathe everyday and the cleaner the better!

December 16, 2008 Item No. 5
Resolution No.
The following Resolution was moved by
and seconded by :
Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Three Eco
Friendly Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor Buses.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 9/08, duly adopted by the City Council
on January 15, 2008, the City entered in to Mass Transportation Capital Project Grant with the
New York State Department of Transportation, whereby the City would be afforded grant
monies to assist in the replacing of Transit Buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach, piggy-backing on the San Mateo County
Transit District can purchase eco friendly, fuel efficient Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor
Buses at favorable specified prices obtained by said District, through their purchase of
approximately 700 buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach Department of Transportation requires three
(3) buses at this time;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it
RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the
City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to purchase a three (3) Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric
Low Floor Buses with specified options at a cost of $600,000.00 each, for a total cost of
$1,800,00.00 from Gillig Corporation, 25800 Clawiter Road, Hayward, California 94545. Funds
in the amount of $162,460.00 will be made available in Account No. H1100.52004 (Purchase of
Transit Buses) at the time of delivery and funds in the amount of $1,299,680.00 will be provided
to the City through a Federal Mass Transportation Grant and funds in the amount of $393,949.00
will be provided to the City through State funds at the time of delivery as well.

Curling comes to Long Beach!

Curling – the sport that seems to fascinate everyone whenever the Winter Olympics come along.

Curling? You know, It’s kinda like shuffleboard, but with Ice, a large puck and a broom.

Well if you ever dreamed of becoming an Olympic Goal medalist in the sport of Curling, now is your chance! Long Island Curling has invaded the Long Beach Arena. Classes are available and when you’re good enough you can join a curling league!

Check out the Long Island Curling website for more info.

-Anthony

The future of Long Beach being considered:

A collection of interesting notes taken from the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Master Plan & Planning Board Charrettes.

1. A redesign of Waldbaums shopping center – the only shopping center in Long Beach. Strip stores – bring those stores to the street with parking in the rear. It would compliment the downtown district better.

2. Would Long Beach ever consider licensing bed & breakfasts?

3. Artwork included in building design of new high rises, similar to Portland, Oregon.

4. The redevelopment of the bayfront area located between Long Beach Boulevard and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Conceptual plans include: a 250-slip marina, “salt air” performing arts center / amphitheater, promenade, five mixed-use towers that would contain residential units, a marine science center, restaurants, A water taxi to Island Park.

5. An architect has been hired by the City to design the Recreation facility rehabilitation project. Upon completion, the facades of the Recreation center and ice arena will compliment one another.

6. The location of the Public Works municipal parking garage on Long Beach Boulevard is considered problematic. In addition to its appearance and the congestion caused on Long Beach Boulevard by city vehicles having difficulty turning into the lot, there is not enough room in the structure for the addition of a natural gas refueling station. As a result, at this time, the City is unable to switch to more environmentally friendly natural gas vehicles.

7. Appropriate placement of bicycle facilities and racks, clear marking of the pedestrian route from the LIRR station to the boardwalk, and provision of shuttle bus service between the LIRR station and beach areas, would act to reduce traffic and beachfront parking needs.

8. The Long Beach Island Landmarks Association have also been working toward the creation of a Long Beach Historic District that would include the West Penn Street blockfront with parcels from National Boulevard to Lafayette Boulevard.

Random Updates

Well the winter is almost officially here and all is quiet here in this sleepy beach town.

I went to Sugo Cafe and liked it. The owner was really nice and they have live entertainment and comedy on the weekends. It’s not your typical Italian food that you would find at Gino’s or Mulberry Street. Being an Italian myself it was pleasantly surprised and not bored. Mulberry Street was a little too boring for me (sorry).

Green Cactus has been open for a few months and I suggest everybody to try it if you haven’t already. It’s a local Long Island franchise and one of the better ones.

Five Guys Burgers is also open. I love the checkerboard / old diner look. I wish them success. Unfortunately I probably won’t eat there that much. When I want a burger, I usually just throw it on the grill.

The Allegria Hotel & Spa (King David Manor) website claims that they will be open for business this March and they are already taking reservations.

No news on the Bayfront development or the Superblock, but it looks like city might consider using Meter parking on the West End of town.. As if parking there didn’t suck already…..

Lido Blvd traffic!! What is the deal?

What’s with the traffic on Lido Boulevard? Lately it’s been getting worse and worse. It took me forty minutes just to drive what normally takes five. Road construction on the boulevard has been making life miserable for us commuters; Making us angry, late for work, and causing us to drive like maniacs as soon we exit the construction zone.

I’ve been monitoring the road work for the past month or so and couldn’t even figure out what the contractors were doing. First they chopped the street up, dug only 2 feet deep, and started filling it in with stone. No pipe work. No sewer work. Nada. It just didn’t make sense! Then it hit me… They are turning Lido Boulevard into an actual Boulevard – a real median with planters, trees, and the works!

According to Wikipedia, a “boulevard (often abbreviated Blvd) is usually a wide, multi-lane arterial thoroughfare, divided with a median down the center, and “roads” along each side designed as slow travel and parking lanes and for bicycle and pedestrian usage, often with an above-average quality of landscaping and scenery.”

This median will certainly spruce up the road and make it scenic, but pretty trees aren’t the main reason for this project. According to this New York Times article, safety is the main reason here; a safe median for pedestrians and bike riders as they cross the dangerous six lane blvd on their way to the beach.

Safety and beauty. Sounds like a win-win situation for all! Unfortunately, it comes with a price of making our lives miserable until the project is complete. So when will that be? I did some digging around the Nassau County website and I found the project page: Project 60010 – Lido Boulevard Improvements. According to the project schedule, everything should be complete June 17, 2008!!! What do you expect? I will update this article with more info as soon as I get it.

Allegria Hotel & Spa

The Allegria Hotel & Spa website is now live.

http://www.allegriahotel.com/

Promising “breathtaking views of the Atlantic and the NYC skyline” this Hotel & Spa signals a major change to Long Beach – transforming it from a sleepy beach community into a year round alternative to NYC or fancy Long Island Hotels like the Garden City Hotel. Hopefully it will remain an affordable place to live – buying or renting.

Beach Tennis USA invades Long Beach!

Nothing like strolling down the boardwalk on a hot summer night only to stumble upon a new international Sport – BEACH TENNIS!

Beach Tennis is basically badminton with small tennis rackets and a colorful tennis ball. There are two players on each side and shoes seem to be optional. The event was recorded to be televised on SNY here in New York. I can’t really comment on any specifics such as who won… but I can just tell you that the event was fun, funny, and most of all FREE!! Here are some pictures:

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