Ye Ye Ye Olde Sign Post – Part III (Hence Ye Ye Ye)

An update to my The “Ye Olde $17,849” Question post, which is an update to my $17,849 street sign post, which was a comment to this June 2nd, 2009 City Council Proceeding.

Somebody named Arvis anonymously and graciously filled me in on what those Sign Posts are all about:

“The city purchased 50 signs and the signs are for the Walks. The money isn’t from the city budget but from the community development grant from the federal gov. This is one of many beautification projects the city does yearly with the money.

The signs the Walks are getting will be different than the historical block. The new poles slide over the existing poles which saves in the cost. So the new signs and poles cost about 350 a pole and the Walks have 50 poles. The signs will be blue with white lettering with a decorative top and bottom. The pole will be fluted. Should look nice.”

Thanks for the update Arvis! I am all for city beautification and I love how they will be different than the ones used for the historical block – each district should have it’s own flavor. I can’t wait to see them! The Walks deserve to be beautified. It’s one of the more unique districts I’ve ever seen. The only other place in New York where I have seen something similar was in Sunnyside Gardens in Queens – which is a great neighborhood for those who haven’t been there.

Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show!

The Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show is this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It’s a great event for artists to get there stuff out AND for shoppers to buy more art for themselves and their walls!

Two artists that will be there that I’d like to mention:

  • Steven Klein @ Steven is a fascinating guy who loves to talk about Battlestar Galactica and other science fiction shows and books. I love his art work too!
  • Erica Milone of Barefoot Photography. I did a post on her Erica’s Long Beach postcards a couple of months ago. I just read on facebook that she will be there, so I figured I’d give her a plug! Along with postcards, Erica also sells framed photos, blank greeting cards & other hand crafted goods!

Both are long Island artists, so stop by and say hi and support them as well as the fifty other artists that will be there. I just hope it doesn’t rain……

The "Ye Olde $17,849" Question

An update to my $17,849 street sign post, which was a comment to this June 2nd, 2009 City Council Proceeding.

While reading about the Red Brick district’s 100th anniversary, I forgot that the historic district already has new signs in the blue motif. Looking at the Brandon Industries website, these “Ye Olde fashioned” street signs cost an average of $800. So, if you do the math: $17,849.00 divided by $800 (the average cost) = 22.3 signs/posts.

22.3 signs/posts aren’t enough to decorate the entire City of Long Beach. I am guessing these new street signs will be used for either the business district along Park Avenue, the walks or just in the west end. I have to be foolish to think every single sign post in Long Beach would be updated. Of course if anybody knows what’s going on, I would appreciate any information 🙂
**** I took the above photo from this article. I am not sure who snapped it, so sorry if I’m not giving you proper credit!!

Summer Cleanse Workshop

Nutrition Counselor Denise A. Wind, who writes the monthly Healthy Eats column, is running a Summer Cleanse Workshop in Long Beach . She wanted me to pass this along:

Do you want to:

  • Improve your immune system
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce unhealthy cravings
  • Improve seasonal allergies
  • Improve digestion
  • Increase energy and mental focus
  • Beautify the skin
  • Balance your hormones
  • Slow the effects of aging

Please join:

Denise A. Wind, CHHC

Nutrition Counselor

For a

Summer Cleanse Workshop

an easy detox program that’s practical, effective, and food-based

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 or Friday June 26, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 263 West Penn Street Long Beach, NY 11561
Investment in your health: $50.

To Register: 516-897-6778

You will receive a detailed cleanse program and a 25-page workbook with all the recipes and resources needed to successfully follow a cleanse.


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JUST SAY NO to a synthetic boardwalk!

The Long Beach Herald just ran a new article (Read – City approves capital improvement plan) about the city planing a new boardwalk. From the article: While the specifics of the design are yet to be determined, Theofan said the city would consider using harder or synthetic wood that has a longer life span than the wood now being used for repairs.

Please, I beg the city, please choose a harder wood over synthetic. Now I know synthetic would last longer than hard wood, but it has no charm! Wood is so much classier, unique and ages nicer than synthetic material. A harder wood will definitely last a lot longer than what we have now. Just use the same pressure treated wood that’s used for those utility poles. It will last almost forever and won’t warp like what the current wood does.

My choice of hardwood over synthetic is simple:

Its the same reason why those new fake stucco (Dryvit/EIFS) houses look like cheap crap – it’s synthetic material that doesn’t age the same way as real stucco. That fake stucco (aka fucco) has no charm, did you know you can punch a hole in it?

Well anyways, my point is that our boardwalk will lose some charm if synthetic material is used. Please, City of Long Beach, please please please please please please please choose real hard wood over synthetic!!! Please don’t turn our beautiful boardwalk into synthetic crap.

Admin’s note: I can’t stand the current Dryvit/EIFS/Fake Stucco “aka fucco” sprawl that’s been going on in home building and renovations. I plan on doing a post every so often on why I hate it so much. I know it might be an issue of “taste,” but yeah, I have taste and those who like fucco don’t.

$17,849.00 for fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs?

At the June 2nd city council meeting, The City of Long Beach unanimously approved the purchase of fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs. I guess we are getting new street signs for every single street, right? Am I right? or are we getting $17,849.00 worth of DO NOT ENTER Signs? That would really cut down on traffic and fix the parking problem. What’s a fluted street pole anyway?

Well, in any case, check out the Brandon Industries website. They have lots of signs to choose from and $17,849.00 is a lot of money to spend on just a few signs. It has to be for every city street. Can somebody clarify?

Going back to my Long Beach Wish List post, I called for a more nautical theme, or at least a more utilization of the blue in those “Long Beach Welcomes You” signs. So I am hoping we’re going to be getting some blue signs that will somehow match those old blue signs along Broadway.

Breaking away from the industry-standard “green” street sign will give us an identity that will further separate us from Town of Hempstead and the rest of Long Island. Well, unless they do the same thing and buy the same stuff… haha. Anyways, So what do you think? Are we going nautical? Colonial? Ye Olde Street signs?

READ: City Council Proceedings for June 2, 2009

5. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Fluted Street Poles and Decorative Double Sided Street Signs from the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

The City Manager is authorized to purchase fluted street poles and decorative double sided street signs from Brandon Industries, Inc., McKinney, Texas at a cost of $17,849.00.

Hotels by the Sea

All this talk about the Allegria, let us not forget about Long Beach’s other hotel – Jackson by the beach. I’ve heard so many conflicting things about that place – the rooms are old, it’s a dump, the rooms have been renovated. I’ve never been inside the place myself so I can’t really comment. If you look at the website, the rooms do look really nice. I do know one thing, if you want to stay in Long Beach, you’ll save a bundle staying at the Jackson over the Allegria. Just check out these rates.

Good luck to the both of them. Whether the Jackson is a dump or not, it’s a cheaper option and competition is a good thing for both places.

One other comment on the subject: After June 16th, Jackson is going to have to change their statement on their statement: “We are also the ONLY hotel in Long Beach, New York.