Will the Town of Hempstead Finally Join the Rest of Long Island? [Complete Streets]

The other day I did an article about bike lanes on Park Avenue in Long Beach where I briefly mentioned the Complete Streets-concept (read –Are Bike Lanes on Park Avenue even possible?). I was originally going to write more, especially on how every Long Island township, with the exception of the Town of Hempstead (TOH) were on board with Complete Streets. Newsday is reporting that the TOH are making steps to finally make it happen:

“The Hempstead Town board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a policy that would consider safety and convenient access for all users of town roads — including people in cars, on foot, on bicycles and on buses — in the design, construction and revamping of town streets. The towns of North HempsteadBabylonIslipBrookhaven and Southampton already have adopted similar policies. (Source – Hempstead to vote on road design policy)

Of course people who left comments for that article have no [insert bad curse word] clue. This does not mean that every single street will be retrofitted into a Complete Street over night. It simply means that when it’s time to redesign/renovate a road, Complete Streets will be considered.


Yeah, because white paint is soooooooooo expensive.

Get a life. Safer streets are a priority as far as I’m concerned.

(sorry, just cranky)

Why does this matter to us in Long Beach since we’re not in the Town of Hempstead? Well, all of our neighboring towns (Atlantic Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, Harbor Island, Barnum Island, Lido Beach and Point Lookout) are. Austin Blvd in Island Park, which is especially dangerous for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, is apparently undergoing a traffic study. Let’s hope they make it a safer road and not just pour new blacktop. (read – A Safer Austin Boulevard?)

I think we all pretty much agree how bicycling on Lido Blvd in Lido Beach should be safer. The current design, even with those new medians, actually makes me drive my car faster. That road would have benefited tremendously with Complete Streets. As of now, the only safe way to ride your bike there is on the sidewalk which is against the law.

Like that Newsday article says: Long Island in general is home to most of the dangerous roads in the region and the Town of Hempstead is not excluded from that.”

Barnum Landing Shopping Center (King Kullen in Island Park)

A few of you have posted and emailed me if I had any updated information on the King Kullen Shopping center that is going up just over the Michael Valente / Long Beach Bridge. So I dug around and found the following press release and development brochure:


01.31.2012 Globe St | 62,675 SF Shopping Center Headed to Island Park

By Carl Gaines

ISLAND PARK, NY-Sabre Real Estate Group has been tapped to market a 62,675-square-foot shopping center currently under construction in Island Park. A King Kullen supermarket will anchor the center once it is completed later this year.

Jayson Siano, managing principal at Sabre Real Estate Group, tells GlobeSt.com that the King Kullen will take up 39,800 square feet of space at the center, leaving a remaining 22,875 square feet up for grabs in an area that has seen little new retail development of late.

“It’s a unique opportunity because it’s a smaller trade area that joins the communities of Long Beach and Oceanside,” Siano says. “This is a tremendous opportunity for retailers based on the fact that there are not many new grocery store development sites on Long Island in general.”

The Barnum Landing Shopping Center, Siano points out, will sit adjacent to the bridge to Long Beach. “It’s really an extension of the Long Beach community itself so it’s a great opportunity for retailers to access both Long Beach and Oceanside, obviously Island Park as well, with a new exciting development,” he says.

Demographics in the area are favorable for retail as well. More than 300,000 people live within a five-mile radius of the site and those residents have a median household income of $83,555.

When asked what types of retailers have expressed interest in the remaining space, Siano lists all the usual suspects for grocery-anchored spots, including home improvement, fitness and financial institutions. The configuration of the space would lend itself to any of these, he says.

The six-acre shopping center is owned by Barnum Land Development LLC.



Ye Olde Nunley’s Carousel

Yes, this is somewhat Long Beach-related.

A few weeks ago I found myself at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at museum row in Garden City. I somehow, to my surprise, stumbled upon the old Nunley’s Carousel – restored to its glory and opened to the public for two bucks a ride. Of course I went for a ride and WOW, did it bring back some memories! I don’t think I’ve been on that carousel since the late 80’s.

So I’m not about to give you the history of this carousel or Nunley’s in particular. For that, please visit the Nunley’s section @ the Cradle of Aviation website.

The Carousel was restored with new marquees depicting the best of Nassau County and Long Beach is represented twice! One marquee said “Surfing in Long Beach” and had a painting of a surfer catching a wave.  The other was of Hotel Nassau, which doesn’t exactly exist anymore, but it was cool nonetheless (see photo below). The new organ music was a lot of fun as well. I read that it was composed by former Long Beach resident Billy Joel… haha

So if you are looking for a place for a cheap date, or you need to entertain your kids for a bit, please check out the old Nunley’s Carousel. It was a lot of fun and it brought back so many memories.

Since we are on the topic of Nunley’s, the old Ferris Wheel is right over the bridge in Barnum Island next to Jordon Lobster farm.  I “borrowed” this photo from Jordan’s website, but I am giving them free advertising, so they shouldn’t mind.

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