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My Roof Top Adventure [The Allegria Hotel]

Last Saturday I decided to check out the root top at the Allegira Hotel (80 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY). I walked through the lobby, pressed RT on the elevator and up I went.

Right when you exit the elevator, you essentially step right into the bar area. Nobody greets and asks if you want anything. I wasn’t that thirsty, but would have caved under pressure. Perhaps a waitress should be working the room? I didn’t see any.

Walking past the bar towards the beachside was this empty room. Perhaps it’s the dance floor at night? Or perhaps it’s just wasted space?

Here are a few shots of the pool. It’s kinda small, but still awesome. Roof top pools always impress me. Alas, my attitude with being in the Long Beach is the following: Who needs a pool when you have the ocean. But I get it, not everybody likes the ocean. It is pretty cool though..swimming on top of a building? Come on!

I tried to be discreet while taking these photos. I didn’t want to look like creepy man taking photos of people in their bathing suits.

On to the beautiful vistas of Long Beach. Looking West:

Boardwalk Arts & Crafts festival, Looking East:

Directly down below was the NYSEA Skateboarding Contest & live music.

Out in the distance was the surfer Paddle Out dedicated to George Geiser, the Long Beach surfing legend who died in an auto-related incident in Puerto Rico back in 2009.

Back inside the hotel was this other room that was north of the bar. I guess it’s used for catering. A little too sparkly for my taste…

Through the windows were more breathtaking vistas of our beautiful city looking north. Allllllll the way in the distance are the North Shore Towers in Floral Park.

Can you see Manhattan?

On my way out I was reminded of the old tenant. Nice touch by the owner to leave a tiny bit of history around.

Not to knock the Allegria Hotel, but they need to learn how to make money. We were on the roof top for a good 45 minutes. Not once were we asked if we wanted a drink. I call this a missed opportunity for the hotel, because as an uninvited guest, I would have felt the pressure of paying for something. That is money for the bar, tip money for the staff, money for the hotel and tax money for Long Beach.

Staff going around asking if you want something makes you feel like you’re being watched, which is good for hotel security. But most importantly, it makes you feel like you’re being taken care of.  I’m not one who likes special treatment, but a lot of folks do; especially when you spend a ton of money staying at a fancy hotel.

Other things that bugged me: Cigarette butts on patio; no butt stations. Gum. Dirt. Weird signs saying you can reserve stuff for money. I don’t know… that comes across as tacky to me. Make money with drinks and food, not seats.

Other than that, it was really nice. Unlike most residents, I am actually a fan of this hotel and I want them to succeed. The roof top is really nice, so if you’re nosey like me, just walk in and take the elevator to RT.

Arts & Crafts Festival, NYSEA, Coffee [A Busy Weekend in Long Beach]

The Arts and Crafts Festival @ Riverside Boardwalk is happening this weekend. 9pm to 6pm both Saturday & Sunday. Over 300 vendors and many local ones, including Get BeautifiedArdenDesigns.

NYSEA: NY Surf week is still going on, although the waves are looking kinda small and choppy, so who knows if any competition will happen Saturday or Sunday. Still, lots of fun stuff happening, so check out NYSEA online for more info and schedule: www.nysea.com/nysurfweek

Coffee: Newsday Reports that Gentle Brew (151 E. Park Ave) is FINALLY opening Saturday, July 14th: Gentle Brew moves to Long Beach:

[quote]The new shop has pastries, seats, regular hours. (5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends). Coffee is still the main event, though, with everything roasted on the premises. In addition to pulled espresso drinks, you can have your joe dripped, auto-dripped or cold brewed.[/quote]


Long Beach Radio, Images of America book, “Character” Preservation

last night I had the pleasure of sitting in on a 1040AM WGBB radio broadcast which does a Long Beach segment every Tuesday between 8 & 9pm.  I got to meet a bunch of great people including Halftime Howie (the host),  the Long Beach Lady Hockey Maven & Dave Roochvarg – co-author of the the recently released Long Beach: Images of America book.

I had a blast. The show is fun, light, entertaining and filled with a ton of local info. I totally recommend it. Dial in at 1040am every Tuesday between 8 & 9pm, or listen to the streams over  @ www.am1240wgbb.com.

******A quick note on the Images of America book:  You say you don’t want to buy it from the internet because you want to support our local businesses? Well, you can always buy a copy at the Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society (226 West Penn Street).  Also, this weekend at the Arts & Crafts Fair on the Boardwalk, signed copies can be purchased, so look for their table.

******A not so quick note on the Images of America book.  The book is amazing.  So many priceless photos, historical facts and tidbits. I am learning so much about this great city.  In some ways, this book is actually making me sad.  Long Beach has all this great architecture, but so much of it has disappeared.  It’s happening more and more as new crap (see 118 to 134 E. Park Avenue) is building built.  Definitely buy this book.  Maybe it will motivate a few knuckleheads over at city hall to start caring about our city’s rich character and possibly create some sort of Historical Preservation Act – similar to what the Village of Northport is doing.  GET WITH IT YOU KNUCKLEHEADS OVER AT CITY HALL, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. (See old Penn station photos as an example of that).  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Just to remind you what the folks at Northport are up to:

(The) preservation of the Village’s heritage and character by establishing a policy which will protect and enhance historic buildings in the Village will enhance the cultural, educational, economic and general welfare of the public, and ensure the harmonious, orderly and efficient growth and development of the Village consistent with its unique heritage and character.

Surfer codes and some other random photos

Surfers code. You need to enlarge the photo to actually see what they are. Although, I shoot manual and I think my eyesight is going bad.. the photo is a little blurry…

The aftermath of the Boardwalk Arts & Crafts festival:

The Aqua on the Ocean. I took this photo about two weeks ago. The tile has since been completed and it looks really nice.

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This weekend’s Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival

I was at the beach all day Saturday baking in the sun and missed the beach wresting event. Turns out it was a Long Beach High School and Middle school event, so no “Macho Man: Randy Savage…

The 2009 Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival

I went to the Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday and it was great. So many vendors and so much variety. I’ve been to many of these festivals in NYC – like the Third Avenue Merchants Spring Expo or the Forest Hills Austin Street Festival and they are all horrible. They’re all cookie cutter festivals: same exact vendors, no matter what part of NYC you are in. They rarely have local vendors & organizations and they don’t seem to have anything with the community. Maybe the fees or permits for these events in NYC are expensive or politically controlled, but they are always lacking something and are more or less the same.

Our fair has much more of a community feel to it. The Long Beach Historical Society had a table, The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce were there, The Wounded Warrior charity, local authors selling Long Beach-related books, local artists and photographers that you would see at the Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show, a ton of local vendors and a whole lot more. I must of seen over 15 vendors selling Long Beach-related t-shirts. You’ll never see that in NYC (I Love NY doesn’t count).

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.