I went to the Phase II boardwalk meeting last year when we talked about possible structures for the boardwalk. The idea for concessions were overwhelmingly pushed by the hundred or so residents that were there. As far as I can remember, not one business owner spoke against the idea. Long Beach now has these new pee/poop/shower stations with concession components with the city asking us about what kind of concessions we’d like to see. I can’t find the link, but it was originally on this page:
‘Good food, not junk’ was the census at last year’s Phase II meeting, so I am so curious about the results of the survey, as well as who’s applying to be a vendor.There is a local preference, but I’m seriously worried some corporate company is going to come in. buy out all the leases and we’ll be stuck with crappy hot dogs and frozen french fries.
How do you folks feel about the added concessions on the boardwalk? What would you like to see as vendors?
We are happy to announce that the mural you or your family have contributed to, Home Sweet Home, is now installed on the Long Beach Boardwalk on Edwards Blvd east side of the ramp.
As many of you may or may not know it has been a work in progress to get the art installation complete and in the best location for the community for the past 2 and half years or so. We know many were anxious to see the results. As we come upon the 3rd anniversary of Sandy we are happy to announce its completion.
Your painting is one of nearly 500 pieces that make up 14, 2×2 panels of paintings. We also utilized railings and nails in the design. Each piece was glued on a marine plywood, nailed and topped with resin several times for protection.
We would like to invite you to find your piece and share in the official unveiling with the City, Sunday, October 25th from 2-4PM, hopefully the weather is good, if not we will keep you posted if things change.
Come and take photos and share them with us online, use #homesweethomelb You can find us on social media @westendarts
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WEST END ARTS, Visual Artist Guild, Inc.
A Not-for-Profit Visual Arts Organization
Serving 2 and 3 dimensional artists and the community at large
A reader was telling me this crazy story about a collision she witnessed on the boardwalk involving a kid on a scooter crashing into a cyclist. Luckily nobody got seriously hurt, but with it’s continuos flow of various modes of transportation, I have no idea how to make the boardwalk safer. I yell at strayers; that’s how I handle it. This reader tells me, “I ride with my eyes all over the place like I am playing a game of frogger.” I like that and I’m totally using it!(Original and amazing boardwalk photo was kindly provided by Christina Tisi-Kramer)
I’m not the biggest fan of the new, generic LB logo, but the street signs themselves look great. They’re definitely much needed markers for those trying to find their way around the the city. Thank you Project 11561 for letting me use this image:
A reader named Randy was asking why some of the showers on the boardwalk ramps have been replaced with cones. I don’t recall hearing about anything , but maybe one of you can explain. The first two photos are at the Laurelton ramp with Magnolia being the third. Click on the images for a larger view.
Public Works Commissioner Jim LaCarrubba gave us updates on part 1 of the Phase II: Boardwalk Reconstruction. He said that the funding is from public assistant grant money which will be reimbursed by FEMA. Feedback for the bathrooms & other amenities came from the public focus group sessions that were conducted by Sustainable LI last summer (read: BOARDWALK PHASE II MEETING – MY EXPERIENCE). Here are the results that the city presented to us last October: BOARDWALK PHASE II COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION RESULTS
Five bathrooms. Three types of bathroom buildings will be constructed on the boardwalk:
- Type 1 @ Lincoln blvd. Can be used with concession space, bathroom, outdoor shower on building. Will have benches & hanger to change clothes.
- Type 2 @ Riverside, Edwards, Grand . Will be slightly bigger than type 1. It will be set back 15 feet off boardwalk, with shade, tables, concession areas.
- Type 3 @National blvd – the center of town. It will have the usual bathrooms, etc. Will house a police booth on boardwalk plus there will be additional space which can be used for recreation, etc.
No showers indoors. Hopefully three will be done quickly. There will be temporary bathrooms in the meantime on the beach. Constructing buildings on the beach isn’t an option anymore, especially with the Army Corp project coming possibly next fall. FEMA doesn’t want bathrooms on the beach.
Other things happening:
- There will also be four more bump outs when funding comes in. Locations are at Lindell, Laurelton, Monroe and Franklin. These will provide additional shade and seating.
- Bike rentals are still coming…. no more info on that for now.
Fitness stations are being donated from an outside company and will be up this spring.