[quote]Scaffolding has clung to Long Beach City Hall for 2 1/2 years, since a brick fell from the now-54-year-old building’s facade.
The equipment, which city officials and residents have decried as an eyesore, has cost the city $850 per month for about 30 months (roughly $25,500), but officials say it is necessary to prevent another brick from falling and possibly injuring a pedestrian.
…The City Council last month approved a $4.35 million capital project plan that includes about $500,000 to repair the facade. The scaffolding will need to remain until the work is complete, said Jim LaCarrubba, the city’s public works commissioner.
[quote]The design work is under way, LaCarrubba said. Fixing the facade will involve replacing part of the building’s ventilation system, he said.[/quote]
What design work? Newsday is calling this project a ‘face-lift’. Will it cost all that money ( $500,000) to fix one brick and the ventilation system, or does ‘face-lift’ mean a new look for City Hall as well? Because I have a design suggestion:
In the interest of openness and transparency, the City Council will be appointing a new President every six months. It is the Council’s intention that Fran Adelson, having just completed her first six months in office as Council President, will be turning over the title to Len Torres. Scott J. Mandel will be stepping in as Vice President. These changes will occur at Thursday night’s meeting (source – Rotating City Council Officers)
I like this idea. Although, I must admit, I don’t exactly know what the duties are of the president compared to the other council members. I know I can look that up, but I’m hoping one of you readers can explain it.
I do like this sharing of power though; let’s give everybody a turn. The real question is: Will City Councilmen Michael Fagen and John McLaughlin be part of the rotation?
I’m hearing that Charles T. Theofan’s reign as City Manager is officially done as of today. A source has told me that Theofan took his $60,000 check and ran – allegedly because (his own words) “they were asking me to do things I didn’t want to do.” If true, who “they” are can be left for debate, but I’m sure most of you who have been following Long Beach politics can make a safe assumption who “they” are. The real question is “What didn’t he want to do?” Allegedly.
For those of you who CAN drive, walk, jog, run, skip or ride a bike: the ceremony is @ 12pm, 6th floor at City Hall (See Event Details).
Speaking of no bus service… City Hall did the same thing last year. Those who rely on the service, especially the disabled, can’t get around, yet the city has no problem handing out retirement payouts galore. They should have at least provided limited service for those who really need it.
The Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market is back this Wednesday, December 14th. I got a confirmation from Bernadette, the market manager and she added that they might actually be outside if the weather is decent.
So whether inside City Hall or out at Kennedy Plaza, don’t forget that the hours have changed:
10am to 2pm every Wednesday until sometime February 2012.
So what vendors will be there? Bernadette says “As far as the line up goes, I don’t want to spoil the fun so, people will have to come down and check it out. I can say that there will be two groups though as we cannot all fit in the Lobby.”
So there you go. Starting December 14th, the Farmers Market will be in the City Hall lobby(1 West Chester Street). Wednesdays only from 10 am to 2pm until February 2012.
Don’t forget to FRIEND the Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market on Facebook.
Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market fans and shoppers rejoiced! This year’s market, which originally was supposed to end November 23rd has extended it’s months to the indoors. Starting Wednesday, December 14th the Market will reopen in the lobby of City Hall (1 West Chester Street). Shall we then call it the City Hall Farmer’s Market?
@ City Hall it will be open Wednesdays only from 10 am to 2pm until February 2012. Don’t forget to FRIEND the Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market on Facebook. (My source!)
I did a quick search on ebay for Long Beach, NY and came across these wonderful old postcards. Enjoy!
Ahhh…. The old Long Beach City Hall. The clock tower was supposed to be preserved, but collapsed when the new City Hall was being build. The New City Hall definitely needs some sort of facelift and I would love to see a new clock tower- as mentioned in a previous post (see: Mermaids, Neptune, “Save the Clock Tower” & the City Seal).
Different views of Hotel Nassau:
A front view of Hotel Nassau. I could be wrong, but I believe this building still exists; with the bottom and top facade being different of course!
Last, but not least, The Bathing Pavilion – such a cute building with that second floor patio & pergola. Oh, and an Ice Cream shop! Ahh, the good old days…