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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.

118 to 134 E. Park Ave.

Long Beach Herald – After the blaze. Construction begins on Park Ave. building lost in fire

The new stores, which will occupy 118 to 134 E. Park Ave., between Riverside and Long Beach boulevards, will have a more contemporary feel instead of the Spanish-style architecture that was popular in the 1940s and ’50s, when the building was constructed. “It’s really going to stand out and be a showpiece on Park Avenue,” Rettner said.”

This is terrible…. so much for preserving the historic look of our commercial district. According to the article, the Long Beach Historical Society agrees.  Well, the new look better not be fucco, but I have a feeling it will be.


Historic Site: London Planetree (circa 1881)

There are a bunch of historic sites scattered all over Long Beach. Every once in a while I will post one of them. The Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society dedicated this London Planetree as being of historical significance on June 11th, 2000. This tree can be found on the southeast corner of E. Penn Street & Riverside Blvd. Not much more can be said about this tree then what is already written on the plaque below. Click on the photo for a bigger image.

(All photos were taken by me.)

The future of Long Beach being considered:

A collection of interesting notes taken from the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Master Plan & Planning Board Charrettes.

1. A redesign of Waldbaums shopping center – the only shopping center in Long Beach. Strip stores – bring those stores to the street with parking in the rear. It would compliment the downtown district better.

2. Would Long Beach ever consider licensing bed & breakfasts?

3. Artwork included in building design of new high rises, similar to Portland, Oregon.

4. The redevelopment of the bayfront area located between Long Beach Boulevard and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Conceptual plans include: a 250-slip marina, “salt air” performing arts center / amphitheater, promenade, five mixed-use towers that would contain residential units, a marine science center, restaurants, A water taxi to Island Park.

5. An architect has been hired by the City to design the Recreation facility rehabilitation project. Upon completion, the facades of the Recreation center and ice arena will compliment one another.

6. The location of the Public Works municipal parking garage on Long Beach Boulevard is considered problematic. In addition to its appearance and the congestion caused on Long Beach Boulevard by city vehicles having difficulty turning into the lot, there is not enough room in the structure for the addition of a natural gas refueling station. As a result, at this time, the City is unable to switch to more environmentally friendly natural gas vehicles.

7. Appropriate placement of bicycle facilities and racks, clear marking of the pedestrian route from the LIRR station to the boardwalk, and provision of shuttle bus service between the LIRR station and beach areas, would act to reduce traffic and beachfront parking needs.

8. The Long Beach Island Landmarks Association have also been working toward the creation of a Long Beach Historic District that would include the West Penn Street blockfront with parcels from National Boulevard to Lafayette Boulevard.