Decobikes coming July 4th?, Fine Arts Show, Historical Marker @ the LIRR

(A Decobike kiosk sits empty on the Olive St & Edwards Blvd intersection, two weeks after installed.)


The DecoBike bikes are coming this July 4th, according to a recent Newsday article titled: Long Beach bicycle rental program to roll. Well that sucks. Didn’t Deco get the memo that our beach season is a lot shorter than that in Miami? I call this a major missed opportunity, as June is an important beach month to the city. I also feel like more kiosks should have been installed at the LIRR, so visitors can use these bikes to ride around and spend money. I mean, isn’t that the whole idea?

Safety concern was actually the bulk of the Newsday article:

“Residents, and some Long Beach officials, said the bicycles could bring a rise in traffic accidents and make driving in the city more difficult on busy beach days. 

If the city really cared about safety, they should place more speed bumps at stop signs (especially at roads heading to the Park Avenue stop lights), enforce speeding laws and narrow the roads. Also, like what Allison said in the article “bicycle safety education”. Instead, the city installs more stop signs which does nothing, for I watch automobiles drive though them at full speed all day long. One of these days I should just video tape in and post it on here.. I just have to figure out how to blur the moving license plates.


One local artist told me the event was a huge success: “Every artist I spoke to seems happy, so I’m happy.” The fine arts show is a great way for local artists to get their stuff out there. Oh and it didn’t rain! Although it did seem like there were less vendors this year. Maybe the possibility rain scared some away….


During the city’s 90th anniversaty celebration of becoming a city, the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association unveiled a new historial marker (photo below) at our Long Beach LIRR station. We already have historial markers scattered across the city, but I love this new one. It looks like it’s built to last, plus the coloring is fantastic.  Advice: Let’s now bring one to our historical boardwalk and make sure you mention the elephants.


A Plethora of Kennedy Plaza Activities this Weekend (And that’s a good thing)

Just a reminder of all the events going on at Kennedy Plaza this weekend. The Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market and Arts in the Plaza will still be going on this Saturday along side the 18th Annual Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show which is Saturday & Sunday. I guess you can say it’s really three events rolled into one. Lots of local artists, including Arden Designs, which was previously featured on this blog. If any participating artist wishes to send in an example of their work or link, please contact me via the contact page. The full list is below:

  • Kristie Arden – Beach Photography & Coastal Greeting Cards 
  • Meg Azzoni – Water, Oil & Acrylic Paintings
  • Dorothy Beriss – Photography
  • Andrew Boyton – Fine Art Giclees & Hand Drawn Ball Point Pen Tagua Pendants
  • Michael Colette
  • Mannel Contrbras – Sculpture
  • William Farran – Prints
  • Beth Rose Feuersteen – Photography
  • Ed Kennedy – Photography
  • Steven Klein – Acrylic Paintings
  • Christina Kramer – Photography
  • David Langdon – Sand, Shell & Driftwood Assemblages
  • Mark Lerner – Photography
  • Nicholas Meola – Digital Montage
  • Jeff Mitchel – Photography
  • Barbara Mosca – Watercolors
  • Neil J Murphy – Photography
  • Paul Musaracchia – Metal Sculpture
  • Soloman Nat – Mixed Media/Acrylic
  • Denes Petoe – Photography
  • Israel Rubinstein – Oils & Acrylic Paintings
  • Deidre Ryan
  • Vladimir Sedov – Pastel and Water Colors
  • Chloe Wang – Oil Paintings
  • Marck Webster – Color Pencils 

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).

Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show!

The Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show is this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It’s a great event for artists to get there stuff out AND for shoppers to buy more art for themselves and their walls!

Two artists that will be there that I’d like to mention:

  • Steven Klein @ Steven is a fascinating guy who loves to talk about Battlestar Galactica and other science fiction shows and books. I love his art work too!
  • Erica Milone of Barefoot Photography. I did a post on her Erica’s Long Beach postcards a couple of months ago. I just read on facebook that she will be there, so I figured I’d give her a plug! Along with postcards, Erica also sells framed photos, blank greeting cards & other hand crafted goods!

Both are long Island artists, so stop by and say hi and support them as well as the fifty other artists that will be there. I just hope it doesn’t rain……