Commemorating The Wreck of the Mexico at Long Beach (1837) [October 20th]

The Long Beach Island Landmarks Association (LBILA) will commemorate the loss of the 115 passengers and crew members when the ship Mexico wrecked on January 2, 1837, just two hundred yards off of Long Beach. The victims – most of them Irish immigrants – froze to death on the deck of the ship, within sight of the land of their dreams. The unveiling of a plaque near the spot where they perished will help us remember this terrible tragedy. Joining the LBILA are many local historical societies and community groups who want to share their connection with those who died that day. 

For the past 20 years, the AOH of Nassau County and Historical Society of East Rockaway and Lynbrook have sponsored an annual ceremony at the victims’ gravesite in Lynbrook.  The LBILA is pleased to host this year’s ceremony with the unveiling of a historic plaque on the boardwalk. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 AM. On the boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd. in Long Beach, N.Y.


An old Superblock article from 2001, as one resident laments all those years of lost tax revenue

I was asked by my Seabythecity unpaid intern to share the following article with you all. It’s an old Newsday piece from 2001 on the superblock.  Here we are 17 years later and the superblock is still a hot topic in Long Beach. Anyway, this is what my unpaid intern told me:

“I was there [in 2001] when Haberman made his presentation. It looked great to me. He was shot down because “he didn’t have hotel experience”?
As you know, Haberman built Sea Point Towers. They are pros. That site would have been generation full taxes more than 15 years if the LB Dems had put LB first.”

US Coast Guard Station, Long Beach NY c. pre 1918. Is that smaller building part of Shine’s today?

A long time reader of the blog sent me the following: Anthony – This is a photo that I obtained from the US Coast Guard, office of the historian years ago.  It depicts the USCG Station in Long Beach NY c. pre 1918, when it burned down.  It is said to have been sited “Near NY Avenue.”

It is of interest for several reasons.  If you look closely at the left end of the building near to the eaves, there are two arrows. The arrow closest to the building points to a low black building.  That building was Oscars Fishing Station a long time fixture in the West end.  Oscar’s stood in the bayfront street end, west side of Pennsylvania  Avenue, and was still there in the 1960’s. I have asked two old geezers who actually bought bait there and they confirm that that is Oscars.

A second arrow to the left of the first points to the remains of The Flushing Fishing Club which was across the bay roughly opposite the Delaware Avenue Street end. The land on that side of the bay was and still is owned by the Village of Lawrence, NY.  The fishing club building fell down in the 1960’s.

At the right edge of the picture is a small building which is part of the Coast Guard Station.  Anecdotal history says that Part of Shine’s Bar on West Beech Street  “was the old LB Coast Guard Station” and I think that this is it.  All early CG Stations were built just like this building to house the life boat and equipment.  Crews were local fishermen who lived at their homes near the station  There are good postcard pictures on the net of the Old Pt Lookout CG station and this is a match.

If you go to Shines bar, look at the small part of the building that houses the bar itself. Small room, low ceiling, just the size to hold a lifeboat.

That time when Long Beach marked the end point of the NYC marathon [Long Beach History]

From Doug Sheer of the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association

The Long Beach Marathon

While Long Beach hosts many runs along its 2.2 mile boardwalk, there was a time when Long Beach marked the end point of a NYC marathon. In two consecutive years, 1927 and 1928, the NYC – Long Beach Marathon was one of the headline runs in the country. The star of the 1927 marathon was a Native American from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona by the name of Quanowahu along with his tribal brother Pohoquaptewa. Their local competition was the well-known runner, Albert Michelsen from Stamford, Connecticut. The marathon was held under the auspices of the Lions Club of Long Beach and the Metropolitan Association of the American Athletic Union. The course started at 59th Street and 6th Avenue at noon and crossed the Queensboro Bridge. Participants ran along Queens Boulevard through Jamaica and then along Merrick Road to Lynbrook where they headed south to Long Beach and ended at City Hall. Continue reading “That time when Long Beach marked the end point of the NYC marathon [Long Beach History]”

Historical Photo from the 1950’s: Sea Isle Beach Club

Sent in by Kayo:

Picture was taken c. early 1950s in East Atlantic Beach, View is to the east.

Jetty is on Troy Avenue.  Big white building is the then Sea Isle Beach Club which was  between Trenton and Nevada Avenues, right on the western border of The City of LB.   Had other names as it was seemingly unprofitable no matter what it was named.  Local legend says it was built by bootleggers during prohibition and was a receiving station for the refreshments arriving from sea.

A few years later it was named The Shore Country Club. That’s what it was when it burned to the ground. The blurry white stuff on the roof is big letters saying “Sea Isle”.

Photo credit: Kayo collection

A reader comments on the marina portion of the Comprehensive Plan / LWRP presentation

The following comment is from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. It’s regarding the marina portion of the Comprehensive Plan / LWRP presentation.  Here is my recent post on the topic: LONG BEACH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN/ LWRP [NOTES, OPINIONS, IDEAS, CONCEPTS] 

“Putting the marina by the water plant is Ironic. Back in the 60’s there was a nice marina/fishing station on that exact spot.  City hall demolished it to build the water plant. At Magnolia where the Rec is now was another marina. Boat rentals and sales, outboard and inboard motors serviced and sold there.  Moorings and a restaurant. Both locations were thriving businesses that were demolished  to make way for the now existing eyesores.

I doubt that LB can support a marina these days. There were three marinas in the 60’’s and earlier. The third one was at NY Ave and the bay. That was demolished for condos to be built.  Three marinas in Island park are now on the ropes from Hurricane Sandy. The LB area can support maybe one small marinas that have not only slips for rent but large yards for boat winter storage and repair shops to maintain them. Boats in this area spend more time out of the water than in the water. There are many fewer boats in the area now in the 21st century.”4

New York Public Library has a ton of public domain images. Here are a few of Long Beach.

"Intersection E. Park Place and Park Ave"
“Intersection E. Park Place and Park Ave”
"New York -- A Scene At Long Beach, The New And Popular Seaside Resort."
“New York — A Scene At Long Beach, The New And Popular Seaside Resort.”

Lots of amazing public domain images have been added to the New York Public Library Digital Collections website. Below are a few of Long Beach, including a couple of Estate Maps, postcard of the Long Beach Hotel and a menu from the hotel dated  8/18/1900. Mush and Milk!

Read more about this here [LINK]. And here is the link where you can search for more:
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