Here comes the sun!

Spring! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, to me it is. I’m pretty tired of snow and cold weather. It’s time to dust off those lungs and get some fresh air for a change! I love the spring and spending it here in Long Beach makes it so much better. Sorry television, but I’ll see you in the fall. I have a boardwalk to visit.

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-Anthony
(photo by: me! email me your Long Beach photos and I’ll post them)

Random Updates

Well the winter is almost officially here and all is quiet here in this sleepy beach town.

I went to Sugo Cafe and liked it. The owner was really nice and they have live entertainment and comedy on the weekends. It’s not your typical Italian food that you would find at Gino’s or Mulberry Street. Being an Italian myself it was pleasantly surprised and not bored. Mulberry Street was a little too boring for me (sorry).

Green Cactus has been open for a few months and I suggest everybody to try it if you haven’t already. It’s a local Long Island franchise and one of the better ones.

Five Guys Burgers is also open. I love the checkerboard / old diner look. I wish them success. Unfortunately I probably won’t eat there that much. When I want a burger, I usually just throw it on the grill.

The Allegria Hotel & Spa (King David Manor) website claims that they will be open for business this March and they are already taking reservations.

No news on the Bayfront development or the Superblock, but it looks like city might consider using Meter parking on the West End of town.. As if parking there didn’t suck already…..

Lido Blvd traffic!! What is the deal?

What’s with the traffic on Lido Boulevard? Lately it’s been getting worse and worse. It took me forty minutes just to drive what normally takes five. Road construction on the boulevard has been making life miserable for us commuters; Making us angry, late for work, and causing us to drive like maniacs as soon we exit the construction zone.

I’ve been monitoring the road work for the past month or so and couldn’t even figure out what the contractors were doing. First they chopped the street up, dug only 2 feet deep, and started filling it in with stone. No pipe work. No sewer work. Nada. It just didn’t make sense! Then it hit me… They are turning Lido Boulevard into an actual Boulevard – a real median with planters, trees, and the works!

According to Wikipedia, a “boulevard (often abbreviated Blvd) is usually a wide, multi-lane arterial thoroughfare, divided with a median down the center, and “roads” along each side designed as slow travel and parking lanes and for bicycle and pedestrian usage, often with an above-average quality of landscaping and scenery.”

This median will certainly spruce up the road and make it scenic, but pretty trees aren’t the main reason for this project. According to this New York Times article, safety is the main reason here; a safe median for pedestrians and bike riders as they cross the dangerous six lane blvd on their way to the beach.

Safety and beauty. Sounds like a win-win situation for all! Unfortunately, it comes with a price of making our lives miserable until the project is complete. So when will that be? I did some digging around the Nassau County website and I found the project page: Project 60010 – Lido Boulevard Improvements. According to the project schedule, everything should be complete June 17, 2008!!! What do you expect? I will update this article with more info as soon as I get it.

King David Manor…. the Second?

The King David Manor.

Yes, we all know it. Yes, we all loathe it. It definitely has been an eyesore in the community for so many years. So many people know about this building that it actually starting looking at it as if it were a landmark. I actually find the building to be charming.. but the again, I am weird. well say “good bye” to King David and say “hello” to The Allegria Hotel and Spa.

Renovations are currently underway by the Alrose Group. After digging around their website I found a photo of the finished product:

When done, this “King David II” (aka Allegria Hotel & Spa) will be two stories taller and a lot fancier. It will actually be marketed as an alternative to the Garden City hotel- and why not? It’s 15 minutes to JFK. Walking distance to the LIRR, and it’s on the beach!!! It’s basically a win-win situation for Alrose Group, Long Beach, and those with lots of money.