Work being done at Granada Towers. Ahh the rumors. Don’t fear the rumors. [UPDATED]

granadaReader comment on facebook:

“There was cracking on the supporting corner column and on Riverside. Now they are repairing it. No need for fear, it is being fixed.

It also sounds like it’s a mix of minor-structural and cosmetic. Nothing to worry about. We are all just going nuts over that terrace collapse from last week. I love this building, so I am glad it’s getting some upgrades and beautification.

original story:

I never used Dr. Leo, but I hear he is a great Chiropractor. Are you wondering why his office is now in a trailer on Park Avenue? Well it’s for a very good reason. My source described ‘very thick wooden support beams recently being install to support the structure.’ Are we talking the full structure?  Much like the recent-Hermine storm, its hard to forecast what potential damage could have happened, but work is getting done. Phew!

Along with those ‘corner band-aids’ in the above photo, there has been some controversy with this beautiful National Historic Building. Some of you might recall my past blogs:



A new proposal for a full service Long Beach Medical Center: It’s booze or nothing


APRIL FOOLS! After saying a full service medical center in Long Beach would lose $10 million a year, SNMC is back with a new proposal in response to strong resident criticism. Calling it a last ditch effort, SNMC’s new plan would include a full service 24 hour bar/emergency room which would serve hard liquor, wine and local craft beers.

“It would be a steady and much needed revenue stream. A liquor license application has been submitted, so now it’s a waiting game. There is literally nothing else we can do to make a full service hospital work in Long Beach,” a hospital spokesperson tells SBTC, “It’s booze or nothing.”

SNMC hopes to have the booze hospital open by 2018. You will need to be 21 and older to be admitted.


Single-Structure House proposed for the Foundation Block

singlehouserenderingAPRIL FOOLS! Jonas Grumby, the new owner for the foundation block is seeking to convert the densely zoned property into a single-structure house. Grumby believes his humble plan won’t face any opposition, “I could put two giant towers there, but residents are up in arms with density and parking issues in this city. My plan appropriately fits the needs of the community.”

Paying full taxes on this single-structure house is Grumby’s intention. “I’m not seeking IDA abatements, so I expect the Long Beach community to rally behind this plan. Let’s move it forward. Let’s do it. Let’s re-zone it for a single structure house so I can pay my fair share.”

When asked about the structure spanning the entire foundation block or the unconventional connecting rooflines, Grumby had this to say, “There is no workaround, no loophole. This proposal is for one structure, one house. I’m not sure what the big fuss is over. They are courtyards. I love courtyards. Is it one big roof? Yes, it is. End of discussion.”

The Zoning Board of Appeals will vote on the zoning change later this month.

My Name is Jonas [to be updated all weekend]

Rather than doing a million weather posts, I’ll just keep updating this one whenever I can. I’m not a weather man, so expect my typical stupid stuff.


Saturday, 1:56 pm:

Hey New York Islanders & New York Mets fans, here is CJ Papa talking to our City Manager on FIOS1:  No major flooding from morning high tide in Long Beach. Just one minor flooding spot on the bay side, says city manager

Saturday, 1:39 pm:

News12:  Gov. Cuomo orders LIE travel ban, LIRR suspension

Parkways closed 2:30pm, LIRR stops 4pm. So if you have tickets to something in the city such as The Book of Mormon, looks like you’re out of luck. Hasa Diga Eebowai!!!

Saturday, 11:06 am:

Park looks pretty good. 
Saturday, 9:17 am:
I’m receiving reports of frozen pants running amok around the city. This photo was taken late last night. [They’re coming to get you, Barbara….]


Saturday, 9:06 am:
Watch Video: Stacey Sager is live in [Long Beach] with the latest details [WABC News]. This video was taken Friday night in the Canals.

Saturday, 8:16 am:
So far I think the NY Post prediction is off. The Oscars are still whiter.  

Saturday, 8:12 am:
Looks like the real concern will be Sunday night: 

Friday, 10:48 pm:
It’s snowing.


Planting trees? It’s January!

Brrrr it's cold! Seems like the perfect day to plant TREES????First they plant in June and now January?!?! City of…

Posted by Project 11561 on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Long Beach got run over by a reindeer [My annual State of the Blog Address]

I know. I keep using my same old photo of City Hall.

My annual State of the Blog Address:

Merry Christmas, everybody!The blog might be slightly quiet for the next two weeks due to me being busy with major holiday spirit. But you never know… sometimes I’ll go a few days without any posts, then I’ll do five in one hour.  SO FEAR NOT! SBTC is not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, I just renewed the domain name for a long time. What is my actual goal here? I have no clue. Perhaps one day when I retire from my real job, I’ll turn this into something meaningful, but for now it’s still  my personal journey, opinions and commentary of our wonder city by the sea. You are welcome to stay or leave. That is entirely up to you. (Speaking of something meaningful….. for those who are slightly curious: Google adsense maybe gives me a few bucks a month. ads? I’ve had those since the summer and I haven’t made a cent. Why do I keep them up? Because I am truly bored… lol. They are purely there out of curiosity and boredom, not capitalism.)

As always, please email me your questions, comments, events, business advertisements, etc. etc. I never, ever, not once ever charged a business to advertise on this blog, so please feel free in sending me your business info. I would love to help promote it! I’m terrible in keeping up with facebook messages, so emailing me directly is the best way to go.

I’m grateful with all the wonderful folks I’ve met because of this blog. I also love all the positive feedback I received that keeps this thing going. Just yesterday I was told by a local business woman how SBTC is a staple to this city. You have no idea how much that means to me. I am deeply humbled. Thank you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ll see you all in 2016 (unless I decide to post something beforehand, because you never know with me…). 2016 is going to be a great year for Long Beach. I CAN FEEL IT!

A Tale of Two Party Bosses [I am so confused]


First there was this letter:


But Newsday reports the following:

“Ousted city Democratic leader Mike Zapson held one election party with Eramo and Torres, while Moore joined newly elected Long Beach Democratic Committee Chairman Rob Solomon at a another party. Moore later joined Eramo and Torres and expressed disappointment that they had not initially shared the win together.

Solomon assumed the Long Beach leadership last month, while Zapson has continued to lead the old Long Beach Democratic Committee.  [Newsday: Amid Democratic infighting, Long Beach elects its first African-American woman to city council]

Now over at Long Beach Matters To You,  the following comment was printed:

“It was an absolute landslide victory for the Democratic team in Long Beach. This mandate validates the hard work of the Democratic administration, and it serves as clear evidence that the people agree – the City is moving in the right direction!

We w
ould like to thank our hundreds of volunteers who helped along the way – from knocking doors to making phone calls – our team did an amazing job. The Long Beach Dems remain an incredibly strong and united organization, and that’s because of your support for the local team. We are an independent group, unaffiliated with any county organization, and we will continue to work together to make sure Long Beach gets better all the time. Long Beach Democrats know Long Beach best!

Together, we will continue the progress and keep Long Beach moving forward – just as our local team has for the past four years. 

– Michael G. Zapson”

Under that, the new democratic leader Robert Solomon states the following:

“We are building a bigger, more engaged, more optimistic democratic party. I am working on this right now with our team. I do not see the rationale for the continued divisiveness given the obvious success of the new democratic committee and i will choose instead to thank and welcome the hundreds who have contributed their time and money for a different local vision of long beach.

So how long can Long Beach sustain two democratic parties?  This is confusing. I’m confused.



FEMA Fans have been installed, but it’s still a good idea to check the weather

largefansWith a one trillion dollar storm protection grant, dozens of large fans have been installed along our beachfront to combat Joaquin. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still prepare. I asked my friends where they get weather news. Here are the results:

Closed Facebook Group Idea & Blog reboot.

I am thinking of starting a closed SEABYTHECITY facebook group, where you would have to agree to simple terms (that protect me) for membership. Only members will be able to read posts and participate. It will be a place were we can share all the insanity that goes on in this city by the sea. Stuff that I don’t post on the blog, including personal stuff that I am going through. I will post more info on this as soon as it goes live.

ALSO, be on the lookout for a new reboot of the blog. I am kinda busy for the next two weeks, but stay tuned for all this. 2014-11-13 19.18.48