An exclusive on an exclusive

As illustrated by my horrible photoshop job, Beech Street Taxi has a deal with the Allegria to be the hotel’s exclusive taxi provider – giving hotel guests direct access to the Airports, NYC, The Inwood Country club, or wherever else guests want to go.

Beech Street Taxi will conveniently have a few cars parked right outside the hotel lobby entrance all the time. This is no big deal for most folks, but this is a big deal for Long Beach Taxi, the area’s other major taxi company.

All most there… but not quite there yet

I actually feel bad for the Allegria. The season is near, but completion doesn’t appear so. The Allegria website says it’s opening June 16th; that is almost a month from when this photo was taken. I really want them to succeed. I know a lot of locals are against this type of development – it will bring tourists and traffic and blah blah blah. But you know what? I don’t care. It’s silly for Long Beach to not have a really nice hotel. Very silly. I like how bold the design is. It’s not just another beige building on the boardwalk. It will bring some life to the area and some money to the local businesses. I know one thing, I definitely want to stay there for a night just to check it out. Anybody at Allegria want to give me a discount?

Beach Chairs and Umbrellas!

According to some notes from the last City Council meeting, It appears that the city will test chair and umbrella rentals on the beach this summer. And why not? It could bring lots of revenue to the city.

Hopefully they will plant a rental store right in front of the new Allergria Hotel. Not to mention the amount of beach-goers that come off the LIRR on a hot summer day. Four rental locations were mentioned, but not identified.

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…..

Allegria Hotel & Spa

The Allegria Hotel & Spa website is now live.

http://www.allegriahotel.com/

Promising “breathtaking views of the Atlantic and the NYC skyline” this Hotel & Spa signals a major change to Long Beach – transforming it from a sleepy beach community into a year round alternative to NYC or fancy Long Island Hotels like the Garden City Hotel. Hopefully it will remain an affordable place to live – buying or renting.

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.