Proposed Barnum Bridge work

Newsday: Island Park’s Barnum Bridge to have limited closures in fall

Nyscr.ny: Construction Mgmt Svces-Bridge Imp-Barnum Isl-PIN 0760.42

Hey NY State, please don’t make the same mistakes the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County keep doing. Do this right. Make sure there’ a save passage for cyclists and pedestrians. What about a little platform for those guys who love to fish by the dump?

This construction sounds like it’s going to be terrible for commuting, but if the money is there, we need to take it.

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Safe Haven Music (A new music store in Island Park!)

11796320_475238889317090_5904433509524848328_nSafe Haven Music in Island Park sells new and used/vintage musical instruments as well as guitar tuning/repairs and restringing services.

As of now they mostly sell guitars, basses, and amps, but are looking to expand into band instruments within the next 6-8 months.

Brendan, the owner,  happens to be a full-time junior @ Stony Brook pursuing a pre-med curriculum.  As a result, the shop currently has limited hours: Fri 4-8, Sat 11-7, Sun 10-3. Mondays thru Thursdays are by appointments only.

From now until the end of December, Safe Haven Music is a LI Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank dropoff point receiving donations of non-perishable food and personal care products. Stop by, say hi, shop locally and donate while you are there!

Safe Haven Music 
237 Long Beach Road
Island Park, NY 11558

Former-M’s Family Restaurant to become Laundry Palace

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.50.37 AMScreen Shot 2015-11-09 at 11.01.11 AMMy sources are telling me that Laundry Palace, who already occupies a space in Island Park, will be moving to the Former-M’s Family Restaurant in Island Park (4160 Austin Blvd).

Not much of a big deal, but I am fascinated by this property. No restaurant seems to be able to make it there, as if the location was jinxed. Will the days of seeing it vacant end with a giant laundromat? Perhaps. I personally always thought that would make a fantastic location for a Sonic, but what do I know.

NEWSDAY: Blighted motel won’t reopen, county says

The Long Beach Motor Inn, Island Park, NY.

Please no more stores. Island Park has too many vacancies already and the last thing they need is another shopping center that will hurt the downtown even more. Well, glad there is some movement. I’m tired of looking at that crappy building with the words LONG BEACH on it.

Here is the link to the NEWSDAY article: Blighted motel won’t reopen, county says

Past SEABYTHECITY articles on the topic:


Panera Bread’s Island Park Opening to Support Sandy Relief (Opens Monday, Oct 14th!)

Island Park, NY (October 7, 2013) ― On Monday, October 14, Panera Bread will open in Island Park’s Barnum Landing Shopping Center. To jumpstart its goal of community involvement, the bakery-cafe is pledging 10% of its first day sales to the Long Beach, Island Park and Oceanside Hurricane Relief Funds.

“This area was definitely one of the hardest hit during hurricane Sandy and now, nearly a year later, there’s still much work to be done to restore homes and get the community up and running,” says Greg George, Vice President of Operations for Panera. “We are committed to helping the communities we serve and we look forward to making a positive difference.”

Starting Monday, October 14, Panera Bread will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday and 7AM to 9PM on Sunday.


Panera Bread is coming to Island Park

UPDATE: Confirmed.  

That’s what I’m hearing. Panera Bread will be King Kullen’s co-tenant over at the Barnum Landing Shopping Center. A few quick google searches brought me to this Ripco advertisement, which calls the deal ‘proposed,’ but I’m hearing that the deal is done.

While commercial strip stores are completely over-saturated (and vacant) in Island Park, a Panera-style café is much needed in the area (aka they don’t sell burgers or pizza.) I always felt this type of place would do well on Park Avenue in Long Beach as an alternative to the typical diner. Perhaps one of these days Paninis & Bikinis will open an East End Location? Oh, one can dream…….




Abdul Bird Fundraiser (The 14 year old boy who got hit on Lido Blvd)

Ribeye Bros in Island Park is hosting a fundraiser for Abdul Bird, the 14 year old boy who was struck by a car on his way to his 8th grade graduation practice in Long Beach last month.

His condition is slowly improving. He was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Port Jefferson. His family needs everyones help. Please come down and show your support.

Halftime Howie a local radio station will be broadcasting live. There will be a food eating contest between the LB Bulldogs and LB Gladiators. Abdul t -shirts will be sold for 15$. ALL proceeds will go to helping Abdul and his family.

The Event is this Tuesday, July 10th @ 8pm.

Ribeye Bros
4455 Broadway
Island Park, NY 11558