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.


In front of City Hall! [A Bulletin Board]

I’m excited because I blogged about these bulletin boards like a year and a half ago (December 9th, 2011: Beautifying Long Beach – Community Bulletin Boards.) Yes, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

It looks like this bulletin board was put here by the Long Beach Landmarks Association. Instead of the usual display of upcoming events, this board looks like a showcase of Long Beach architecture and history.

bulletin board

A New ‘Historical’ Addition To Our Boardwalk, Courtesy of the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association

Nestled on the boardwalk between the Allegria Hotel (80 W. Broadway) and the lifeguard station is this new historical marker, courtesy of the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association. I love these historical markers. I was expecially excited by the one that was installed in front of our LIRR earlier this year (see – article from June 11th, 2012) and would love to see more. So far we have the boardwalk, Red Brick district & LIRR station highlighted. How about our neighborhoods? I’d love to read about how the Walks got started, or the history behind the canals. What other historical landmark in Long Beach can we highlight with a marker?

Below is a closeup photo for your reading pleasure, but go on the boardwalk just west of National Blvd and check it out yourself! I am a tad jealous by some of the history that was posted: A music park? Tennis courts? Dance pavilion ‘Castles by the Sea’? Amusement rides? Arcades? Mini-golf? Boy, did they know how to have fun back then or what?

Decobikes coming July 4th?, Fine Arts Show, Historical Marker @ the LIRR

(A Decobike kiosk sits empty on the Olive St & Edwards Blvd intersection, two weeks after installed.)


The DecoBike bikes are coming this July 4th, according to a recent Newsday article titled: Long Beach bicycle rental program to roll. Well that sucks. Didn’t Deco get the memo that our beach season is a lot shorter than that in Miami? I call this a major missed opportunity, as June is an important beach month to the city. I also feel like more kiosks should have been installed at the LIRR, so visitors can use these bikes to ride around and spend money. I mean, isn’t that the whole idea?

Safety concern was actually the bulk of the Newsday article:

“Residents, and some Long Beach officials, said the bicycles could bring a rise in traffic accidents and make driving in the city more difficult on busy beach days. 

If the city really cared about safety, they should place more speed bumps at stop signs (especially at roads heading to the Park Avenue stop lights), enforce speeding laws and narrow the roads. Also, like what Allison said in the article “bicycle safety education”. Instead, the city installs more stop signs which does nothing, for I watch automobiles drive though them at full speed all day long. One of these days I should just video tape in and post it on here.. I just have to figure out how to blur the moving license plates.


One local artist told me the event was a huge success: “Every artist I spoke to seems happy, so I’m happy.” The fine arts show is a great way for local artists to get their stuff out there. Oh and it didn’t rain! Although it did seem like there were less vendors this year. Maybe the possibility rain scared some away….


During the city’s 90th anniversaty celebration of becoming a city, the Long Beach Island Landmarks Association unveiled a new historial marker (photo below) at our Long Beach LIRR station. We already have historial markers scattered across the city, but I love this new one. It looks like it’s built to last, plus the coloring is fantastic.  Advice: Let’s now bring one to our historical boardwalk and make sure you mention the elephants.


Come Celebrate The 90th Anniversary of Long Beach becoming a City

Long Beach Island Landmarks Association along with City of Long Beach will be throwing a party for the 90th anniversary of Long Beach becoming a city (June 1922).

  • There will be a 1920′s theme including exhibits in the lobby of City Hall of historic photographs of Long Beach structures, residents, visitors, military, etc. Two local historians will be giving lectures and will also be available to answer questions.
  • Outdoor bandshell at Kennedy Plaza with bands playing 1920′s period music.
  • Fashion show by residents modeling authentic 1920′s costumes donated by Salvage Chic.
  • Dedication of historic marker at original site of LIRR station around 930am (LB Patch – Marking Up Historical Long Beach).
  • 1pm – LB Heritage Bus Tours leave Kennedy Plaza (see flyer: LB Heritage Bus Tours.pdf).
  • A variety of vendors selling items on Kennedy Plaza.



A Few Random Stories (Dunkin’ Donuts on hold, Historical Plaques, King Kullen in Island Park, Flu Shot Alternative)


I just realized how I never posted a followup to the entire Dunkin’ Donuts in the West End saga. In case some of you missed it, the LB Herald reported on November 11th the following:

Plans to open a Dunkin’ Donuts in the West End — which drew the ire of many residents who said the franchise would hurt the character of the community and impact local businesses — are, at least for now, on hold, according to a realtor close to the negotiations 

Sounds good to me. Some of you folks probably think a Dunkin’ Donuts would be great in the West End, but I really think it’ll hurt some of the mom & pop’s there – particularly the bagel store. After all, Dunkin’ Donuts DOES sell bagels… and with a drive-thru? OUCH!

Bye Bye Dunkin’ Donuts. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out. Of course, the article does say “for now,” which means this deal isn’t completely dead. Those involved will probably wait until we stop paying attention, then a deal will be made. That’s how capitalism works when a community is involved.

(read @ the LB Herald- Plans for West End Dunkin’ Donuts on hold, for now)

Seabythecity related articles Here.


The LB Patch just posted an article about historical plaques coming to Long Beach (read – Marking Up Historical Long Beach). I’m a sucker for this stuff. Yep, I’m a big fan of recognizing our historical past and I think these plaques are going to be AWESOME! I’ve always seen historical plaques in Upstate NY and Westchester and I always wondered why not more on Long Island. I mean, shit happend here, right? There has to be more to Long Island than strip malls and traffic. (LIRR plaque photo credit in my photoshop: Nicole Murphy @ LB Patch)


Work on the King Kullen in Island Park has finally begun. Inside sources tell me that this shopping center should be completed by Thanksgiving 2012. What effects will this supermarket have on nearby businesses such as Jordan Lobster Farms? It’s unclear, but I am hearing that there might be an amendment written in the King Kullen lease which prevents them from selling seafood. Let’s hope that’s true, or Jordan is screwed. Of course, this King Kullen will most likely add more vacancies to an already very-vacant (and retail saturated) Austin blvd.

Seabythecity related articles Here


Ok, so not so much Long Beach-related, but in a way it is. It’s flu season, which means a good bunch of you are probably running over Walgreens (606 Long Beach Blvd) for a flu shot. How about a more natural method?

On her blog Baby Green, Long Beach resident Amanda Moore writes about alternative ways to combat the flu by boosting your immune system naturally. Amanda talks about garlic, water, sleep, green tea and reducing dairy. It all makes sense to me. I’m one of those folks who believes the shots bring more danger than good (and so do a lot of other people). I’m no doctor, so please do what you’re comfortable with, but  preventative care is the way to go as far as I’m concerned. Amanda healthy tips are spot on, so read her article IMMUNITY NOW! over at her Baby Green Blog and learn how to prevent the flu.

The future of Long Beach being considered:

A collection of interesting notes taken from the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Master Plan & Planning Board Charrettes.

1. A redesign of Waldbaums shopping center – the only shopping center in Long Beach. Strip stores – bring those stores to the street with parking in the rear. It would compliment the downtown district better.

2. Would Long Beach ever consider licensing bed & breakfasts?

3. Artwork included in building design of new high rises, similar to Portland, Oregon.

4. The redevelopment of the bayfront area located between Long Beach Boulevard and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Conceptual plans include: a 250-slip marina, “salt air” performing arts center / amphitheater, promenade, five mixed-use towers that would contain residential units, a marine science center, restaurants, A water taxi to Island Park.

5. An architect has been hired by the City to design the Recreation facility rehabilitation project. Upon completion, the facades of the Recreation center and ice arena will compliment one another.

6. The location of the Public Works municipal parking garage on Long Beach Boulevard is considered problematic. In addition to its appearance and the congestion caused on Long Beach Boulevard by city vehicles having difficulty turning into the lot, there is not enough room in the structure for the addition of a natural gas refueling station. As a result, at this time, the City is unable to switch to more environmentally friendly natural gas vehicles.

7. Appropriate placement of bicycle facilities and racks, clear marking of the pedestrian route from the LIRR station to the boardwalk, and provision of shuttle bus service between the LIRR station and beach areas, would act to reduce traffic and beachfront parking needs.

8. The Long Beach Island Landmarks Association have also been working toward the creation of a Long Beach Historic District that would include the West Penn Street blockfront with parcels from National Boulevard to Lafayette Boulevard.