Boardwalk Basks in Seasonal, Nautical Themed Lights

Initiative designed to attract people to Long Beach.

The Boardwalk Lights initiative kicked off in Long Beach on Monday. (Credit: Kerry Ann Ryan Troy)
The Boardwalk Lights initiative kicked off in Long Beach on Monday. (Credit: Kerry Ann Ryan Troy)

The Long Beach boardwalk was filled with festive lights Monday with the launch of a new promotional initiative, “Boardwalk Lights.”

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The illuminations appear in the shapes of Christmas trees, menorahs, surfboards, seagulls and other seasonal and nautical themes and are attached to light posts that line the boardwalk from Magnolia to Long Beach boulevards. The lights will be on display from 5 to 9 p.m. every evening until mid-January.

Boardwalk Lights is part of a six-week long initiative to continue the City of Long Beach’s efforts to attract visitors after Hurricane Sandy battered the beachtown in October 2012. The project was made possible through the city’s partnership with  

a marketing agency, Creative Advertising Concepts, and several sponsors, including the Allegria Hotel, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bridal Reflections, Capital One Bank, Citibank, Gino’s of Long Beach, National Grid, Pam Air and Planet Payment and South Nassau Communities Hospital.

In June the city launched an advertising campaign to attract visitors to storm-damaged Long Beach that featured a new website, as well as television, radio, print and billboard ads, including commercials featuring hometown celebrity Billy Crystal. The city touts Boardwalk Lights as a wintertime extension of this ongoing effort.
moe December 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
@christie- I don't hang on your words, but they stick out like infected wounds because they never have anything to do with the topic, just your own personal agenda. Why don't you leave those of us who really live here alone to deal with our problems. Yes, the fact that you don't live around here will make me sleep better tonight, because none of my neighbors are as shallow or un-Christian as you. We're mostly nice social-minded people around here, not at all like you Hamptonites. Please heed the words of my buddy Pat Buchanan, who notes that the lowest creatures are the "outside agitators" who move in to areas just to divide the citizens, incite hatred, and stand in the way of any social progress unless it profits them personally. Please leave us alone so we can discuss the matters that effect those of us who live here. Go discuss world politics on the NY Post site. This is a local paper, we're dealing with local problems like our boardwalk and our police and our teachers, things you could never understand living out in Southampton. We're also kind of protective of our neighbors because of what we all went through with Sandy. I'm sure you watched on your big-screen TV, as all our homes dug out from mud, while you were sitting in front of your cozy East End fireplace sipping wine. Your shallowness shows that you could never understand life around here. This Long Beach Patch is for Long Beach area people to talk about Long Beach area life. I guess that's why you never discuss the actual topics at hand- because you have no idea what's going on in this area.
christie nicolle December 09, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Wrong Moe, don't drink + no big screen t.v. in my house, -- don't want to see up close the 90% Leftist slime that dictate your liberal mindset. Wish I could send you a book for Christmas -- it's called "Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder" by Dr. Savage.
christie nicolle December 09, 2013 at 01:11 PM
p.s. Moe, you fail to see "world politics" affects everything today because of P.C. ...even small towns, whose KARMA was to get hit with a storm! I grew up in LB + care from a distance. Distance makes us astute observers. Oh, one more gift, to Gene Colon: Ann Coulter's book : "Never Trust a Liberal Over 3". She says there's reason why our Party's symbol is the elephant -- we never forget -- + the democrats' is a jackass.
Gene Colon December 09, 2013 at 02:04 PM
thanks so much Christie - I was going to read that book by the best-selling author, Michael Savage. He's changed my life -- kind of the same way he changed his name, and his life. He's my (draft dodging,racist, homophobic, jingoistic, hypocrite, snake oil salesman) hero!
paul.d.spellman December 09, 2013 at 03:48 PM
In case anyone is interested, the city has finally posted the schedule for the Holiday Shuttle on their web site. It is a little too late for my friends and family trip to the boardwalk lights, but maybe someone can use it so they are not so dependent on finding parking by the light show spectacular. http://www.longbeachny.gov/vertical/Sites/%7BC3C1054A-3D3A-41B3-8896-814D00B86D2A%7D/uploads/Holiday_Calendar_of_Events.jpg
Penquin December 09, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Christie, Next time you are "born again", I hope you get it right this time
moe December 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
So note that Christie from Southampton says evil Long Beach brought Sandy on ourselves... "...even small towns, whose KARMA was to get hit with a storm!" Guess she thinks she's giving us her Buddhist/Karma point of view, though it doesn't sound quite right to me. No wonder she's confused with all our talk about Christmas. And since she doesn't live here, she believes she understand us better than we understand ourselves- "Distance makes us astute observers." If she didn't have to shovel that gray muck and sand after the storm, she has no idea how things have changed since her childhood times here. Hope she goes back and reads what Pat Buchanan says about "outside agitators." I'm sure the evil Hamptons where she lives need her wisdom more than we do.
Penquin December 10, 2013 at 01:09 AM
She is a whack job
ally K December 10, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Paul love your post!
Robert Roden December 10, 2013 at 04:05 PM
All of that aside, I still think the boardwalk lights are much ado about nothing. Does anyone remember the Christmas stars that lit up Park Ave. back in the late 70s?
Penquin December 10, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Yes, they were disappointing - took my parents there Sat night.
paul.d.spellman December 11, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Did anyone notice the banners on the light poles on Park Ave from Magnolia to Monroe? They placed banners announcing the boardwalk lights on those poles. Really? They couldn't have put actual lights on those poles instead of banners? Gino's and the other sponsors should be demanding "make goods" from Creative Advertising Concepts. Creative????
christie nicolle December 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
silly people... don't you understand Karma does NOT mean you're "deserving" of punishment, no, it means it's "destiny".... I studied eastern philosophy + it makes sense. Yes, though I believe in the power/majesty of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, I see no contradiction in 'Destiny' . A loving God of Justice does not willy-nilly allow certain things to happen for No reason... Everything happens for your soul's growth. Example: America's bad karma is Obama + his huge Leftist machine, a.k.a. the AntiChrist.
Charlie Cheswick December 12, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Christie, put down the internet and back away from the computer...no one's gonna hurt you...call Rite Aid, your prescription is hopefully ready by now...
Hamburger December 12, 2013 at 09:46 AM
She is trolling
Charlie Cheswick December 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM
You'd think so, right? That's her though, a math major apparently...
Gene Colon December 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM
cnristie - do you have any room for me in your survival shelter? I'll bring my Sarah Palin bloopers collection -- that should keep us going for a couple of years...
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Oh joy! Everybody, come meet Ann Coulter next Mon. the 16th at 7pm; the Womens' Republican Club in Manhattan -- free food, cocktails + you can get her book: "Never Trust a Liberal Over 3"! Now that's a Christmas gift to enlighten all you Kool-Aid drinkers. Go Ann!
Laura December 12, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Gene, go read Newsday, you liberal asswipe. Not everyone wants to be Obama's slave.
Gene Colon December 12, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Laura - You're very eloquent. Did you parents teach you that? Jesus, maybe? Happy Holidays. - Gene
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 05:57 PM
sounds like Laura should hang with Martin Bashir who speaks her language -- we should all strive to have manners like Charles Krauthammer or Jackie Kennedy...+ Gene, please don't bring Jesus into it -- atheists can be anti- democrat too.
moe December 12, 2013 at 06:51 PM
@christie from Southampton- you keep using this space talking about things that have nothing to do with the topics. People like Laura who really live around here will keep us in line. Please help your own neighbors in Southampton and your classy ladies in Manhattan. I'd guess there's more sinners in those places than here. Please consider- You don't write in our Patch, we won't write in yours. Deal?
Gene Colon December 12, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Christie - you need to re-read your own comments. You put God and Jesus in play, not me. Folks like you think you have the exclusive right to invoke God. You don't. And what you unfailingly do is invoke God as a bludgeon. Is that what being a Christian is about? You make a better case for atheism than atheists.
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 08:05 PM
LB was my hometown since 1st grade to high school... I know every part of LB + still visit, so cool it!
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 08:07 PM
p.s. Moe, the Hamptons are full of whining leftys like you, you'd fit right in, unlike us conservatives.
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 08:13 PM
On the topic at hand... I plan to contribute festive lights + nativity scenes + Gregorian chants to be played; my thanks for the beach I so loved... I recall Rudolph Valentino had a house on Magnolia Blvd or W. Penn st.
moe December 12, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Thank you! We look forward to your kind donations. I'm glad this thread can end on such a happy thought
Penquin December 12, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Moe, you are always such a gentleman. Enjoy your evening
christie nicolle December 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM
your welcome Moe. Just curious, can you find out where exactly was Valentino's home from back in the 1920's?. Always heard he + other silent film stars had homes in LB -- I lived on E. walnut st.
moe December 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Hopefully, we'll have a blog about local history soon. That would be the place for those kinds of interesting topics.


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