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ORTHODOX SEPHARDIC SYNAGOGUES IN
LONG BEACH, NEW YORK:
Sephardic Congregation Of Long Beach
415 W. Penn St.
Long Beach, NY 11561
updated on: November 21, 2006
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JEWISH AND KOSHER LONG
SYNAGOGUES - SEPHARDIC ORTHODOX
Long Beach is a
York. One of
Long Island's two cities, it is located on
a namesake island, which forms part of the
Outer Barrier off
Long Island's South Shore. As of the
United States 2010 Census, the city population was 33,275. It
was incorporated in 1922, and is
nicknamed The City By the Sea (as seen in
Latin on its official seal).
City of Long Beach is surrounded by Reynolds Channel to the north,
east and west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south..
Charles T. Theofan is the current
city manager, a position which is appointed by the
The community became an
incorporated village in 1913 and a city in 1922.
Long Beach's first inhabitants were the
Rockaway Indians, who sold the area to English
colonists in 1643. While the barrier island was used by
baymen and farmers for fishing and harvesting
salt hay, no one lived there year-round for more than two
centuries. In 1849 Congress established a lifesaving station. A
dozen years before, 62 people died when the
barque Mexico, carrying Irish immigrants to New York,
ran ashore on New Year's Day.
Corbin, a builder from
Brooklyn, was the first to attempt to develop the island as
resort. He formed a partnership with the
Long Island Rail Road(LIRR) to finance the
New York and Long Beach Railroad Co, which laid track from
Lynbrook to Long Beach in 1880. That same year, Corbin
opened Long Beach Hotel, a row of 27 cottages along a 1,100-foot
(340 m) strip of beach, which he claimed as the world's largest
hotel. In its first season, the railroad brought 300,000
visitors to Long Island. By the next spring, tracks had been
laid the length of the island, but they were removed in 1894
after repeated washouts from winter storms.
On July 29, 1907, a fire broke out at the
Long Beach Hotel and burned it to the ground. Of the 800 guests,
eight were injured by jumping from windows, and one woman died.
The fire was blamed on defective electric wiring. A church,
several cottages and the bathing pavilion were also destroyed.
Trunks belonging to the guests, which had been piled on the sand
to form "dressing rooms", were looted by thieves. A dozen
waiters and others were apprehended by the police, who recovered
$20,000 worth of jewelry and other stolen property.
William Reynolds, a 39-year-old former state senator and
real estate developer, entered the picture. Reynolds had already
developed four Brooklyn neighborhoods (Bedford-Stuyvesant,
South Brownsville) and
Dreamland, the world's largest amusement park. Reynolds also
owned a theater and produced plays. He gathered investors and
acquired the oceanfront from private owners and the rest of the
island from the
Town of Hempstead in 1907; he planned to build a
boardwalk, homes and hotels.
Reynolds had a herd of
elephants marched in from Dreamland, ostensibly to help
build the boardwalk; he had created an effective
publicity stunt. Dredges created a channel 1,000 feet (300
m) wide on the north side of the island to provide access by
large steamboats and sea planes to transport more visitors. The
new waterway was named
To ensure that Long Beach lived up to his
billing it "The
Riviera of the East", he required each building to be
constructed in an "eclectic
Mediterranean style," with white
stucco walls and red-clay tile roofs. He built a theater
called Castles by the Sea, with the largest dance floor in the
world, for dancers
Vernon and Irene Castle. He restricted owners and renters to
white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs). After Reynolds'
corporation went bankrupt in 1918, the restrictions were lifted.
The new town attracted wealthy businessmen and entertainers from
New York and Hollywood.
Mae West, and other famous actors performed at local
Humphrey Bogart, Lillian Roth,
Clara Bow, and
John Barrymore lived in Long Beach for decades. The city's
most famous modern-day native is the actor
Billy Crystal. (His brother Joel Crystal has served as
president of the Long Beach City Council). More recently,
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, Washington Nationals pitcher
John Lannan, and "Long Island Lolita"
Amy Fisher have lived in the city.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square
miles (5.2 kmē). The city is located on a
barrier island off the
South Shore of
Long Island. It shares the island with
Atlantic Beach to the west and
Lido Beach and
Point Lookout to the east. Within its section of the barrier island,
the city takes up the entire north-south span, fronting on both
Reynolds Channel to the north and the
Atlantic Ocean to the south. A
Long Beach Bridge, connects it to
Island Park on the mainland of Long Island. To the west, the
Atlantic Beach Bridge, connects the island to
Lawrence on the mainland of Long Island. The
Loop Parkway, located to the east along the
Lido Beach and
Point Lookout borders connects the island to
JEWISH AND KOSHER NEW
YORK BY CITIES:
Buffalo (Greater Buffalo),
Cambria Heights (Queens),
Far Rockaway (Queens),
, Lawrence (Long Island),
Island City (Queens),
NYC Borough of Bronx,
NYC Borough of Brooklyn,
NYC Borough of Manhattan,
NYC Borough of Queens,
NYC Borough of Staten Island
Plainview, (Long Island),
Park (Queens), Roslyn
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