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Old 05-19-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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I was up in LB last week and stayed at my late grandfather's house in the west end. I couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled up and saw that the person who bought the house next door tore it down. There was the framework for a giant 2 1/2 story house sitting on the entire peice of property. I later found out that it was baought by an infamous developer who has done much of the same around town. I'm sure it will be a nice home but it just overshadows the other houses on the block.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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Is the west end the place with all the bungalows? I love that area. Reminds me of some beachy California town.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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yeah the West End is more of the "Party" area and the East End is more for families. Of course that is a general way to look at it. Very unique area indeed!
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:02 AM
 
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I'm 18 years old and lived in Long Beach my entire life up until I just recently began college. I'm 75% Irish, 25% Italian. For the most part, being Irish is pretty common, but my friends from Long Beach are extremely diverse- Catholic, Jewish, white, black, asian, hispanic. I went through the public school system starting from pre-school, and ended up being offered scholarships to multiple universities. In my honest opinion, Long Beach is the greatest place in the world to raise a family. As for Irish Day, it's a great celebration but it is known to get out of hand once it gets dark. As for the beach, there is no greater beach than Long Beach.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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I remember Long Beach in the 70's and 80's when it was completely run down and drugs and gangs were rampant. It's probably the best turn-around story in the modern history of Long Island.
Parts of it are still kinda run-down. Most of West-end and the area by the train station behind Waldbaums.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Long Beach is awesome. I have lived in the west end for 7 years, which is like little Ireland, and now live in the east end with my 3 kids. The beach is gorgeous, the people are hardworking, yet enjoy fun things, such as the boardwalk, biking, boating and shopping. The restaurants are great, some quite upscale. So far, my son is doing very well in school. All of the people that I know are professionals and involved in sports and education. the rec center is awesome, with great sports activities. Long Beach is not isolated at all - it is a 55 minute train ride to Penn Station. Lots of kids everywhere, great police force - we feel very safe. I will never leave - love it to death.
It is def. kinda isolated...sorry.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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and they love Long Beach. They're very happy with the public elementary school their kindergartener is attending. They go to the beach all year and the boardwalk is great. There is an Irish festival and we've been to a fall/Halloween festival every year with the kids where they went on hayrides or rode the fire truck. Their library is impressive, especially the adorable and comfy children's section. There is also a pool they go to with a cheap fee to get in. I know they are very happy in LB and don't plan to leave. I have never heard them talk about the high school but that is such a far way off for you that I think you could do worse than to come "home" to an area you already know you like and enjoy these early years in LB with your little one. As another poster said the elem schools are fine.
I would not take a baby to Irish Fest...with all the drunks and loud music and crowded streets...ya...no.
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