Queen Mary Smokestackes & Horns
Among the notable features that have made the Queen Mary famous are her three enormous funnels, or smokestacks, painted in "Cunard Red" and topped and trimmed in black. The funnels are essentially decorative covers disguising the tangle of vents, pipes and filters that discharged the smoke, soot, fumes and unused steam from five boiler 23 feet wide. They are graduated in size to allow the smoke flow away without obstruction, thereby preventing soot from falling on the passengers deck spaces. The forward, or #1 funnel is 70.5 feet tall, the #2 funnel is 67.5 feet tall, and the #3 funnel is 62.25 feet tall. The present funnels are replacements in stainless steel and are welded, whereas the originals were riveted. The originals were dismantled to facilitate the removal of machinery during her conversion and were found to be in poor condition for reuse. The distinctive color, “Cunard Red”, has been in use since the company was founded in 1840. It was originally achieved through a combination of buttermilk and ochre coloring that "cooked" onto the hot stacks, which rose a short distance from the boilers. Commercial paints that were available at the time were not manufactured to resist heat, and would blister and flake off the hot funnels.
I am not sure if any of you have experienced this, but I am sure this has caught many visitors by surprize when the Queen Mary sounds her horns...lol!
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Finding Your Way from the Water to the Freeway
This tip is actually good for not only Long beach but for other coastal locations in the L.A/O.C.. area like Santa Monica and Huntington Beach. The best road to take is PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) for escaping the water to the more mainland areas. It is a long stretching road that becomes like a freeway here, though traffic on the very narrow strip (very narrow to California standards at least but more normal for those European , for example) and it has some connections to greater freeways.Related to:
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Warning for the Conservatives!
Like the greater L.A., Long Beach is a progressive city. Liberal-minded ones will appreciate especially the East Village area with its bohemian-hippie flair. Inside the cafes and stores, one will certain find some literature mentioning progressive movements, some of it is quite flammatory to anything Republican or right-wing. So, anyone sensitive to this, be fairwarned but don't feel too put-off. The East Village is a beautiful little part of the city for its celebration of art and anyone can enjoy this!
Ever have the feeling you are being watched?
This rare species is native only to the tree tops of Long Beach. This dog/cat hybrid kisses and licks her prey incensantly. If you wish to avoid contact with this creature it is wise to have some scooby snacks on hand to distract her from your presence.
When we were there an atlantic storm was producing very high surf along the southern California coastline.
Waves from a storm that originated near Hawaii were running 8-10 feet, with some sets up to 14 feet near Seal Beach.
Hundreds of people lined up to get a look at the surf as opposed to the dozens of surfers normally at the beach at this time of the year. The Seal Beach pier was closed as a precaution.Related to:
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach
During the Fourth of July celebration, the Long Beach Police Department will be strictly enforcing the ban on ALL fireworks, including sparklers, within the city. If you are found using any type of fireworks in Long each, you can be arrested and you may be fined $1,000, sentenced to jail for six months or both. The fines and penalties increase if you are found in possession of fireworks classified as dangerous.
The beaches located from Shoreline Drive to the end of the Peninsula will be heavily patrolled by the Long Beach Police Department. There will be amnesty bins located at various sites along the beach where you can voluntarily place your illegal fireworks and avoid the fine and/or incarceration.
North Long Beach in Transition, but still sketchy
So recently had to move down here from a nicer city due to some family issues a few months ago. I have been in and out of long beach for the past 30 years (due to extended family, and went to school here for a few years, had friends in different parts of Long Beach), so I'm pretty familiar with trends going on in the city. Long Beach has a strong military/veteran heritage due to the formerly large strategic Naval base that used to be here. A lot of Long Beach people are conservative (with strong family values), but yet very street-smart (as you need it to survive the sketchy people). There are lots of thugs and sketchy neighborhoods, most especially near the freeways (especially the 710). Towards the eastern half of Long Beach, there are very nice houses close to, as well as away from, the freeways. So long beach can be super nice and downright scarey!!!... depending where you are. All of the comments posted below so far are true.I would like to add a few things i've noticed.
I will focus on North Long Beach for brevity's sake. First, in North Long Beach, they are making massive improvements to the landscape of the city streets. Lots of beautiful street lights and bus stops are being added (probably just in the last few months... in 2014). It is incredible, comparing what it looked like before, to what it looks like now!! There are new curbs, with beautiful trees and garden landscaping, definitely MASSIVELY improving the curb appeal of major streets like Long Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Avenue in North Long Beach. Second, the asian (primarily cambodian) population is increasing dramatically in the past couple of years, along with the continued steady but slow increase in mexicans and whites again (used to be a lot more whites (80%) before "white flight" happened in the 80's and decreased whites to no more than 20%). I think it's the proximity to Los Angeles, nice breezy weather, and price that makes some whites buy here, plus there are a lot of nice residential areas in North Long Beach. It's primarily made of old neighborhoods almost 100 years old that have a distinctly old world charm. Lots of big old trees, birds, shade, big yards compared to the smaller houses. I think cambodians move here because lots of cambodian food in Long Beach, plus the houses are cheap and nice, and cambodians tended to save money where other cultures dont save as much, so they were in a better position to buy. The cambodians make the neighborhoods seem safer because they are very peaceful and family-oriented. Hispanics and mexicans in Long Beach are cool too. They tend to be family-oriented as well. There are some whites, usually single older men, and they seem upper middle class, well-educated types (whom I guess like to have cash and don't want to spend over half a million living close to Los Angeles with the ensuing increase in property taxes). I see a lot of them jogging around or walking their dog... morning or evening.
North long beach is bordered by 3 major freeways, and has much less traffic than either Los Angeles or Orange County, so it makes this place appealing for commuters. The amount of blacks seem to be steadily decreasing, just like the amount of blacks in compton. I don't know why, maybe the economy tanked and they lost jobs or i really don't know. But I see that trend. There are some that seem like drug dealers or car thieves (with super nice cars [brand new lexus large sedans, BMW SUVs, and Mercedes E-class with all the bells and whistles...way nicer than would seem to be justified living in a lower middle class area like North Long Beach) and sketchy (the apartments that line the major streets and freeways seem pretty run down and full of convicts or ex-convicts). Also a lot of professional, family-oriented blacks. But I think it's half and half. I don't know where they're all moving to, even Compton has so much less blacks now... who knows?
Anyway, this area seems to be in major transition as far as demographics and curb appeal. I'm glad Long Beach is investing a lot in the curb appeal of the area. It also seems like a lot of very desirable mom-and-pop shops are cropping up all over the place. There are some really excellent El Salvadorian little restaurants, mexican place that specializes in Pupusas!, Thai food that taste simply better than in much more affluent neighborhoods, American hamburgers, etc. This city really is super diverse (cambodian, white, black, mexican, samoan, el salvadorian...just a plethora), and I see some tension between the different racial groups (mostly blacks trying to boss asians around or pick on whites, hispanics staring at blacks), but mostly the focus of many in North Long is family...given the really cheap price of housing, big yards, and proximity to the beach and Los Angeles. If the neighborhood was better, with less tension, and less sketchy people it is physically a really nice area with great weather to boot! (however the sketchy people add trash to the area cuz they don't pick up after themselves, and drive annoyingly crazy). There's a breeze every afternoon!! I think because North Long Beach is so close to Compton and Carson, plus freeways, that it attracts sketchy people. I would say North Long Beach is almost like a buffer zone area to the nicer areas (like Bixby Knolls) in Long Beach. Wish the house I got was in a better area, but seeing a general trend that's good for North Long Beach, I remain hopeful. The weather, location, and physical beauty give the area a lot of potential.Related to:
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