Beachcomber

There was some stencil art of a sad looking boy on the remains of a burned out home on Beach 129th Street. Some people said the street artist Banksy is the one who put it there. More...

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- Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

"As a community and family, no matter how dark the night or difficult the day, we rise and carry on together toward recovery." More...

Idyllic Rockaway Before The Storm

Beautiful sunsets and vistas and fun sights like Whalemina often took our attention in the lazy days before the storm.
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Sandy On The Way

Many residents decided to stay rather than evacuate. Hurricane Irene, the year before, had been heavily hyped by the media and yet caused only moderate damage. More...

The Morning After

There was almost too much to comprehend. And while we present some of the pictures taken that day we know there was nothing quite like being there. More...

Boulevard Turns River

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Why Would Anyone Live Anywhere Else?

In my short 63 years of life on this planet I have experienced, first hand, earthquakes in California, ground tremors from underground atomic bomb testing in Nevada and monsoons while serving with the United States Marine Corps. More...

November: Like No Other Month

The month of November was like no other month. The entire peninsula was an epic mess. Twisted steel, shattered concrete, whole pieces of boardwalk found blocks away. You saw things that didn’t seem real. More...

Graybeards In Need,Yet Still Help

The Graybeards was founded in November 2001 with a simple yet effective mission statement: “to help our neighbors in their time of need.” We’ve been busy ever since. More...

Old Arverne:

Human Connection Forged From Storm

In the early days after the storm. my street off of Beach 69th Street in Arverne looked like everyone else’s in Rockaway. It looked like a war zone. More...

Non-Profits Weather The Storm

“Having never been through a situation like this before,” Jeanne Dupont, Executive Director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) said, a year after Hurricane Sandy, “it was a challenge at first to know what to do.” More...

WISH went Above and Beyond

Sandy was the first time that I had ever been on the receiving line asking for assistance. I had always been the one that was behind the table helping others. The first time I walked into St. More...

February–Clean Up Continues: Future Takes Shape

The Army Corps of Engineers came before the Community Board and said “this time it’s different.” This time, they said, Rockaway would get the money and therefore the protection it needs. More...

This Was Home

The waters crashed in and the fires went up By morning the waves rolled out and the flames went down And when it was over, I heard some say, Friend, you know, I just want to go home I want to go home I want to go home Oh, tell me when this is over So More...

March: Strength Needed

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Boyleing Points

A Rockaway Carol

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Sandy Takes A Life

A Widow Reflects

October 29th, 2012 was the day that changed my life forever. My husband drove me to Brooklyn but refused to evacuate himself. He insisted that he was the captain of the ship and needed to be home. More...

The Rockaways and Occupy Sandy

Prior to October 29th, 2012 the Rockaways could hardly have been described as a hotbed of radical politics or a place where idealistic activists might converge. More...

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Former President Bill Clinton came to Rockaway the weeks following Sandy to lend his support. More than 1000 volunteers came via the Clinton Foundation. More...

June: A Different Kind Of Summer Begins

The summer season officially starts in May, on Memorial Day but summer really kicks in when schools let out and when consistently warm weather starts. More...

A Dual Challenge: FamilyAnd Community

As a community and family, no matter how dark the night or difficult the day, we rise and carry on together toward recovery. The first days after Sandy were met with unimaginable disbelief and chaos. More...

From The Parks Commissioner

A Change Of Plans

Shortly after Mayor Bloomberg announced my appointment as NYC Parks Commissioner, I visited the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay several times with First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris's Chief of Staff, Nanette Smith. More...

September: Summer After Sandy In The Books

It was the end of the summer with no boardwalk. That’s the only time that it could be said in more than a hundred years. A new design team was selected for the new boardwalk. More...

Sandy,we hardly knew ye, but we’'ll never forget you

“Get these kids outta this house!!!” Echoing from a distant corner of our darkened home, the panicked wail of my wife pierced the relative tranquility of what had otherwise been a relaxing few days lounging around the house watching telegenic reporte More...

The Year Of Sandy

Editorial

The Wave first published when a fire ripped through the Seaside section of Rockaway in 1892. Sandy proved a tougher challenge. For four weeks, The Wave went dark. The hometown newspaper was no different than a lot businesses and a lot of homes. More...

To The Lost

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we remember those who were lost to the storm. Forty-four people died due to the hurricane in New York City. Nine were from Rockaway. They were our neighbors, our friends and our family. More...

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Councilman Eric Ulrich showed that by working together and fighting for what we hold dear, we can rebuild Rockaway & Broad Channel and restore our way of life More...

Night Of Sandy

No one will forget the night Sandy ripped through Rockaway but photographic evidence of the big storm is limited. Television crews and news teams, usually reporting on big storms, stayed away or headed to safety as the storm showed its teeth. More...

Rockaway Emergency Plan Is Born

LOCALS HELP THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

By Jaime Jordan, Jessica Klein, and Katie Honan When the biggest storm to hit our hometown since Hurricane Donna in 1960 came barreling up the coast, aiming right towards our family and friends, we hate to say it: we weren’t even there. More...

From Rockaway Beach

The Boardwalk Hurled Past Like A White Water Raft

It was around 5 p.m. when I knew we were in big trouble. The ocean had created a foamy river in front of the house — and high tide was still more than three hours away. More...

Bitter Sweet

Chocolate Business Back From Brink

Rockaway without chocolate would be like Rockaway without surf. And while the surf was sure to return there was doubt about chocolate after Sandy crushed Rockaway’s hometown chocolate maker, Madelaine Chocolates. More...

Epic Trip: From Breezy To Roxbury

Despite mandatory evacuation orders being in place, Breezy Point resident Mari Ellen Mack had no plans of leaving her home during Hurricane Sandy. However she also wasn’t expecting a mass fire to tear through her neighborhood. More...

December: Rubble, Food Lines, Cries For Help

Hundreds of people rallied on the beach to demand more sand and rock jetties. The Sanitation Department continued to make a dent in the rubble. Mountains of debris grew 30 feet high in the Riis Park parking lot. More...

January–A New Year Resolution: Return to Normalcy

Most people were quite happy about putting 2012 in the books. The first sign that residents were intent on getting things back to normal in the New Year was seen along the beaches as hundreds took part in various New Year’s Day ocean splashes. More...

January–A New Year Resolution: Return to Normalcy

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March: Rockaway Strong

There was little doubt the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade would take place even in the early days after Sandy. The parade not only launched but attracted huge crowds sending the message that the people here were: Rockaway Strong. More...

Looking At The Bright Side

If you had your basement flooded, you said at least it didn’t get to the first floor. If your first floor flooded, you said at least my house didn’t burn down. If your house burned down, you said at least no one was killed. More...

NewYork Strongest Haul Debris; Give Hope

When the storm hit I was out on sick leave from my job as a NYC Sanitation Worker. A nasty virus had laid me low for a few days but I was over it and intended to resume full duty on Tuesday morning. More...

Monsignor Sees The Hand Of God

St. Francis Become Relief Center For Thousands

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. More...

April: Fool’s Prices And Hope Springs

What happened in April? Sticker shock happened. The new lifeguard and comfort stations, The Wave learned, cost between $3 and $4 million apiece. More...

May: Flowers Stall, A Line Roars Back, Beaches Open

May flowers were a little late, if they came at all. Sandy seemed to upset nature’s time clock as flowers and trees budded later than usual. Grass had a sad brown color. Many plants and trees, especially evergreens, never recovered. More...

July: Ferry Flourishes, Sand On The Way

Fourth of July barbecues, music and movies on the beach. Some things were like old times. The ferry service that was first launched because the A Line was knocked out of service sees ridership increase even after the subway line comes back. More...

From The Sanitation Commissioner

One Of DSNY’s ‘Strongest’ Challenges

DSNY’s entire field force played an essential role in assisting the city in recovering from the deadly impact of Superstorm Sandy and the massive storm surge that flooded many communities on Staten Island, in the Rockaways, in southern Brooklyn More...

August: Sand Arrives; Jamaica Bay Gets Spotlight

The summer after Sandy was in full swing when sand started getting pumped onto beaches. The sand was part of Phase 1 of an Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment plan. More...

A Creative Collaboration Of Help

On the Halloween weekend before Sandy, on Friday night I visited the Rockaway Artist Alliance in Fort Tilden, which turned out to be an amazing spectacle, mostly for kids. More...

Parkies Did Their Part

When people think about NYC Parks’ post-Sandy response, they think about the rebuilding of lifeguard buildings, boardwalk islands and comfort stations. They might remember the removal of pieces of boardwalk around the neighborhood. More...


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