1999-07-10 / Columnists

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What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago This Week

Nude sunbathing was described last week as "obviously the most important issue to come on the floor of the City Council of New York within 20 years." The bill, which would ban nude sunbathing along any shoreline or river front in New York City, was brought to the floor after a 6-1 approval by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee chaired by Councilman Walter Ward.

Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship will not hold an all-day disco party planned and advertised for Saturday, July 7, at Jacob Riis Park. According to a story in The Wave of June 23, the publicity for the disco party scared people in Rockaway, who had visions of another massive jam such as the park had last year.

Lines of motorists waiting for gasoline got shorter and lines of bus riders waiting at bus stops (for Green bus transportation) disappeared this week, as Division 1179, Amalgamated Transit Union, strike added to Rockaway’s woes.

New York City, New York State and the federal government will share the cost of dredging and pumping sand to the Rockaway beaches this summer.

Gateway National Recreation Area will allow a maximum of three buses an hour on each of the Brooklyn routes extended to Riis Park in the Breezy Point unit.

Mayor Edward I. Koch has announced the implementation of a new "French boot" that New York City marshals will affix to the wheels of scofflaw’s cars while awaiting a tow truck.

Leslie Harvey, 57, of 69-20 Almeda avenue, Arverne, will be sentenced on Thursday, August 9, for killing Reginald Watson, jr. at a Christmas Eve party in 1978.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

The City of New York is getting ready to reconstruct Cross Bay boulevard from Shore parkway to the North Channel bridge approach–a $1,225,000 undertaking

Naval Air Station New York is preparing for a change of command on July 31. Captain David S. Stear will be relieved by Captain Coleman W. Sims, in traditional ceremony at Floyd Bennett field.

Demolition began last Thursday on the older portion of the Cross Bay bridge. The two traffic lanes on the westerly side of the bridge will remain in use for the present time.

Suggestion has been made to build jet aircraft landing fields out at sea and ferry passengers ashore in less noisy craft. That sounds interesting.

Brooklyn Congressman John J. Rooney has found out that the former cruiser, U.S.S. Brooklyn has been part of the Chilean war fleet since 1951 and is named the Bernardo O’Higgins. But the Brooklyn Dodgers, even if they did move to Los Angeles, are still the Dodgers.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Nobody seems to have thought of it, but since the Schaefer brewing company is not sponsoring fire works this year, wouldn’t it be a good idea if local interests had put on a show–at least on the Fourth of July.

Regulations on the public beach have brought about changes in customs. For example, some years ago nobody paid any attention when a fisherman’s dory was launched through the surf. What a crowd would collect if it were tried these days. Launching of small craft from public beaches has been prohibited since the city acquired the beaches.

The safety of jet airliners was demonstrated last Saturday night when one made an emergency landing at Idlewild with 112 passengers aboard. It’s great to know that the big aircraft are safe. Now if someone will do something to make them noiseless.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Dr. Joseph I. Weiss has been elected spiritual leader of the West End Temple.

Opposition to plans for a hotel to be erected on the ocean front from Beach 128 to 129 street were registered by the Rockaway Civic Club.

Sheldon Rosenblatt of 183 Beach 74 street, Arverne, suffered cuts and bruises when his car was involved in a six-car crash on Sunrise highway, Valley Stream, on Sunday.

Inspectors for the Department of Sanitation are issuing summonses to persons who persist in putting out uncovered garbage cans or improper refuse receptacles.




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