1999-08-28 / Columnists


What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago This Week

One of 89 oil spills totaling 50 gallons or more recorded by the U.S. Coast Guard in the first six months of 2979 was in Rockaway. According to the Coast Guard’s six month review of oil and chemical pollutant spills in New York Harbor area, the one here occurred off Rockaway Park and amounted to 200 gallons.

Warnings from Veterans of Foreign Wars investigators that the old "Weiss" restaurant in Broad Channel is serving as a dangerous playground for children have led, with the help of City Councilman Walter Ward, to an official city request for "immediate demolition."

Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz sponsored a bill this year to amend the public authorities law which would require the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to formulate a comprehensive seven year plan to control and reduce noise within the New York City transit system.

Thieves robbed a Far Rockaway couple of $39,000 in jewelry and about $2,000 in cash on Thursday, August 23, about 8:40 a.m., on a street in Far Rockaway. The victims, Albert Rosen and his wife Barbara, are jewelry merchants, and it is assumed that the thieves knew what they would find.

Resorts International reports that the casino in Atlantic City has grossed in excess of $144 million for the year, 4600 jobs have been created and the income in the area is up $66 million. Here, Governor Carey just refused to allow casinos to get off the ground for another year.

West Enders can tell how crowded it is at Riis Park just by watching the traffic along Rockaway Beach boulevard. It seems that when people are trying to get home the overflow traffic for the Marine Parkway bridge heads east along the Boulevard and across the Cross Bay bridge.

This weekend is the last for this summer. Let’s hope that the weather is better than some of the weather we have had over the last few weekends.

We’re still waiting for repairs to be made to the new section of Beach Channel drive. One can see where unwary drivers have constantly bottomed out as they approached the intersections.

There are now at least two empty stores in the Far Rockaway shopping center. One shop, "Burt’s", has moved to a new location in the remodeled Beach 20 street. We hope that the shopping center will not become devoid of business.

What The Wave Said

30 Years Ago This Week

With Democratic Party County Leader Moses Weinstein reportedly about to accept a judgeship, speculation is rife, not only to his successor in the county post, but what effect it may have on the Democratic leadership in the Rockaways.

The Broad Channel mardi gras brought out the usual throngs over the Labor Day weekend. Although traffic was a bit snarled, what with the mardi gras activities and the partially opened new Cross Bay bridge handicapping the handling of traffic, it was accepted generally inn good spirit as part of the fun.

The construction crews have been doing a good job of hauling away debris and cleaning up the effects of the recent demolition of the bungalows along Edgemere avenue in the urban renewal area.

Orders have been issued, says the Department of Public Works, for the installation of two traffic lights a the intersection of Rockaway Beach boulevard and Beach 105 street. Need for the light was called to public attention in The Wave several months ago.

What The Wave Said

40 Years Ago This Week

With cars parked on both sides of Edgemere avenue between Beach 34 and Beach 35 streetd, delivery trucks have to halt in the middle of the street. No great imagination is required to picture what would happen if fire apparatus wanted to get through at the same time.

Sam Friedman tells of a client who went to a pet shop and ordered 300 cockroaches, 2000 ants, six mice and two rats. Said the client, "My lease expires next month and it requires me to return the premises to the landlord in the same condition when I took possession.

Now that the Title I condemnation has been postponed at least until the end of the year, some businessmen in the area who usually order merchandise at this time for the next summer months, are in a dilemma again.

What The Wave Said

50 Years Ago This Week

Preliminary plans for Redfern Houses to eliminate slums in the vicinity of Redfern avenue, Far Rockaway, have been submitted to the City Planning Commission.

Dr. Joseph I. Weiss, newly installed rabbi of the West End Temple, was welcomed Friday night by more than 400 persons of the congregation, visiting clergymen and friends.

Prospect of a housing project in the Hammel area under the federal aid program is remote, according to the New York City Housing Authority.

While a police helicopter hovered overhead ready to rescue them, Charles Stegmuller, and his wife, Edna, of 229 Beach 79 street, swam ashore Sunday afternoon–after their canoe capsized.

Green Bus Lines started operation of three bus lines direct to Far Rockaway High School yesterday.


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