2001-09-15 / Letters

Don’t Diss Rockaway!

Don’t Diss Rockaway!

Dear Editor;

As a community activist helping to improve the quality of life in the Rockaways, I was saddened to read the article in the New York Times, printed September 2, entitled "The Hamptons It’s Not, which was written by Field Maloney.

The writer describes how 8 people in a bungalow, at $250 each for the summer, refer to the experience as "A Rockaway Idyll".

Mr. Maloney writes, "New Yorkers came in droves until W.W.II, after which Rockaway began a long, slow decline from which it still hasn’t emerged." Maloney then goes on to say, "The boardwalk now runs past drab high-rise apartment complexes; housing projects; acres of overgrown vacant lots and faded pastel buildings; hourly hotels, halfway houses and nursing homes."

Mr. Maloney failed to mention the beautiful new homes that are being built throughout the Rockaway peninsula and the new construction of retail stores. There is a renaissance emerging in the Rockaways, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Rockaway bashing continues in the press. I will call Mr. Maloney, who is on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, and invite him to join me and other community activists on a walking tour of the Rockaways, a hidden jewel in New York City.

MARY DEVER

EDUCATION CHAIRPERSON

ROCKAWAY ACTION COMMITTEE


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