2001-09-22 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

At the urging of Borough President Donald Manes, the Board of Estimate voted last week on two resolutions that would allow the residents of Broad Channel to but the land that their homes are situated on.

Steps are underway to improve the Beach 116 Street area are underway, starting with the construction of an indoor mall on the site where the A & P Supermarket once stood. Also planned is a "San Francisco-style wharf on the bay end of Beach 116 Street.

Scrolls memorializing Sam Levinson and Frederick Hammer were dedicated on Sunday afternoon at the West End Temple. Rabbi Joseph Weiss presided.

Primary elections will be held on September 22, the day originally scheduled for the runoff elections. The original September 10 primary was aborted by court decision in a dispute over the new City Council lines. There will be no city council candidates on the ballot.

District Attorney John Santucci has announced the closing of a "porno" establishment at 113-20 Beach Channel Drive. The owner of the establishment was arrested for showing two "sexually explicit" films on the premises.

Andrea Dulberg of Bayswater has returned to The State University at Binghamton after serving during the summer as a congressional aide to Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The Harbor Light Diner and Restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard was serving whole lobster dinners for $7.50. Those who wanted their lobster stuffed paid $7.95. Also on the menu was stuffed shrimp with mushrooms and a Rumanian Steak for $9.95. All meals came with a carafe of wine.

Although the summer season has officially ended, that has not kept crowds of people from using the beaches during the recent hot spell.

With the closing of Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 116 Street to Beach 120 Street, those who usually use the Q21 and Q35 buses have been wondering where to find the bus stops.

With the casino gambling plan for Rockaway now a dead issue, locals are waiting for somebody to come up with a new plan that would address Rockaway’s needs. Everybody thinks that it is a shame for that fine land to lie fallow and go to waste.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

With a bi-partisan endorsement, Civil Court Judge Frederic Hammer is certain to become a Supreme Court Judge on the first of the year.

Residents of Beach 9 Street near Central Avenue have become wary because of a number of burglaries and muggings in the area in recent days.

There are large piles of sand on the bay front at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street as excavation proceeds for a new McDonald’s Restaurant on that site.

The final houses still standing in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area finally succumbed to the bulldozer this week.

Comptroller Abe Beame told a crowded Chamber of Commerce meeting this week that he was opposed to raising the fare on the subway and that he was working to do away with the double fare for Rockaway.

There is growing apprehension among businessmen and visitors to Beach 116 Street about the condition of the pavement on the street. There are not only potholes, but large craters that will need repair.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Adolph Mayer heads the Rockaway Optimist’s Club. He painted a glowing picture of Rockaway before a meeting of the Rockaway Rotary Club last week.

Among the landmarks scheduled to be demolished this week is the former Charles Murphy Building on the corner or Beach 86 Street and the Boulevard. It was formerly used for the Correlo Fish Market and, before that, by the King Laundry.

October 1 will be "John G. Linder Day" at the Sage Presbyterian Church, marking the 75th year of the church and the 35th for Linder as the organist and choirmaster for the church.

George Smith says that he had a great time talking about Rockaway with Guy Mott and Dr. Austin Johnson a few days ago at the Mott estate at South Egermont, Maine.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Idelwild Airport may be stymied by a human blockade of its runways unless some action is taken to end the planes flying so low over Rockaway, according to a statement by Thomas Caliguiri, the president of the Sommerville Civic Association.

Jack Rogoff, 48, a Rockaway Park businessman and community activist, died suddenly at his home on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. George Wolpert are expected to return home soon after a short vacation in Virginia.

James Lundy of Douglaston was unanimously chosen by the Queens Republican Committee as the party’s candidate for Borough President.

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