2001-11-17 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Rockaway gets hit again. It was not enough we lost over 90 Firefighters and a number of police officers in the area in the World Trade Center Attack, but now this horrible plane crash. The agony of it all.

My heart and my prayers go out to all the victims in the plane and the missing and dead on the streets of Belle Harbor. Susan Locke, our publisher, is lucky to be alive…so close to the scene of the accident she could see the plane come down from her kitchen window. You are here for a reason, Susan. Maybe it is to keep The WAVE going and reporting on the happenings of this peninsula. How often we have clamored. "Nobody knows Rockaway; we are the neglected district of the City of New York?" We cannot say that anymore.

Rockaway is now known world wide with the coverage this AA Air Bus crash received on CNN. What a sad way to make headlines. It is said that things have to get worse before they get better. I think it has gotten worse enough. Better times must be around the corner. Let’s hope so, anyway.

And, folks, aren’t we happy now that we still belong to the city? The city is there to help us now in this emergency. THEY ARE THERE FOR US! Where would we be if we became a city unto ourselves as John Baxter suggested? Where would we be? I agree with our editor. We would be in fantasyland.

This, however, is the time we should push for casinos. It would be a shot in the arm for Rockaway and definitely revitalize this area. It means employment for our residents, not only in construction but in hotel and casino maintenance. Las Vegas has no real problems with crime. They seem to be able to handle gambling very well. Some people are gamblers and some aren’t. Those who are will gamble anywhere.

Why should they go elsewhere? Our politicians who are against gambling are not for the best interests of Rockaway, and, that goes for the ridiculous fight by our politicians to turn down permission to use a portion of the Riis Park parking field for police confiscated cars. Why not? The lot is for cars. It is not near any residences and would be in a hidden away portion of the field. Yet we fought this. And, by so doing turned down two and half million dollars the city wanted to pay us in compensation. Such ballyhoo our politicians made in the guise of helping Rockaway.

This came to mind after reading Kevin Boyle’s "Boyleing Point" column when he mentioned what happened to the Olympic Pool? With two and half million dollars we could have built two Olympic pools. These are the decisions of our elected politicians. Re-examine their policies. Are they a help or a hindrance? Or are they just making a big splash to bring attention to themselves as do gooders? We must make sure we elect the right people. And, I am glad the WAVE backed Mike Bloomberg for Mayor. More than that, I am happy he won. He has proven himself in business. Let’s see how he will run the city. With Rockaway on everyone’s lips, now is the time to bring forth the needs of this peninsula and present them to him. Hopefully out of all this chaos we may see brighter days.

Though people have a fear of flying right now, Bruce Angle from Breezy Point flew to the Island of Curacao and is now home and reported he had a super, super time. He loved the Plaza Hotel and found the tourist and natives very friendly. He took some interesting tours, but would advise those who visit this most unusual island to take even more tours, especially to visit other neighbor islands close by. Glad you had such a good trip and that you are home safely.

A new hotel opened called South Park Hotel at 151 East 38th St near Park Avenue. They have a spacious bar and lounge and well-appointed rooms and affordable prices for New York City. Very nice, indeed.

Just in time for the Holiday Season, adorable Bear Chefs dressed in their chef’s hat and apron with recipes for Latkes, another states Low-Cal Laktes and one that says, "Miracles My Matzo Balls have risen." They are Miniatures in Judaica". They are $18 and you can order by phone; Miniatures in Judaica in Bay Terrace, New York.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show was in town this week…for the trade only, but I got a glimpse of some of the best new products; such as Tumero’s Gourmet snacks made with organic corn called Krispy Crunchy puffs that are baked not fried, 50% less fat than potato chips, Kosher and come in tangy BBQ, Cheddar, Ranch and Herb and Natural Corn. Very tasty and healthier for you.

Oscar’s, at the Waldorf served super delicious pumpkin soup and osso bucca.

They are offering specials for Thanksgiving Day dinner. The Best of Show winners were: Chris’s Cookies made from Belgian chocolate and raspberry studded with white and semisweet chocolate and topped with raspberries. Bimetric safe by VingCard Elsafe took top honors ultimate in safety and Water Journey for amenities for their antibacterial hand cleanser.

The Gold Key Awards were presented to: The Hotel Plaza Athenae Arabelle Restaurant, Rain in Toronto, Ca. and St. Regis Grand Rome-Vivendo Restaurant, Rome, Italy/. Guest Rooms the Library Hotel, N.Y.; Suites Chambers, N.Y. and Dumont Plaza, N.Y.; Senior Living, Courtyard Foundations at Gresham; OR; Boylston Place, Chestnut Hill, Ma. Classic Residence by Hyatt, Riverdale in Yonkers. Spa/Resort, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Mia. AJUNE Medi-Spa, New York City.

Met Mr. And Mrs. Zagat at the Union Club luncheon for the Asia Society where they launched their new Tokyyo Zagat restaurant guide. They spoke of their experiences and how more women ate out in Japan and participated in the Zagat survey. They were more critical than most destinations they have surveyed. They have 100 people work for Zagat in New York and they use 2 people to organize the local surveys in Japan or elsewhere. Since they have been on the web their sales have increased immensely. Both are lawyers and started Zagat as a hobby and never believed it would turn into such a successful enterprise. What a way to make a living. They both look very healthy. Guess they go to the best in their guide.

Giorgio Armani joined partnership with Sotheby’s New Collectors, "Contemporary Art from the Douglas S. Cramer Collection" at a cocktail reception at Sotheby’s that displayed stunning art pieces and Armani’s newest fashions on live models throughout the evening. Very impressive.

TRAVEL:

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