2002-08-17 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Since Rockaway is anxiously looking forward to speedy Ferry service to New York City and back, I attended the christening of the new Hoboken high speed catamaran that started its run to and from New York and New Jersey to get more insight into ferry service. The Mayor of Hoboken and his wife were on hand to christen this new very functional, plush, comfortable ferry, Hoboken. New York Waterways took the New Jersey dignitaries and press for a short run from Hoboken to Weehawken on the first inaugural ferry ride where we disembarked to enjoy a lovely lunch at the elegant Spirito Grill which faces the docks, the Hudson River and the sensational view of New York City.

The President of New York Waterways, Arthur Imperatore gave a nice talk and mentioned how years ago, when he first ventured into reviving ferry service along the New York Waterways he was thought to be crazy. They now say he is a "visionary". The ferry service has not only built up the areas around the docks, but his ferries now carry 25,000 passengers a day and are still increasing in riders. His son, Arthur Jr., is Vice President of the business. I spoke to both Father and Son about our ferry problems in the Rockaways. Arthur Jr. said he has been to the Rockaways and has checked out the possibilities. He spoke to Liz Sulik and Audrey Pheffer.

Arthur Imperatore Sr. told me that they need to build larger ferries to go under the Verrazano Bridge and along the Atlantic Ocean in front of Coney Island to Riis landing and Floyd Bennett Field. He stressed including Floyd Bennett This way, he said, those traveling along the Belt Parkway can turn off on Flatbush Ave. to Floyd Bennett where there is more than ample FREE parking and hop on the ferry to Wall street. If you need midtown their ferries also go to East 34th St as well as along the West side of Manhattan from Wall Street. The car commuters then avoid the fare on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel as well as the exorbitant price for parking in the city.

In order to keep the ferries running they must have 300 people ride them each trip. The Imperatores are very seriously working on ferry service to the Rockaways, but they told me it would not be for at least another year. Hey, we have waited so long now what is another year? But, folks, you have to be willing to ride these ferries. It may cost a buck or two more but the trip itself is worth it. Although the New York Waterway has never been subsidized. Perhaps the city and Gateway National Park will help out. (With a gambling casino here it would be a shoe-in). If we keep positive thinking we may be able to push it through. But, it does look as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

An old timer from Dayton Beach sent me an e-mail about his son, Warren, also a resident, who married Toni Diamond who contracted ALS. She would not be able to breathe, speak or move on her own if not for her only care taker, Warren, who saved two people from drowning in the nearby treacherous waters a few years back.

He and his wife founded WINGS last year to benefit research at John Hopkin’s Hospital and the Lou Gehrig Center and will hold "Wings over Wall Street Benefit/Auction at the Marriott Marquis Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Items for auction, cash donations and your support in attendance are all needed for this worthy cause.

Janet of Studio J gave me my usual design manicure and I met, for the first time, their new hair stylist, a good-looking young guy called Dima. He not only is a stylist for women but is excellent for the their male patrons. You guys and gals should try him out.

Congratulations to Donald Ritter who just passed his State EMT test and is now a full fledged Emergency Medical Technician. Now that all his studying is behind him he wants you to know he is single and ready to mingle. And, gals, you will never find a better, more decent, sweeter and considerate guy than Donald. He is the best catch of the year. Donald owns the Breezy and Rockaway Point super markets AND the best Surf Shop anywhere Don’t buy any swim wear, surfing equipment, shoes, blouses, shirts, tops, tee-shirts etc. until you browse through the Breezy Point Surf Shop. He has the lowest prices anywhere. …See the advertisement in this week’s Wave.

Had dinner with Tom Connors at Kennedy’s last week and it was so enjoyable. Kennedy’s is so pleasurable especially this time of year with their glorious view of the sunsets and NYC Skyline. They had had trouble earlier in the day with air conditioning but that problem was remedied quickly and we were so glad. You feel so at home there and the food is home style, too, depending on your choice. Neither one of us had had lamb in a while. It was very tasty served with their smooth mashed potatoes and vegetable and mint jelly. A simple meal but well presented and tasty. There is always a nice group of people at Kennedy’s in a room with a view. Who can ask for more?

Don’t forget the Teen Show this evening, Friday, August 16 at the Colony Theater in Rockaway Point. This is your last chance to see these talented kids. The show doesn’t start till 8 p.m., so you still have time to make it if you just picked up the paper today. It is on my agenda for the evening. See you there.

"Dorothy Dunne Travels in Style" to Germany will be aired on Sunday, August 18 at 10:30 p.m. on UHF Channel 39.

More travel specials on UHF chs. 26,35& 39 Mon. to Fri. E-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com, or


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