2002-08-17 / Editorial/Opinion

Shortchanged Once Again By Our City

Shortchanged Once Again By Our City

It is a sad fact of life that Coney Island is the city’s Golden Boy while Rockaway is the city’s pre-prince charming Cinderella. Need a place to put a new minor league ballpark? Put it in Coney Island despite the borough president’s objections. Want to build a city aquarium? Put it in Coney Island. Want to develop new industry and the infrastructure to support it? Put it in Coney Island. Have an old, decrepit bath club that you want to develop? Help the developers build million dollar condos on the land. Walt Disney looking for a spot for a new theme park? Why not Coney Island, the perfect spot? At one point, it seemed to us that all of the beachfront development energy the city could muster was going to our western neighbor. Now, it is spreading. Want to build a new environmental education center? We have the perfect spot, in the eastern end of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, right on the beach and three blocks from the bay. What site could be better for environmental education? The city has a better place. The new education center will be in Brookville Park in Rosedale. According to published sources, City Councilman James Sanders was instrumental in getting the center for Rosedale. Does that name sound familiar? It should. He is the City Councilman for the east end of Rockaway. He is a Rockaway resident. I have one question for Jim. Hey, Jim, why not Rockaway? It seems, once again, Rockaway is being shortchanged by both the city and its own representatives.


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