2002-09-28 / Editorial/Opinion

Give A Little, Get A Lot

Give A Little, Get A Lot

Those who watched the sun go down over the site for the new Tribute Park could not help but be thrilled by one of the most beautiful sights in New York City—the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline and the Marine Parkway Bridge. When those same people turned around, however, they were faced with another sight, one not quite as pleasing. What adjoins the new park site at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116 Street are several beat-up storage trailers and a now-empty used-car lot. That has to change. The owner of that property, Walter Gorman, is the same man who owns the strip of stores that runs from Beach 116 east to Beach 112 Street as well as the old A & P Building that now houses the Exercise Club and several medical offices. There have been rumors that the land that now houses the trailers and the lot will soon be the new Duane Reade Drug Store. We have been hearing that for years, and it now seems to be more rumor than fact. If so, then the back of the store, with its loading dock and dumpsters, would face the park. If not, then the property would probably remain as it is – adorned by rotting trailers. Something should be done with that property before any plans for Tribute Park are finalized. Perhaps Gorman would find it advantageous to donate the land to the Chamber through its 301(C) Corporation, the Rockaway Partnership. Perhaps he could sell it to the city. In any case, it would be a shame for the beautiful, meaningful park planned for the tribute to those who died in the terrorist attack on September 11 to be hemmed in by the bay on one side and rotting metal on the other.


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