I'm not sure if our friends and neighbors have taken the time to stroll around the Rockaway Peninsula, perhaps I can give you my virtual tour. If you haven't noticed, we've been invaded by "Rogue Builders." My definition of rogue builders is as follows: shabby work, inferior designs, building multiple dwellings with inferior products, out-of-town, greedy individuals who care only of the almighty dollar, rather than preserving Rockaway's unique qualities. These builders are unaware what it is like to live in a beach community. They are invading our community with housing which does not support the area or the working middle class family. They are offering dwellings in a waterfront community at prices ridiculously too high, for attached homes lacking certain amenities.
A large percentage of these builders do not offer parking. (Try to find parking on a good beach day!) Or if they do have parking, it doesn't include a garage. However, there are a few dwellings that do include garages which are on such a steep incline probably will not fair well during ice or snow storms. Homeowners will end up parking on the street, if they can find a parking spot. Where one house once stood on one parcel of land the builders are building 2 two-family houses. Again parking garage not included.
What happened to our beachfront charm, of wrap-around porches and decks to enjoy the ocean and bay breezes? It is unfortunate that there is little construction of quality one family homes with front yards, backyards, and garages.
Let's continue our tour to another interesting project underway at 108 Street. I have heard these multiple dwellings are selling as condominiums. During the beginning stages of construction it seemed like a promising addition to our community. Two units facing the water. However, GREED once again took over, and a third unit was quickly erected behind.
Another example is the metal apparatus attached to one of the new oceanfront houses. I guess this is supposed to be a deck. It looks as if it could be some sort of a conduit during a lightning storm with the ocean just steps away.
I also noticed many vacant pieces of property have fences around them. Seems to me this is a sure sign that something will be erected in the very near future.
Let's continue to the dwellings on Beach 92, 93 and 94 Streets. This certainly is interesting. Not a porch or deck, although there are lots and lots of apartments, could this be the beginning of a new 3-story Housing Project? Certainly looks like it.
I commend the builders of the Beach 56 Street Development. These brick homes seemed to be built well and look quite nice, unfortunately they are all attached or semi-attached.
The Arverne By The Sea Development hasn't begun building as of yet. I would suggest our community investigate some of the builders and their previous construction experience before its too late.
In retrospect, it is wonderful that Rockaway is experiencing a Renaissance. I welcome our new neighbors to this wonderful community. Perhaps the influx of new neighbors and residents will bring interest to the Rockaways to support a ferry service from Manhattan to Rockaway, the roads certainly won't!