2003-06-13 / Community

The Most Important Event In Rockaway’s History? You Decide

By Howard Schwach
The Most Important Event In Rockaway’s History? You Decide

The Most Important Event In Rockaway’s History? You Decide


Was the Crash of American Airlines Flight 587 the most important story in the history of Rockaway?Was the Crash of American Airlines Flight 587 the most important story in the history of Rockaway?

By Howard Schwach

Most people think of "history" as a course that they hated in high school. Every community, however, has its history and that history changed the people of the community and the way they lived.

As part of its 110th Anniversary, which will be coming up this July, The Wave wants to know what you think about history. In fact, we want to know what you think is the most important event in Rockaway’s history.

Was it the original "Wave of Fire," that devastated the Seaside portion of the peninsula in 1893, sparking the publication of the first issue of The Wave?

Was it the storm in August of that year that wiped out Hog Island and all of its buildings?

Was it the incorporation of Rockaway into New York City?

Was it 1907, when the Broad Channel Volies made their first run?

Was it 1911, when the Rockaway Beach Hospital, the first to serve Rockaway, was opened?

Was it August of that year, when the famous surfer and movie actor, Duke Kahanamoku, came to Rockaway?

Was it the takeoff of the famous NC-4. Or, was it some more recent event, such as the subway coming to Rockaway, the opening of the bridges from Brooklyn and Queens, the new road from Broad Channel to Rockaway, the crash of American Airlines Flight 587, the coming of the city housing projects, Arverne By The Sea?

Nominate the event that you think is the most important in Rockaway history by contacting The Wave. That can be done by E-mail (editor@rockawave.com), by telephone (718-634-4000) or by fax (718-945-0913). Sometime early in July, The Wave will print the top nominated events and ask all of our readers to vote on those events. The results of the vote will be printed in the special 110 Anniversary Issue of The Wave.


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