2003-07-04 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter

Since the Fed dropped interest rates another quarter of a point last week, this will allow and afford millions more to enter into the housing market. This is very good news for those who are building and looking to buy homes in our town. According to several of my real estate broker friends, the little hamlet island of Broad Channel is the best buy and investment. Part of the reason that makes Broad Channel so desirable to many first time buyers is the schools. The island boasts P.S 47, which is the only K-8 school in Rockaway.

St. Virgilius, the island’s parochial school, is exclusively small with an average student-teacher ratio of twelve to one. For many whom I have known personally, Broad Channel is a magical place in which to grow up. It is also very sound and stable. Because families tend to stay for generations, there is very little change or decline in the quality of life. As one drives through "the channel", one can’t help but notice the many improvements to and pride that people take in their homes. If you can assess the one quality that is most germane to the island it would have to be its conduciveness to family and children. Compared to many places around New York and Long Island, Broad Channel has managed to retain the best qualities of what a "neighborhood" should be!

***Speaking of much of the building going on...Matthew Safos of Rockaway Revitalization has just recently added another structure to his string of houses in Rockaway Park with his purchase of the "Touhey House". Matthew and his son Jack practically own most of the beach-block houses in Rockaway Park between B. 113 and B. 115 Streets; and they have done such a superb job of gutting them down to the studs and renovating them. Matthew is a daring visionary and much welcomed credit to our town.

***I presume it’s Ruthie Graves who is conducting the new Hot Yoga classes at the new studio on Beach Channel Drive. You will remember Ruth who is an extremely gifted actress who has performed in many of the RTC productions since its inception. She is also very giving and warm, and I very much look forward to attending her classes! Good luck, dear!

***A few thoughts on the passing of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn. She was an icon who was revered as much for her sense of trend-setting style and steely wit as she was celebrated for her acting. Her style was very simple: slacks, which were unheard of for women before she dared to wear them, and turtleneck sweaters and man-tailored blazers. When she was given a Fashion Award by American Designers, she quipped, "Imagine, the original bag lady receiving an award for the way she dressed!" Another one of her notorious one-liners expressed her attitude toward marriage. She felt that couples were more suited to "live next door to each other and visit often"! Along with the other brilliant and genius comediennes of her day like Carole Lombard and Lucille Ball, Katharine Hepburn will be missed; yet she will endure.

***You must get your copy of the new Chamber of Commerce Rockaway Guide. This great keepsake is a terrific reference and catalogs where to go, where to dine, our many outdoor activities, and boasts the best that Rockaway has to offer. With it’s glossy cover and great copy, you will refer to it time and again. Congratulations to Joanie George and Liz Sulik on another fine collaboration and a job well done! See you...On the Beach!  

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