2003-08-01 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

From The Rockaway MuseumDedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Good Old Days At Rockaway Point
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views of the Rockaways From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Historical Views
of the Rockaways
From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

The Good Old Days At Rockaway Point….1925

For four score plus years, ferryboats plied the waters between the Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, and the summer colony at Rockaway Point. There were several boats in use during the years 1902 to 1985. One of these old boats is still in use today up at West Point, as a dinner/ cruise vessel during the summer season. That boat, the commander, is pictured landing at the Point in the mid 1920’s.

In the years since the last ferry run to the Point of Rockaway, many attempts have been made to institute a new ferry line, for commuters, to their jobs in Manhattan, About here attempts have failed, and yet another ferry line…which seems to
be shrouded in mystery…is being implemented like a black -ops plan of battle. Will it be specifically for commuters, or something just for Gateway National Recreation Area? Since that dumb-ass move by the Federal Parks Service, which inflicted corporal punishment for the mistakes of a few anal cavities, no big events like Pow-Wows, or air shows, or arts festivals have been held there. Now the sort of Secret Service ferry comes around.

I have personally asked ferry persons one big question, and that query is about the second photo appearing in Historical views today. In plain English I ask, "Why in the hell can’t someone, including the federal gang, get a large hover-craft ferry(s) to transport people and cars and small trucks around the Metropolitan region the year round… and for the price of a Metro card for commuters. You say that cannot be done! I say that it doesn’t want to be done by anybody….because the idea is so simple, that they and our leaders cannot fathom it! If a hovercraft is good enough to cross the English Channel (till the tunnel under the
English Channel was dug,
Jamaica Bay and New York Harbor should be a piece of cake!)

So instead of wasting money for studies, committees, hearings, surveys, and listening to blubber heads complain about this and that, just put the damn boat…let the public know…make some free rides available, and let the majority rule as to whether they would care for such a ferry service. Why should the eggheads who won’t ever use it….say whether it was good or not! It’s that simple….like taking a car for a test drive at a dealer!

This craft does not cause great wakes to ruin moored boats and dock floars or delicate marsh islands. This should keep the environmentalists quiet! This craft rides on a cushion of air inside a wrap around apron, the noise is not disturbing to riders or surroundings. The size is very reasuring.

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