2003-09-12 / Community

REMA Fashion Show Draws East End Crowd

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
REMA Fashion Show Draws East End Crowd By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Debbie McWilliams represents the class of 2023 in this outfit by Bridal Creations.Debbie McWilliams represents the class of 2023 in this outfit by Bridal Creations.

The Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) hosted its 1st Annual Fall Fashion Show and Open Market September 6 on Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue.

The coming together of East Rockaway businesses was, in itself, an unprecedented event.

"All the merchants banded together to make this happen in such a short time," said Raphael Diaz of REMA. "Most merchants didn’t even know each other."

Curtis Archer, of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, said "I’ve never seen this type of organization with the east end merchants."


The BQ Steppers, dressed in their Federation Jeans (a company reportedly coming to Arverne) show off some fancy dance moves for the crowd.The BQ Steppers, dressed in their Federation Jeans (a company reportedly coming to Arverne) show off some fancy dance moves for the crowd.

By working together, the merchants association and the Department of Sanitation turned the little used walkway into a "nice, usable space," continued Archer.

All fashions and hair design were provided by local stores – Bridal Creations by Lavida, Simply Gorgeous Fashions, Sonia’s Beauty Salon and King’s and Queen’s Hair. Also, vendors sold merchandise at discount prices, a DJ kept the music going all afternoon and the BQ Steppers entertained the crowd.


Police Officer Shirley Kirkland of the 105 Precinct and Sergeant Kevin Dunn of the 101 Precinct represented the NYPD’s anti-graffiti unit. The unit brought in 80 volunteers to help clean Far Rockaway of graffiti.Police Officer Shirley Kirkland of the 105 Precinct and Sergeant Kevin Dunn of the 101 Precinct represented the NYPD’s anti-graffiti unit. The unit brought in 80 volunteers to help clean Far Rockaway of graffiti.Turbo Lindo, the day’s DJ, with Roadblock International, kept the music going throughout the day.Turbo Lindo, the day’s DJ, with Roadblock International, kept the music going throughout the day.

Members of the REMA, the RDRC and the NYPD pose for The Wave camera.  All photos by Miriam Rosenberg.Members of the REMA, the RDRC and the NYPD pose for The Wave camera. All photos by Miriam Rosenberg.

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