2004-09-10 / Community

Weather Affects Rockaway Labor Day Activities

By Miriam Rosenberg


Kenneth Baransky, of the Park Enforcement Service, and his partner (not pictured) watches over a lonely stretch of beach as the weather keeps people away the day before Labor Day. Baransky is also an auxiliary police officer with the 101st Precinct.
Kenneth Baransky, of the Park Enforcement Service, and his partner (not pictured) watches over a lonely stretch of beach as the weather keeps people away the day before Labor Day. Baransky is also an auxiliary police officer with the 101st Precinct. Contributing Editor

The effects of Hurricane Frances pounding the east coast of Florida caused Rockaway Beach to show two different faces during the Labor Day weekend. During the first couple of days the weather was gray, the surf whipped up and the beach was almost deserted. On Labor Day, skies were clear blue and the beach was active with people celebrating the last “unofficial day” of summer.

On Sunday, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean roll up near an empty lifeguard chair on Beach 25th Street.
On Sunday, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean roll up near an empty lifeguard chair on Beach 25th Street.

Seagulls and ducks seem to out number the few fishermen, people taking walks and lifeguards who shared the beach on Sunday. 
Seagulls and ducks seem to out number the few fishermen, people taking walks and lifeguards who shared the beach on Sunday. The sunshine on Labor Day brings out children and parents to Rockaway Beach Park on Beach 9th Street. 
The sunshine on Labor Day brings out children and parents to Rockaway Beach Park on Beach 9th Street. The Sanchez family of Ridgewood, Queens spend Labor Day on Rockaway Beach. While mom and dad look on, their children build sandcastles.
The Sanchez family of Ridgewood, Queens spend Labor Day on Rockaway Beach. While mom and dad look on, their children build sandcastles. A man looking for valuables in the sand, women looking out toward the ocean and people fishing make up some of the various activities of beachgoers on Labor Day 2004.
A man looking for valuables in the sand, women looking out toward the ocean and people fishing make up some of the various activities of beachgoers on Labor Day 2004. O’Donohue Park was filled with people looking to end their summer on a high note with a Labor Day barbecue.
O’Donohue Park was filled with people looking to end their summer on a high note with a Labor Day barbecue. A man and a young boy attempt to get their kite in the air as they head near O’Donohue Park.
A man and a young boy attempt to get their kite in the air as they head near O’Donohue Park.

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