2004-09-17 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20

Years Ago...

In response to an appeal by Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes, New York City Mayor Edward Koch has asked the state to ask the federal government to designate Queens a disaster area. Manes made his request to the mayor last month after the borough was hit with its third major rainstorm of the summer. Damage was reported throughout the county.

Metropolitan Transportation Administration Chairman Robert R. Kiley is promising Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz that he will talk to New York City Transit Authority President David I. Gunn about extending the JFK Express, the “train to the plane,” to Rockaway Park.

More than 500 concerned residents of Rockaway, nearly half of them listening by loudspeaker outside the American Legion, heard Community Board 14 reject three proposals for the massive, empty, Arverne Urban Renewal Area after an open meeting on September 19. The board said it rejected the plans because they did not provide hotels, a sports complex or a convention center.

Reports from Bellevue Hospital to Peninsula Hospital indicate that a youth who nearly had an arm and a leg severed during a boating accident last weekend will not lose either the arm or the leg, but the use of both will be restricted.

The West Point Cadet Jewish Choir is returning to Rockaway, according to Sy Sheldon, commander of Lt. Bernard H. Wiener Post 258 Jewish War Veterans and Democratic leader of Part B in the 23 Assembly District.

30

Years Ago...

Several hundred local kids are the real winners in the acquisition by the City of New York of the former clubhouse of Maris Stella Council, Knights of Columbus, on Cornaga Avenue. The 100 Precinct Community Council and the Police Athletic League of the 101 Precinct will make it the base of their activities from now on.

The City Planning Commission will hold a meeting on an amendment to the Zoning Map changing from an R3-2 District to an R2 District, property bounded by Beach 9 Street, Hicksville Road, Read’s Lane, boundary line of City of New York and Seagirt Boulevard.

Sam Levinson, noted humorist who lives in Neponsit, brought a message of appreciation to the celebration of Rabbi Joseph I. Weiss’ 25 years as rabbi or the West End Temple-Sinai Congregation two weeks ago. “He said just what was in all our hearts,” said one member.

Episcopalians from the entire local area attended services last Sunday morning in Trinity Church Hewlett, now to be known as Trinity-St. John’s Church, formerly of Far Rockaway.

40

Years Ago...

In spite of the cool, cloudy weather a goodly number of spectators stood along the boulevard to witness the annual firemen’s parade last Saturday evening.

Last week a tract of land near Hook Creek was the largest sold in the auction sale held by the City of New York. It brought some $280,000, which amounts to about $1.80 per square foot.

An airplane breaking the sound barrier did not cause the crash that was heard throughout the entire community last week. The noise came from all those falling pins as the Catholic Youth Organizations opened its bowling season.

Oysters “R” in season again, but they’re getting scarce. Too bad, after all these years of purification, that the waters of Jamaica Bay cannot be used to grow those once famous Rockaway oysters. They were the best in the world.

50

Years Ago...

Assurances that the proposed Title 1 Project in the Arverne-Hammel area will be built was given by City Construction Coordinator Robert Moses as 2,000 people witnessed the cornerstone laying and opening of Hammel Houses. Moses outlined the plans for the project and the Seaside Title 1 project and said they would go a long way toward eliminating slums in the Rockaways.

Fred Stein, Sam Getz, Leon Nagin, Rabbi Joseph I. Weiss, Albert G. Seidman, Judge William B. Groat and many others participated in the cornerstone laying of the West End Temple.

Free parking is now available in the Rockaway Park business section during business hours, it was announced by Arthur F. Wendel, president of the Rockaway Park Businessmen’s Association.

William F. Brunner was elected a member of the board of directors of Central Chapter of Queens, American National Red Cross, at the recent annual meeting.

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