2005-03-25 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

BEVERLY BAXTERBEVERLY BAXTER One need not be a born and bred locally to fully appreciate living here. Rockaway, unlike any other place in the city, is unique in that it is still one of the few places left that has managed to retain its small town-”where everybody knows your name” (and your business!) charm. As more and more parts of the city see gentrification of their neighborhoods, Rockaway is still a place where you can go to the corner store and be waited on by the owner, who will know your order by heart; and he or she will not only know your name, but will know the kind of day you had simply by the gait in your step as you walk in the door!

One such welcoming place is the new Boardwalk Bagel and Deli on the corner of Beach 108 Street and Old Rockaway Beach Blvd. (a.k.a. Mickey Carton Way). Formally the site of the renowned Ward’s Deli, a local landmark business owned by the late and beloved Ann Ward, Boardwalk Bagels improves upon a tried and true business standard. From the moment the store opened its doors last summer, many welcomed it with opened arms and hungry tummies. The location, a popular corner, beckoned to once again be a convenient destination for that quick cup of coffee and bagel, the morning newspaper, or that quick, hot, dinner-to-go on your way home from a long day’s work; however it exceeded many expectations. Often, the ingredient that defines a successful business is not how much it can gain from a community, but from what it can give back. Even well before renovations were completed, locals knew that they were in for a treat. The owners could have simply slapped on a generic “deli” sign and opened for business like every other bodega in our area, but they took their time in distinguishing themselves as above the ordinary fray, which has, unfortunately, become the standard. With its navy blue nautical awnings, which really enhance that corner, to the naming of their specials (such as “The Bungalow”, “The Surf”, “The Tidal Wave” etc..), everything about Boardwalk Bagels and Deli expresses its owners’ true desire to give something to the community. 

“This has been a joint venture that began as a dream among three close friends and their familes.”, states Paulie Capoziello who, along with Robert Anzalone and Danny Foster also shared a deep fondness for Rockaway Beach. “One of the best parts is meeting all the neighbors and hearing the stories. There is so much history just on Beach 108 Street alone! Between Gallagher’s, the Basketball games, Fitzgerald’s...it’s just awesome to be here!” 

The menu boasts gourmet cuisine as well as traditional favorites. From their assortment of hand-rolled fresh hot bagels to the freshest crème cheeses, scallion, vegetable, sun-dried tomato, walnut, etc., both regular and low fat, to their rotisserie chicken, hot turkey dinners with stuffing and trimmings, to their roast beef and brisket, or desserts like their delicious chocolate brownies, everything is baked and prepared on premises. They offer mile-high sandwiches, and the best soups and salads. For the best remedy for a cold night, try one of their homemade soups like Lobster Bisque (with big chunks of mouth-watering fresh lobster-my favorite!), or the Clam Chowder, Split Pea, or Beef Barley, to name just a few. For that unexpected company or that day at the beach, pick up some of their fresh salads like cajun chicken salad, colossal shrimp salad, Caesar, or their traditional chef. 

Boardwalk Bagels and Deli is open seven days a week from 6am’til 10pm..They offer catering packages for all of your up-coming Block Parties, Communions, Graduations, or that fourth of July party on the beach. They will also be happy to deliver your order! So stop in, become a regular, and say hi to Paulie, Robert, Danny, and Melissa. They will remember your name and you will feel like family!

***My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Patricia Eaton, a gracious and poised lady who will be missed by the many who knew and loved her.

***Continued get-well wishes to Mrs. Mary Lenihan who recently endured serious back surgery. I’m glad you’re on the mend.

***Congratulations to Mike Foley on the birth of his granddaughter Maura, who is named for her beloved grandmother Maura Foley.

***May you have a blessed Easter.

***See you...On the Beach!

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