A beautiful two-family brick home on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard (the former office of Dr. Averick) is about to be demolished and in its place, a mini-apartment house of condominium units is being built. The shame of tearing down this beautiful home is that current zoning for that particular piece of property allows this. The rest of the block is zoned ‘R3-Z,’ while this piece of property and the apartment house next to it are zoned ‘R4’.
The developer and the real estate companies who sold this property are not to blame for this destruction. After all, this is their business. Where the fault lies is in the patchwork of multiple zoning that exists between 108 to 130 Streets. Some areas are ‘R4’, some ‘R3-2’ and some ‘R3-1’. It is little wonder the community cannot speak with one voice when there are so many divided interests.
Unless the zoning issue is addressed, many of the homes in big pieces of property will become big brick boxes with no character and too much density. The charm of Rockaway will be undone by the bulldozers unless we stop it.
Thanks For The Memories
This letter is in response to the photograph in The Wave on June 17, 2005.
It was taken right across the street from where the Wave office is now.
The house with the flag and people watching the parade was called The Glocca Morra House. My husband’s uncle, John Moore, stayed there in the summer. He remembers going crabbing with him and his uncle cooking the crabs behind the house.
Next was Young’s Clothing Store. I remember buying a bathing suit there when I was 15 years old. Next was the Post Office and after that was Millhouser’s Drug Store at Beach 90 Street. Across the street was Gatley and Gilroy’s Bar and Grill. I believe Surf Liquor was next and Ocean City Cleaners after that.
Thanks for the memories.
LORRAINE AND JAY MOORE
DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
This letter is in agreement with Mr. Aaron Styles’ letter in The Wave last week.
I am in total agreement with Mr. Styles regarding Councilman Sanders and the upcoming election. Councilman Sanders, not only being a life long Rockaway resident, but he has been a life long friend. How many of those do we have, especially in the Rockaways. Not to mention the Councilman’s U.S. Marine service to his country. James is one of the most honest men that I know, (you will not find that in most). To replace Councilman Sanders at this stage of Rockaway’s councilmanic life, would be in my opinion, disheartening. To use a sports analogy, In the sports world when you change a coach and/or coaches it does not help anyone, team, fans, management. The same can be said here. Councilman Sanders, least we forget, has made the effort to renovate the 60’s street area, who do you think is in the forefront of the new housing developments going on presently, Oh, lets not forget, who is Chairman of the valued and prestigious Economic and Development Committee.
Councilman Sanders in regards to this campaign, is the most qualified man for the continued job at hand. Yes. I agree, enhanced professional training regarding his staff is a must, remember, they are part of Councilman Sanders team and they will get better, as will Councilman Sanders and the Rockaways.
COACH GREG CARTER