The Queens Commissioner for the city’s Department of Transportation Constance Moran and engineer John Martin use a visual to show how Beach 116 Street would be changed beginning after Labor Day. Some locals complained that the plan, which includes parallel parking on both sides of the street as well as along a 10-foot-wide median, will not work because the street is too narrow. See more about the plan in next week’s Wave. Local residents had a chance to view the past work of the six design teams vying for a chance to build a memorial to the 265 people who died when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001. The Beach 116 Street shopping street will be reconfigured to allow for the memorial, which will be built at the extreme southern end of the street. Family members (right) listen to the presentation. The meeting turned contentious when one of the family members said that she was “tired of worrying about stepping on the toes of the white Belle Harbor residents who don’t want a memorial in their community.” The unidentified woman added that nobody in Rockaway but the family members of the five people who died should have a say about the site and design of the memorial.
Family member James Monte urged all Rockaway residents to visit the memorial to TWA Flight 800 at Smith Point Park in Long Island. A trip to the park has been set for August 13.
|Jennifer McGregor, a consultant hired by New York City for the memorial design process, made the presentation. She said that the finalists were chosen by a “Request for Qualifications” process that allowed the city to choose designers who would then visit the “transitional site” and come up with the actual proposals. Those proposals can be viewed at the Beach Club on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.