Historical Views of the Rockaways
From The Rockaway Museum
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
In his own way, Robert Moses was a sort of futurist. Moses seems to have peered into the future of NYC and environs and was preparing Rockaway’s local surroundings, “the seashore,” for the inevitable result of his acumen, foresight, or maybe we should call it “remote viewing.”
Ol’ Bob, in his personal research into the frailties of the unstable and fluid Long Island shoreline, must have also perused a book named “Fuller’s 1914 geology of Long Island.”
In order to make a long story shot, which I can hardly ever do, I will use the tried and true KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle for this interesting article about what Moses might have been thinking of when concerning shorefront erosion, and what to do about the problem!
Ever wonder why so many high-rise buildings have been constructed along the low shoreline portions of Western Long Island, at Long Beach, Rockaway Beach and Coney Island?
These areas are noted in Fuller’s geology as Brooklyn Heights on the west, Jamaica Bay in the center, and the Rockaway Ridge on the east, the latter in Queens.
An Earth Era Chart in the Fuller book shows that “Pacha Mama,” or our Mother Earth, has had three previous interglacial periods, where there was no ice on earth in the form of pole caps or glaciers.
Personally, yours truly does not think that man is causing the global warming we are experiencing at present, only adding to a natural process that has occurred thrice before in the history of our planet. This process alternates with colling or Ice Ages, and the last long Ice Age ended some 7,000 years ago. Many underwater constructions have been found under the world’s oceans, and are being explained away as natural formations or a figment of someone’s imagination.
If we are entering into a fourth interglacial period then, no matter what man does, the inevitable will occur, and the rise of Earth’s ocean waters cannot and will not be stopped!
The shores might be saved for a time by building cofferdams or their likes, or maybe dikes like the Dutch build.
Going east to west in our area of southwestern Long Island, much of the constructional material needed is already in place. This material is in the form of high-rise buildings from Long Beach/Far Rockaway to the Coney Island/Bensonhurst sections, such as: The Redfern Houses, Roy Reuther Houses, Seaview Towers, Seagirt Village, Ocean Park Apartments, Ocean Tower Apartments, Israel Senior Housing, Wavecrest Gardens, The Harbour Apartments, The 41 St Ocean Bay Houses, Brookdale Village, Ocean Village, Arverne Houses, Edgemere Houses, Nordeck Apartments, Carlton Manor, Hammel Houses, Dayton Towers East, Dayton Towers Seaside, Dayton Towers West and Bay Towers.
The dams and dikes that would result from the demolition of these buildings will also require more material from all brick and concrete structures in and around these high-risers mentioned, including the unmentionables such as schools and hospitals and adult/senior homes, etc…and there are gaps like the Atlantic Towers Project (never built at Rockaway Point) and the Floyd Bennett Field, also. The Rapid Transit elevated line will make a good dike foundation, as will the bulkhead buried under the boardwalk.
Many other high-risers would have been built long ago, but President Nixon cut off federal funds (taxpayer’s money) for this. The first Trump Village by the elder Trump was to go up on the old Steeplechase Property.
Although I might have missed a few, they will not be forgotten when the time comes to knock them down to fight the rising ocean in the near future.
It is written that if all the world’s ice caps and glaciers and high mountain snow melted, boats will be rented from the 40th floor of the Empire State Building, and I will sign off with that scientific revelation.