2005-09-02 / Community

Addabbo Visits Rockaway’s Bungalow Bastion

By Brian Magoolaghan

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. speaks to bungalow residents.
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. speaks to bungalow residents. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. visited the Beach 108 and 109 Street bungalows last Sunday to hear the concerns of about 45 mostly summer-only residents.

Addabbo arrived just after 5 p.m. when most of the beach-going bungalow folks were back from a day at the shoreline. Robert Zimmer, a bungalow owner, invited the councilman to discuss a general concern that Rockaway’s revitalization might somehow spell the end of the bungalows.

The southern end of Beach 108 and 109 Street is home to the best example of summer-only bungalows left in Rockaway, and Addabbo immediately commented on their uniqueness. “You stand here and you don’t feel like you’re in the Five Boroughs,” he said. “Bungalows like the ones here should be preserved.”

Addabbo’s office is currently sponsoring a re-zoning study of the Rockaway portion of his district with the long-term goal of “protecting the characteristics of the community,” he said. Zimmer and other residents say they want to make sure developers aren’t attracted to the land under their cherished summer homes, which were built about 90 years ago.

Addabbo told the crowd he would help them fight off any such development. “We’ll stand together,” he declared before calling over-development “a disease.”

Residents also raised the issue of ongoing beach closures due to the lack of lifeguards and traffic issues. Susan O’Hanlon, a resident, said cars come speeding off of Shore Front Parkway – sometimes driving up onto the concrete that gives sanitation and emergency vehicles access to the beach and boardwalk. That spot, right near the roller hockey rink, is a busy pedestrian walkway.

Addabbo suggested a speed bump as a possible solution, but warned, “You’re going to hear the pounding.”

Residents also expressed frustration due to the lack of parking on Beach 109 Street, where you can only park on the east side of the street.

Addabbo, who is unopposed in this year’s City Council race, finished up the dialogue on the sujbect of term limits. “We proved that we don’t need them,” he said.

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