2006-02-03 / Columnists


By Joanie Omeste, Executive Director, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce

JOANIE OMESTE Here’s an update on parking and some punch list items we are working on with DOT in order to get outstanding items taken care of in an expedient manner. Currently, on Beach 116 Street on the median between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Boardwalk there are 4 muni-meters. On the median between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Municipal Lot, there is only 1 muni-meter. This is extremely prohibitive of people getting their parking receipt. There are muni-meters located on curbside which you can use, but they are for one hour parking where the median is two hour parking. DOT is currently waiting for more muni-meter units and looking to correct an electrical problem that arose when they were trying to install the meters on that particular median.

On the median between the Municipal Lot and Newport Avenue there is currently no parking. DOT is planning to put more spots on the southwest side of the median, in preparation for this, there is already a muni-meter installed at that location. The contractor is due to paint over some of the diagonal stripes. Please be aware though that the northwest corner will continue to be no parking for vehicle turning purposes. Also, the turning lane going north from Beach 116 Street onto Newport Avenue has no turning arrows….it looks like you can actually park there….you can’t. The contractor will paint turning arrows in that lane.

The traditional red Loading Zone signs have been requested and are on order. Loading zone days and times can be addressed and changed according to the community’s needs. There is a loading zone in front of 176 Beach 116 Street, the signs are on an electrical pole not one of the poles that have been installed. Those particular signs are not very visible from the street and this will be corrected. There have also been reports of muni-meters that are out of order, this can be corrected by calling 311 or calling this office and we’ll call 311.

More to come…..

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Urban Planning will be working in the Rockaway community in the next weeks of the spring semester.

As part of the requirements of the graduate program, students are assigned to help communities and learn practical skills of planning by working in a Studio, which is different from a conventional classroom setting. The studio will be taught by Ethel Sheffer, AICP, who has a long history of working with communities and Michael Fishman, an architect and urban designer who has worked on emergency response issues.

Their goals are to provide the community with information about hazard and safety measures, to increase public awareness of best practices and risk reduction and to provide recommendation on improved design, land use, regulations, communication and community collaboration for safety and sustainability. This Studio in turn will provide students with the opportunity to learn about how disaster-resilient communities can be created, how to encourage sustainable development and how sound land use development can be fostered. Their work will include field observations and site investigations, community interviews and surveys. They will present the community with a Briefing Book and a presentation at the end of the semester.

Welcome to the new restaurant Field of Greens on Beach 129 Street, Co-owners Jaime Flores and Mitch Smielowitz are bringing something new, creative, fresh and healthy to the Rockaways. Field of Greens will be offering salads, sandwiches, soups and wraps with a large variety of healthy ingredients and great value for the dollar. Field of Greens is located at 410 Beach 129 Street and operating hours are from 11a.m. to 9 p.m, seven days a week with free delivery. You can contact them directly for a menu at (718) 945-0003.

Win up to $50,000 to support your business by entering the New York City Small Business Awards. The New York City Commission on Women’s Issues (CWI) and NYC Business Solutions are seeking applications for the second annual “NYC Small Business Awards,” a grant program which recognizes businesses that have demonstrated success for women in New York City.

Applications, official rules and eligibility requirements can be obtained at www.nyc.gov/women, by calling 311 or e-mailing the Chamber office at rockawaychamber@aol.com for an application. An award presentation then takes place at City Hall for all to enjoy.

Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions, or would like to become a member of the Chamber, please call (718) 634-1300.

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