2006-03-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Following quickly The Wave request for a monument to the seven shuttle astronauts and the flight of the NC-4, Wave publisher Leon S. Locke asked the city to consider Brant's Point as the site for a vest pocket park. The area is bounded by Jamaica Bay at Bayfield Avenue, Beach 72 street, Beach 75 street and Amstel Boulevard. "Right now the area is vacant land and is used by car strippers to dump vehicles after they have finished working on them," said Locke.

Residents and owners of properties on Beach 117 Street west of Beach 129 Street from the ocean to Newport Avenue are being asked to attend a public hearing conducted by Community Board 14 on Tuesday March 11 at the Daniel M. O'Connell American Legion Hall, 301 Beach 92 street in Rockaway Beach. Approximately 1100 affected property owners and their tenants will have the opportunity to give to the Community Broad input on a change of zoning from the current R4 to the proposed R3-1.

Kevin O'Connell, 30, of Cincinnati doesn't know yet who he ran into when he tried to drive across Newport Avenue on Beach 121 Street (Rockaway Park) on Sunday, March 2, about 11:05 p.m. With its side bashed in, the other car fled from the scene.

Plans have been formulated for celebration for Rockaway's 300 th anniversary year. Kickoff day will be Sunday, April 27. The day will begin with the 8 th annual Rockaway Ocean Run. It will begin 11 a.m. (Daylight Savings Time) at Beach 112 Street and the Boardwalk.

30 Years Ago...

Five boys were arrested March 1 for punching a 35-year-old women and taking her cigarettes. According to police the attack took place in the parking area of Bay Towers, at 319 Beach 98 Street about 1:15 a.m.

Fire damaged three buildings on Beach 45 Street "heavily" on Sunday night, March 7. Only one of the three buildings burned was occupied, and it was damaged so badly the top floor was burned out.

Foes of the Concorde supersonic transport are continuing to press hard to block projected SST landings at John F. Kennedy International airport.

Eight thousand people watched as American Irish in Rockaway Beach celebrated St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 6, with a parade, a concelebrated Mass and a dinner dance.

40 Years Ago...

Estelle's new shoe store on Beach 116 Street is adding brightness to the Rockaway Park Business section.

Plans are underway in Broad Channel for testimonial honoring Owen Devine (Mr. Broad Channel) who recently retired after many years of service as secretary to the late Municipal Court Justice William J. Morris and Civil Court Judge Abraham R. Margulies.

The new housing project at Edgemere must be coming soon. It had reached the point where firemen are kept busy fighting blazes in vacant condemned houses. That seems to be part of usual pattern when a housing project gets under way.

Mrs. Seymour Frank of Belle Harbor is a dyed-in-the-wool Rockawayite with a firm conviction that local residents should do their shopping in the local stores.

Tanned faces are becoming a common sight as snowbirds begin to return to Rockaway from Florida.

50 Years Ago...

A four-alarm fire early Friday morning did damage estimated at $130,000 to the concrete block building at Beach 97 Street and Beach Channel Drive which was erected for Rockaway Beach Ice Company. In recent years, it has been used as a warehouse by Abraham Feldman of Far Rockaway as a cold beer depot, and also by Nathan Faber of Neponsit as a Rockaways' Playland concessionaire's storage place for dolls to be offered as prizes for his games at the amusement park. Three firemen of the 100 firemen who arrived with engine companies and four ladder companies were injured.

A show cause order requesting an injunction restraining the New York City Transit Authority from charging a higher fare to Rockaway than is charged in any other part of the city was obtained on Tuesday by Paul T. Love, executive member of the Rockaway Democratic Association.

The bill which would prevent removal of the Municipal Court from the Rockaways to Jamaica passed the Assembly Monday, March 12. The vote was introduced by Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox.

Thirteen passengers and a Green Line bus driver paid an unscheduled visit to a seaside tavern on Friday at 11p.m. when the bus swerved to avoid a collision with a car and crashed through the front of the building stopping beside the bar inside Flynn and Brennan's on the southwest corner of the boulevard at Seaside Avenue.

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