2006-05-19 / Community

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

People throughout the Sixth Congressional District will feel comfortable with Assemblyman Alon R. Waldon Jr., who was chosen on May 13 by the Democratic leaders of all the Assembly districts in the Sixth Congressional District as the Democratic candidate to succeed the late Joseph Addabbo as Congressman. This feeling was part of a statement Seymour Sheldon, Democratic Leader of Part B in the 23rd Assembly District, gave this newspaper at press time.

When rapid transit came to the Rockaways in 1955 it was heralded as the development that would project the peninsula into a new era of prosperity. But quite the opposite occurred: Rockaway's subsequent decline was the result of many more complex economic and social forces than the effect of rapid transit. However, the heavy handed elevated structure became a dividing barrier that blighted much of the narrow peninsula and now trains travel through miles of derelict landscape. Because of high costs of low usage there are rumors that the city is considering abandoning the line. Will rapid transit disappear from the Rockaway scene like the excursion boat, the ferries, the trolley and the railroad?

Elaine Castas, district manager of Community Board 14, was the first

to cry out during a joint budget hearing of the City Council and the Board of Estimate in Queens on May 14. Her cry erupted when Queens communities were told that federal budget

cuts would leave no money in the

city's capital budget for neighborhood needs.

30 Years Ago... Ticket blitzes are reaching the Rockaway area. At four o'clock in the morning on May 15, four squad cars were seen in the west end, with officers

giving tickets to parked cars on the street.

Next weekend is the unofficial opening of the beach season. Lets hope we have enough lifeguards and police on duty.

Not much progress has been made in filling potholes in the Rockaways. Piles of patching material can be found on Sprayview Avenue between Beach 32 and Beach 36 Streets. It's a nice paving job on Sprayview; too bad nobody uses it.

One more monument to city stupidity is at Beach 54 Street and Edgemere Avenue. A huge pile of blacktop is on the southwest corner. Guess who pays for these monuments?

Belle Harbor Cinema is now in the process of total renovation. Owners hope to have it reopened soon. Hopefully it will be in time for the summer crowds. 40 Years Ago... Jules Michaelis of Bayswater is taking heart because the Port of New York Authority has told manufacturers that the jumbo jets now in production will be banned from Kennedy Airport because they are too noisy.

Additional engineering studies have confirmed for the Department of Traffic its contention that a traffic light at Beach 62 Street and Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, is not wanted.

Bids for the construction of the Far Rockaway branch library will be opened in the Manhattan Municipal building on June 14, Public Works Commissioner William C. Mattison said. The $325,000 replacement for the branch destroyed by fire in 1964, will be built on the same site, the southwest corner of Mott and Central Avenues.

Veterans organizations throughout the Rockaways will join this weekend

in commemorating the memories of heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country. Ceremonies will be held in Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, Inwood and at the Doughboy monument in Rockaway Beach. 50 Years Ago... Assemblyman J. Lewis Fox (D-Far Rockaway) has announced his support of the plan to construct a fishing pier in the Rockaways. In explaining his support, Fox stated, "The construction of a fishing pier extending into the ocean would enable thousands of people to take advantage of some of the best fishing to be found anywhere. State Senator James J. Crisona and Councilman Eric J. Treulich have also endorsed the plan.

Last Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of Peter Lindgren's arrival in the country from his native Denmark. For the most of those years he has made his home at 69-36 Thursby Avenue.

Klaus Behr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Behr of 913 Cross Bay Boulevard, was given a surprise birthday party by Mr. and Mrs. James Grover of Far Rockaway.

Kenneth Whitaker of 210 East 9 Road, Broad Channel, enlisted in the United States Air Force. He is undergoing training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

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