2006-07-28 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago... White motorcycle riders allegedly beat a black man who was with a white woman with a bat July 20 at Jacob Riis Park. Witnesses told United States Park Police that two members of a motorcycle gang called "The Legion of Doom Rogue Animals" beat the black man, in his early 20s, about his head with the baseball bat.

Weapons possession has put Far Rockaway High School near the top in reports of serious crimes during the 1985-1986 school year. With 38 incidents, FRHS was third in the city, a Board of Education spokesman told The Wave this week.

Dr. Tom Curley, an aide to the late Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, has announced that there will be a memorial concert July 28 at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk.

The Rockaway lifeguard is a summer soldier who stands guard for two hot months and vanishes with the first breath of autumn air. His sharp whistle is heard reminding bathers that the siren call of the sea is beckoning them not only to exhilarating pleasures but hidden dangers - overpowering waves, strong currents and elusive footings. Two hundred seventy-nine lifeguards, including 60 women, are on duty on the Rockaway beaches from Memorial Day to September 1. They respond to more than 1,000 emergency calls each season preventing innumerable accidents and saving hundreds of lives. More than anyone else, the lifeguard characterizes the peninsula - he is typically Rockaway.

Reliable sources have assured The Wave that the City Planning Commission has made up its mind to vote for New Haven Plaza, even though the new public hearing by the commission won't be held until August 11.

The sale of homes, the demolition of old homes and the construction of new housing to take their place is going on at a frantic pace in the western part of the Rockaways. Reliable sources have told The Wave that the Curley's Atlas Hotel property, also known as Dingy's, located at Beach 102 Street and Shore Front Parkway, a proposed Rockaway historic landmark that met a sudden and untimely death just recently, will be cleared within a few weeks and a multi-building development will rise from the ruins.

30 Years Ago... That unmarked car that police are using in the 101 Precinct - a yellow taxicab - is becoming as well-known as any police car in town, it's especially obvious when the police ride up and down the boardwalk in their "taxi."

Beach crews report that the hardest section to clean is Chicken Bone Beach, a spot on Beach 98 Street that is close to chicken takeout restaurants.

Reports have it that a gang chased an old man to his door last week and knifed him, after he resisted a robbery attempt in a subway station by throwing one of the three youths in front of a train, and slamming the door to his apartment house in the face of the gang. Even while being knifed at his apartment door, he fought off the gang. The incident occurred in the 101 Precinct.

"I'd hate to be in Canarsie or Starrett City when a Concorde SST takes off," one expert studying SST landing and takeoff effect told The Wave this week. "Landing is as bad as the jets taking off now, but takeoff... and the only runway the SST can use would take it over Starrett City or Canarsie.

40 Years Ago... Rockaway's Chamber of Commerce is the primary group in opposing the widening of Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Hammels and Holland section of the peninsula.

Building Trade union workers walked off their jobs, declaring a strike affecting many Rockaway projects. Hardest hit were the improvements at P.S. 104, Bayswater; Carleton Manor, 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne; and Dayton Towers shopping area.

A new primary election in the contest for Democratic nominee for assemblyman in the 19th Assembly District, which includes Rockaway, was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Harold Tessler. The primary election held June 28 was challenged by the candidate of the Reform Democrats, Herbert A. Posner. Regular Democratic party designee Milton E. Jacobowitz won the election by 24 votes with over 10,500 votes being cast. Tessler cited numerous election irregularities on Primary Day, in his decision to hold a new election.

The newly-formed Rockaway Citizens Committee for One Fare will meet in the home of Raymond Samorodin of Davies Road, Rockaway.

50 Years Ago... Norman Shapiro recently returned from vacation and is taking a few days off at his Virginia Street, Far Rockaway home before returning to work.The Board of Estimate approved a map submitted by Borough President James A. Burke so that sewers and streets can be installed in Broad Channel.

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