2006-10-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

What The Wave Said
20 Years Ago...

Rockaways' Playland and selected parcels around the amusement park were sold Monday, September 29, about 10:30 p.m., to Shore horizons, for development. Tentative plans call for erecting middle to high-income housing (predominantly condominiums) on the site. Peter Horowitz, president of Rockaways' Playland, will remain on the scene as site manager of the project. The beginning of development is believed to be 1.5 to 2 years ahead. Meanwhile, many of the amusement park's rides have been sold; and some will be donated to museums and collections. Negotiations to see Playland have been in progress since at least early spring, when it was obvious that the park could not support this year's insurance rates and would not open this year. There was widespread disappointment that this peninsula's amusement park era was over, but now nostalgia has taken over, and the emphasis is on recollection.

After a raucous meeting late last year during which officers and directors of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association were taken to task for not holding regular meetings, only 60 people showed up at an informational meeting held at P.S. 114, Tuesday evening.

There are plans to convert the old magistrate's courthouse at Beach Channel Drive and 90 Street into an office building. The Delaney Management co., headed by David P. Delaney, a lifetime Rockaway resident, purchased the property from the city for $30,000 and will spend more than $2,000,000 to convert it into first class office space to operate their own insurance business and for rental to related enterprises.

No count has come from the fire department in regard to how people were evacuated from a Beach 114 Street rooming house on Wednesday, October 1, after a suspicious blaze was reported between 2:30 and 3 a.m. One news report claimed that about 20 persons including four children were rescued via an aerial ladder.

30 Years Ago... Apathy and non-support by Rockaway residents for local business people reared its ugly head again this week-as the Surfside Cinema closed its doors for the last time. The closing occurred Tuesday, September 28.

We have been informed that the landfill site just north of the Belt Parkway is to be the location of a new Sears store as well as a new A&S. Traffic during the summer should be worse than ever.

Amazing! After reporting in The Wave-complete with pictures of the dumping of sludge behind the new school sites, no one wants to get involved. Every department is passing the buck.

A committee has been formed to push for the revitalization of the Beach 116 Street shopping area. Anyone interested in serving on any of the sub-committees should contact Charles Love of Belle Harbor.

Reliable sources have informed us that the people of Bayswater, tired of the constant robberies and muggings, are forming a type of "vigilante" group. They expect to patrol the streets seven days a week. They also expect aid from local civic and religious groups.

40 Years Ago... Some of the trees planted along the promenade at O'Donohue Park have died. If they are replaced promptly, they will match in size those still alive. Take note, Commissioner Hoving.

Republican Assembly candidate Rosenblatt is glad the Democratic primary is over. At least now he knows the Democratic candidate he will have to beat is Herb Posner.

We've all been hearing a lot about double talk in politics for a long time. This year double talk will appear on the ballot. If you are in favor of the Police Review Board, you vote "no." If you don't want the review board, you vote "Yes." Is such confusion really necessary?

Since shipping was forbidden to tie along the bulkhead in Seaside, waiting tugs to tow them to their destinations up the bay, people have wondered where the barges tie up now. The mooring place has moved to the channel in the bay just off Arverne.

50 Years Ago... The Seaside site of the proposed junior high school seems to be out settled. There are still many local residents who recall when a part of the site was occupied by a shoot and chutes ride at the northwest corner of Seaside Avenue and what is now the freeway.

Joseph Gottlieb, of 90-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is the last living founder of the Temple of Israel on Beach 84 Street, which was the first synagogue to be established on Long Island outside of Brooklyn.

Former Deputy Water commissioner Dominick Paduano, speaking out at the regular meeting of the Somerville-Arverne Civic Association, Tuesday evening, came out against fluoridation and reported that the Greater NY Committee is also strongly opposed to it.

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