2007-05-04 / Community

The Times They Are A'Changin In Rockaway


Nothing ever remains static on the Rockaway peninsula. There are constant changes to the landscape, particularly in this day of revitalization and growth. Some changes, however, might be considered negative rather than positive. Witness the coming auction at The Ocean Grande, the luxury condominium building at the southern end of Beach 116 Street. When the building was first constructed two years ago, there were many who predicted that expensive apartments would not sell on the shopping street and they are now pointing to the auction of 21 units as proof that they were right. The auction will be held on May 19 and there may be bargains there for condo-seekers. Nothing ever remains static on the Rockaway peninsula. There are constant changes to the landscape, particularly in this day of revitalization and growth. Some changes, however, might be considered negative rather than positive. Witness the coming auction at The Ocean Grande, the luxury condominium building at the southern end of Beach 116 Street. When the building was first constructed two years ago, there were many who predicted that expensive apartments would not sell on the shopping street and they are now pointing to the auction of 21 units as proof that they were right. The auction will be held on May 19 and there may be bargains there for condo-seekers. A construction fence has finally gone up around the site of the Rockaway Sunset Diner on the northern end of the Beach 116 Street shopping area. The building will soon be demolished to make room for a new HSBC Bank branch that will include two drive-up windows. A construction fence has finally gone up around the site of the Rockaway Sunset Diner on the northern end of the Beach 116 Street shopping area. The building will soon be demolished to make room for a new HSBC Bank branch that will include two drive-up windows. Another new Beach 116 Street amenity will be the Rockaways Diner, a two-story facility on the former site of George's Florist. The lack of a fast food eatery where customers could sit down and enjoy a weekend breakfast has impacted Rockaway since the Rockaway Sunset Diner closed down and renovation work on the Last Stop Café began. Another new Beach 116 Street amenity will be the Rockaways Diner, a two-story facility on the former site of George's Florist. The lack of a fast food eatery where customers could sit down and enjoy a weekend breakfast has impacted Rockaway since the Rockaway Sunset Diner closed down and renovation work on the Last Stop Café began. Construction of the first of the hundreds of new homes to be built east of Beach 73 Street by Arverne By The Sea was started last week. Now, it stands in isolation, but it will soon be joined by many more. Construction of the first of the hundreds of new homes to be built east of Beach 73 Street by Arverne By The Sea was started last week. Now, it stands in isolation, but it will soon be joined by many more. The Beach 73 Street site of a new YMCA to be built by Arverne By The Sea has been marked out and officials say that construction will begin shortly on both the Y and the new shopping center across the street. The Beach 73 Street site of a new YMCA to be built by Arverne By The Sea has been marked out and officials say that construction will begin shortly on both the Y and the new shopping center across the street.

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