2007-06-01 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

New York City Council President Andrew Stein is confirming opposition to a 200-bed single room occupancy shelter for single men proposed for Edgemere (between Beach 43 and 44 Streets) with a statement that the Rockaway community is already doing more than its share in responding to the city's housing crisis.

Residents of Rockaway Park are fearful that the increase of homeless to the Rockaways will cause more fires and possible disease. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous said, "They are now living in abandoned automobiles in an empty lot on Beach 115 Street. They cook, go to the bathroom and sometimes do drugs on this lot. I live in a building immediately adjacent to the lot and I am afraid that one day they will set fire to one of the cars and we will have a major blaze."

Azeez Felder graduated from SUNY Binghamton on May 24. He was the recipient of a B.A. degree in psychology with outstanding academic performance in the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in Binghamton University. He will be attending Brooklyn College in September where he will be pursuing his masters' degree. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Allie Felder Jr. of Far Rockaway. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Allie Felder Sr. of St. Matthews, S.C.

Boys and girls 14-20 years old are welcome to join a 101st Precinct law enforcement post (an Exploring Law Enforcement post set up in cooperation with the Boy Scouts) on Tuesday, June 2, at 5 p.m., on the second floor of the police station at 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway. Equally welcome are the parents of boys and girls 14-20 years old.

It took the City three years to conform to an order by the Board of Estimate to develop new standards for private Queens bus lines; much too long a wait for Queens public transit riders. Yet now that the performance standards have arrived, residents finally have a means of keeping Green Bus Lines in check. For too long, Green Bus has not kept to its scheduled runs and too many times have Green Buses broken down, keeping passengers stranded at bus stops. Thousands of complaints come in to the City Council, the community boards and The Wave office. Now the monopoly bus for several South Queens neighborhoods will have to get its act together, or risk having its franchise taken away.

30 Years Ago...

New Jersey is expected to have the first casino in operation within a year. What is taking New York so long to get the ball moving?

A fairly recent movie was entitled "Is Paris Burning?" We have almost a similar title out here. It is called " Is Rockaway Sinking?" These are not just simple potholes, but actual cave-ins where streets are sinking due to the drainage of the sand underneath.

Well it looks like the Revitalization Committee has room for another walkway. The fire that consumed Berg's Florsheim shoes and Fogel's fish market in Far Rockaway did quite a job. If the committee is not looking for another walkway they can always expand the parking lot.

The beaches in the Arverne area look beautiful. Ditto for the beaches in Edgemere. This would be an ideal spot for hotels and gambling casinos.

You could not have asked for a more beautiful Memorial Day weekend. There were throngs of people at

the beaches and all the stores were doing a brisk business. Rockaways' Playland was also playing to a packed house.

40 Years Ago...

Worshippers at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Beach Channel Drive and Beach 71 Street, Arverne, were showered with glass Sunday evening when a stone was hurled through the window in the midst of the evening ser-


Dennis Gorman, Jeff Lowe, Lenny Spier, Joel Weiser and Harvey Brody, all students, are organizers of a protest rally that will picket Transit Authority headquarters in Brooklyn against the double fare.

The 101 Precinct PAL baseball program is slated to begin June 30, and continue through the summer.

50 Years Ago...

Miss Deanne Lita Joseph of Belle Harbor wed Joel M. Gerstel of Belle Harbor at the Casa Del Redy, Brooklyn, with Dr. Robert Gordis of Temple Beth-El of Belle Harbor officiating.

Some of the spectators watching the Memorial Day parade will recall the days when John Corning Post Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) members used to file along the boulevard to attend memorial services. Grosvenor Hoffman, the last Rockaway veteran of the Civil War died some years ago.

Susan Brooks of 10-56 Gipson Street, Far Rockaway will perform for three successive weeks on the "Big Payoff" television show.

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