Large Fight Closes Beach 116 Street Oceanfront
Atwo-block section of the Rockaway oceanfront, from Beach 115 Street to Beach 117 Street, was closed for about an hour on the afternoon of Friday, June 1, due to a large fight that drew hundreds of participants and onlookers. One eyewitness told The Wave that the fight began because a young man with one group accused a young man from another group of looking improperly at his girlfriend. The day was hot and so were the tempers, as fists flew and other onlookers joined in. Police officers who had been manning the perimeter at Hammel Houses for a "barricaded emotionally disturbed person" call rushed to the scene. Eventually, more than 50 officers filled the beach and boardwalk. Officers moved everybody off the beach to keep the tempers from flaring after the scene was quieted down. For more photos, see page 20. All photos by Howard Schwach.