2007-09-21 / Community

Rockaway:'From Playground To Slum'

Local Shares Photos Of Garbage-Strewn Streets

Joan O'Hara is a long-time Rockaway resident who says she remembers when the peninsula was the "playground of New York." Now, she says, despite the building boom, Rockaway's streets have started to resemble a "slum," with garbage and weeds everywhere. As proof, O'Hara brought The Wave some photos she shot earlier this week taken on the streets surrounding The Wave office on Beach 88 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. They speak for themselves. Pictured, a garbage-strewn lot across from Crown Chicken in the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center.

Weeds grow so high, they almost cover a fire hydrant sharing their little patch of grass. Weeds grow so high, they almost cover a fire hydrant sharing their little patch of grass. With Beach 84 Street in the distant background, pedestrians walk near a patch of grass with a dying tree and lots of garbage. O'Hara wonders what the city's Sanitation Department is doing to clean up the everyday mess on Rockaway's streets. With Beach 84 Street in the distant background, pedestrians walk near a patch of grass with a dying tree and lots of garbage. O'Hara wonders what the city's Sanitation Department is doing to clean up the everyday mess on Rockaway's streets. This patch of grass on Beach 90 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Shore Front Parkway is typical, O'Hara says. This patch of grass on Beach 90 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Shore Front Parkway is typical, O'Hara says.

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