2007-09-28 / Letters

Arverne by the Sea

Dear Editor,

Arverne by the Sea is really starting to take shape. Rockaway Beach Boulevard appears to be nearing completion. The new road is nice and wide with malls in the middle. Those islands in the middle of the newly constructed Rockaway Beach Boulevard and on Beach 73 Street add a touch of beauty to the area, as well as added safety for both motorist and pedestrians on these two-way roads with four lanes.

This is a wonderful design idea. Now I was wondering, how can we apply that same design to Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 72 Street and Beach 90 Street? Of course, physically it is possible…but how can we make it happen? Would the community board back it? Will the local politicians? How about the local merchants and residents? How about The Wave; will your office write on it?

It tends to be a dangerous place to cross the street for pedestrians and the odd bends in the road with double parked cars add to the danger for motorists as well. So, how about this instead: From Beach 73 Street to Beach 81 Street, a smaller strip could be constructed; from Beach 81 Street to Beach 86 Street, a full size mall could be built; from Beach 86 Street to Beach 90 Street, again a narrower section could be built in such a way that smooths out the bend in the road. At Beach 90 Street, an island could be built where the safety zone is for pedestrians.

Along this mall could be grass and trees with concrete at the crosswalks. With all the pedestrian traffic because of the shopping center, the schools (St. Rose of Lima and P.S./M.S. 183), this could be a great idea. Plus it would add to the beauty of the area.

I am just one person, looking forward to a better Rockaway and Broad Channel…this is such a beautiful place to live. I hope other people out there feel the same. If you do, please let everyone know, so that the right person can get the ball rolling.

SCOTT BATTAGLIA

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