2008-01-11 / Editorial/Opinion

What will 1988 Bring Us?

The following editorial was written 20 years ago by The Wave's Publisher, Leon S. Locke. We thought we would bring it back for the readers to enjoy. With this issue of The Wave embarks on its 95th year as Rockaway's newspaper. We've seen some good times and we've seen some bad times. What kind of year will it be in 1988? For starters The Wave, as Rockaway's newspaper, has faith in the future of this peninsula. Towards that end we have acquired and moved into new quarters at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The location is just 150 feet west and north of the original Wave building at 87-21 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. That building was demolished to make room for Daytons. We feel strongly about the future of the Arverne urban renewal area. There will more-than-likely be market rate housing on most, if not all of the site. In addition, there will be open space there and some businesses. The Playland site also will be developed. Two weeks ago more demolition of the old rides took place. This in itself is a positive sign. In Far Rockaway people are showing an interest in the Beach 20 Street area. The possibility exists that there will be a strong resurgance of businesses in that area. Across the street from the offices of The Wave, a new management firm has taken over the Dayton shopping center. There is a promise of marked improvements for the residents of the area. Other buildings around The Wave building also are now being fixed up and painted up. Rockaway will begin its rejuvenation in the year 1988 despite what some doubting Thomases say about "dying streets" and "dying businesses." Those who would put down the Rockaways, knowing what a great place it is should pack up and leave. Rockaway does not need any more put-downs, we've been put down long enough.

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