2008-01-25 / Community

Despite Building Boom,Businesses Go Under


Rockaway has seen an unprecedented building boom in the past few years, with new homes going up on virtually every empty lot on the peninsula. That has not translated as yet into commercial and business growth, however. In fact, the trend of shops and restaurants going out of business has continued unabated. Neighbors on the Beach 116 Street shopping area, both Mocean, a shoe and sneaker store, and Dragon's Den Florist have gone under in the past several months. Rockaway has seen an unprecedented building boom in the past few years, with new homes going up on virtually every empty lot on the peninsula. That has not translated as yet into commercial and business growth, however. In fact, the trend of shops and restaurants going out of business has continued unabated. Neighbors on the Beach 116 Street shopping area, both Mocean, a shoe and sneaker store, and Dragon's Den Florist have gone under in the past several months. The Two-Nine Deli on Beach 129 Street closed its doors last week, perhaps looking ahead to a new Dunkin Donuts coming in February just a few doors away. The Two-Nine Deli on Beach 129 Street closed its doors last week, perhaps looking ahead to a new Dunkin Donuts coming in February just a few doors away. Blockbuster, the national movie and game rental company, left Rockaway for good last Sunday, transferring its customer base to its Howard Beach store. Blockbuster, the national movie and game rental company, left Rockaway for good last Sunday, transferring its customer base to its Howard Beach store. The Rockaway Beach Florist on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 99 Street, abruptly closed its doors just prior to the Christmas holiday. The Rockaway Beach Florist on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 99 Street, abruptly closed its doors just prior to the Christmas holiday.

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