2008-06-27 / Letters

What's Being Done For Rockaway?

Dear Editor,

I don't understand how the building and rezoning requests continue on this peninsula. What exactly is the Mayor doing about this supposed Urban Renewal area besides letting two family homes go up all over?

Shootings are up in Arverne, guns are being collected like crazy, the only mass transit train is not safe with the recent slashing/stabbing (Not to mention the A train takes a circuitous route through all bad parts of Brooklyn to Manhattan) and the new ferry runs what, three trips each way a day? A far cry from the Staten Island Ferry eh?

NOTHING else has changed for the better here, except perhaps the Scholars Academy at JHS 180 and a new Rite Aid. We did not need a Sleepy's or another bank on Beach 116 Street. Peninsula is a community hospital with no trauma center. Blockbuster is gone, no movie theatre, who knows when the new YMCA and Transit Center will be ready and how safe will they be when murders are up in Far Rockaway?

Week after week we are reading about shootings in the housing projects that seem will never come down and stabbings at overcrowded yet totally dilapidated Beach 116 Street (where the new zoning is being requested) started the first week of the summer season.

New houses which are two family only and "LUXURY" condos aren't enough. Why no single-family homes? Where are the green areas and parking for all of this? Are streets to be closed to parking in summer and alternate side of the street everywhere else? Nice for the ticket writing services of the city. Have you seen the towing on Shore Front Parkway in the early mornings? It looks like they're having a field day with whole teams working on towing cars. Where are the services and shopping? New Schools? Entertainment other than bars? High quality restaurants? Beach-going is a seasonal thing and because we are zoned residential, we cannot have many things that Coney Island can have. But do we have to have NOTHING?

What happened to the pool at Riis Park? What is being done with the Neponsit Home? Where are the indoor/ outdoor concert halls/theaters? Where are sports complexes to rival Chelsea Piers in Manhattan? This IS New York City right?

WHY ARE THE FREE TREES THE MAYOR HAS SET ASIDE ONLY FOR FAR ROCKAWAY ON ONE OR TWO STREETS? THEY SHOULD BE PLANTED ALL OVER THE PENINSULA! Up and down Beach Channel Drive and The Boulevard. ASK FOR THEM for your street or building (Dayton), THEY ARE FREE! Now THAT would be urban renewal!

I feel for the merchants on Beach 116 Street, who have tried to improve their lot over the decades. I also feel for the people who bought into the pictures of a serene Beach 116 Street with two beach chairs and bought an expensive condo there, only to watch police action and ambulances. When did Beach 116 Street ever have just two beach chairs on it during the high season?

Luxury has no meaning to me any longer. How and to whom are these new condos actually marketing their very high priced units? At seminars in Manhattan! They think a ton of rich people are going to move in! What are they basing that belief on? Who is really moving in to them? Not the renters who are already here for decades, they can't afford these prices.

Have you seen how filthy the beaches, streets and boardwalk have been in the mornings already? Have you looked at the condition of the boardwalk? But at least Whaleamina looks good right? When is REAL change coming to Rockaway?

OH AND HOW ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE GETTING OFF THE PENINSULA DURING A HURRICANE? VIA ONE OF TWO TOLL BRIDGES? THREE IF YOU COUNT THE ATLANTIC BEACH BRIDGE TO ANOTHER ISLAND?

MAUREEN E. RITTER

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I wholeheartedly agreee with everything Maureen E. Ritter has stated in her letter to the Mayor on 6/27/08. I would like to see a response from our Mayor and perhaps our Governor. Rockaway is still considered New York City. All the aforementioned should have been considered in the planning phase for a much needed redevelopment, especially Beach 116th street.

Carol M. Doorish


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