Rockaway, A Disaster Attraction
I agree with the gentleman (letter to the editor - Wake up Rockaway (07/04/08)), people need to wake up and see what we are drawing into our neighborhoods. Yes the vendors on Beach 116, 98, and 129 Streets all make good profits, but at the residents' cost. Oh yes, the Parks Department cleans the beaches with welfare recipients, with the promise of maybe getting a full time job they never get and keep them in the system and never get unemployment. No, I don't mean the seasonal. Anyway do we realize what types of people come here, drinking, cursing, and fighting all the time. A whole crew came up Beach 116 Street on Saturday, July 12, screaming and chanting in unison. Now this is before they hit the beach. There should be signs that they need to adhere to visitor's manner, not just keeping our beaches clean. These mostly so called young adults are filthy mouthed to each other and the Rockaway community. Also the Beach 95 Street free parking is like a free for all at night. Right down from the precinct.
There should be signs posted at train stations and the major streets, Beach 95 Street, Beach 98 Street, Beach 116 Street, Beach 129 Street and Beach 149 Street - Dear visitors of the Rockaway community, you are visiting! Please curb you enthusiasm for home. And we don't need any more police on the beach.
This is a question of social etiquette which many do not see to have anymore.