2009-06-05 / Letters

Long Live Rockaway

Dear Editor,

I have come to love Rockaway! There is something very special about the ocean breezes, viewing the ocean and total ambience. On a recent weekend, my cousins from Ireland were in New York. What were we to do? Someone had a friend from County Mayo. He had a beautiful beige car. None of the group had ever been to Rockaway. They were delightful to see the Atlantic Ocean and smell the ocean air!!

We went to the Wharf for dinner, which was smashing! Much to our delight, there was a band in the Irish Circle, which played a few Irish times. Other friends came. One wanted to go to Harbor Lights. Other friends came there. There was a great crowd in the bar and restaurant. It was very busy.

A new young handsome man was in charge, I asked if I could help him in any way since my Dad and uncles worked and owned taverns. I worked as a waitress/barmaid in Spring Lake, New Jersey. He said "yes" and "thank you". I picked up the glasses from the tables. I brought coffee to my friends at the bar. But then the (CRAIG) feen started. It was the music. I (myself) did not know how to use the jukebox. The jukebox industry was run by Mike Mc Sherry, a friend of my father from County Monaghon who owned 12 bar restaurants in New York City. Mike died about five years ago. His niece and I are friends.

The selection of music was first class. Some way handsome man showed me to turn the dials. It was the fewest selection of Irish music and Frank Sinatra I ever saw. For $5.00 I was able to play 25 tunes. The whole crowd was delightful. We played the old rebel songs, "Sean South", "A Nation Once Again", "Home to Mayo", "When Irish Eyes are Smiling". We sang. My Irish cousins were delightful.

One is a champion step dancer and did a few jigs and reels. It was a great old Irish party. Everyone was happy. New York was Irish again. We played Frank Sinatra's tune about life and love. Without a doubt, Frank Sinatra was the greatest singer that lived.

The manager of Harbor Lights,

Letters Sean Herror, is totally charming and makes every effort to please the customer. Sean is the most handsome bartender in the Rockaway peninsula. The food is good too. I might suggest Sean do sweet potato French fries for the bar mixed with cheesy real thick sliced potatoes. These combos are done in music festivals throughout New York.

We were not sure of directions home. Some tall handsome man helped me. Certain highways, he was not sure of. He asked other friends. These Belle Harbor men went out of their way to help us. In Long Beach, last summer no one would help us. Rockaway is superior to Long Beach in every way. Rockaway is the finest community for a great time in the United States of America. If a Irish class casino comes in Rockaway will rival Monte Carlo! The boardwalk in Rockaway is the largest of any boardwalk on the eastern part of the United States. Long live Rockaway!


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