2009-07-10 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

How did a 14-month-old girl who died Sunday, July 9, get away from a family gathering on an eighth-floor terrace at 441 Beach 51 Street (the Edgemere Houses in Edgemere) to the roof of the building two flights (28 steps) up and then about 25 feet and past a barrier to plunge to the ground?

Lew M. Simon is chairing a second petition drive to stop a proposal by Gateway National Recreation Area to set up an aquatic theme park at Jacob Riis Park and use Riis Park open space to add industrial softball fields and other unexpected innovations.

Motorists on Cornaga Avenue at Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway last Friday afternoon, July 7, between noon and one o'clock were so scared they feared the worst when the cover of a riser (electric wires coming out of the ground) unexpectedly flew off with a noise resembling an explosion.

Curtis Holland, 17, of 51-45 Almeda Avenue (the Edgemere Houses in Edgemere) allegedly drove into a '78 Dodge passenger car parked outside 66-18 Almeda Avenue, Arverne, last Friday, June 7, about 8 p.m., continued through a fence at 66-70 Almeda Avenue, came out and dragged a pedestrian who had come out to the struck car a few feet, causing head injury, and attempted to leave the scene of the accident.

Meghan Heger, a 27-year-old bicycle rider from Dayton Towers East in Arverne, was injured last Friday, June 7, about 6:10 p.m., when an '86 Oldsmobile sedan driven by Helen Lee, a 27-year-old resident of Rockaway Beach, struck her rear tire causing her to fall.

Ruth Hornfeld, who was a schoolteacher for 30 years (primarily in Public School 215 in Far Rockaway), retired as of July 1.

Two automobiles exiting from the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge at Beach 95 Street in Rockaway Beach last Friday, June 7, about 1:35 p.m., collided when one of the automobiles attempted to turn left in the eastbound lanes of Rockaway Freeway.

New York Telephone Co. truck driver Frank Rogato, 45, turned left into an accident when he attempted to go south on Beach 73 Street in Arverne after a turn from westbound Rockaway Freeway last Saturday, June 8, about 3:15 in the afternoon.

30 Years Ago...

Lines of motorists waiting for gasoline got shorter and lines of bus riders waiting at bus stops (for Green Bus transportation) disappeared this week, as the Division 1179, Amalgamated Transit Union, strike added to Rockaway's woes.


Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship will not hold an all-day disco party planned and advertised for Saturday, July 7, at Jacob Riis Park. According to a story in The Wave of June 23, the publicity for the disco party scared people in Rockaway, who had visions of another massive jam such as the park had last year.

New York City, New York State and the federal government will share the cost of dredging and pumping sand to the Rockaway beaches this summer.

Gateway National Recreation Area will allow a maximum of three buses an hour on each of the Brooklyn routes extended to Riis Park in the Breezy Point unit.

40 Years Ago...

Aircraft landing fields out at sea and ferry passengers ashore in less noisy craft. That sounds interesting.


Demolition began last Thursday on the older portion of the Cross Bay Bridge. The two traffic lanes on the westerly side of the bridge will remain in use for the present time.

The City of New York is getting ready to reconstruct Cross Bay Boulevard from Shore Front Parkway to the North Channel Bridge approach—a $1,225,000 undertaking.

Naval Air Station New York is preparing for a change of command on July 31. Captain David S. Stear will be relieved by Captain Coleman W. Sims, in traditional ceremony at Floyd Bennett Field.

50 Years Ago...

Regulations on the public beach have brought about changes in customs. For example, some years ago nobody paid any attention when a fisherman's dory was launched through the surf. What a crowd would collect if it were tried these days.


The safety of jet airliners was demonstrated last Saturday night when one made an emergency landing at Idlewild with 112 passengers aboard. It's great to know that the big aircraft are safe. Now if someone will do something to make them noiseless.

Launching of small craft from public beaches has been prohibited since the city acquired the beaches.

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