2010-02-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

The mystery ship that construction workers found interred under Beach 137 Street turned out not to be a Viking ship or a pirate’s treasure ship, but an old cargo barge buried there as landfill by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1900s. Experts from the South Street Seaport termed the find “interesting” and were not disappointed that they were called to Rockaway to check the vessel.

The May Museum at Temple Israel is featuring “The Jewish Experience in American Film,” a photographic exhibit organized and sponsored by a number of Jewish institutions, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy Foundation, the National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University and the American Jewish Historical Society.

Con Edison’s black history program is reaching out to schoolchildren. To commemorate Black History Month, the Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. is offering “Pride and Heritage” bookcovers free to youngsters throughout its Queens service territory.

National Park Service Ranger Mary Hake says that each person can help reduce the plastic debris that thousands of birds and marine mammals ingest or become tangled in each year. Hake tells that fact to anyone who will listen during her slide shows at Fort Tilden.

How to avoid dental disasters? This was the subject that Dr. Leonard Schiffman, an oral surgeon who practices in Cedarhurst, discussed with 27 dentists during a recent New South Shore Study Group meeting.

Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jamaica Bay District is accepting applications from the public for free community garden plots at Floyd Bennett Field.

30 Years Ago... 

“Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Block Watcher Programs And Neighborhood Watch” will be presented at an open meeting of the 100 Precinct Community Council.


“Please, we need your help!” This message was sent out this week by Audrey Pheffer of the Neighborhood Stabilization office in Far Rockaway in connection with a “general merchant meeting” the Far Rockaway Merchants Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will hold in the 101 Precinct stationhouse.

Police had suspects in mind and arrests appeared imminent, at press time, in regard to the death of Lester Carter, 40, who was found bludgeoned to death when his landlord came to collect the rent.

By April 1, mace will replace the police night stick. All police officers will know how to use it. Lieutenants and sergeants will be trained first. The mace that will be used will shoot out about 14 feet and temporarily disorient the culprit.

40 Years Ago...

Two Long Island Rail Road employees reportedly walked off a Far Rockawaybound train last Thursday night after allegedly being threatened by a crowd of irate commuters. The incident followed a series of delays.

Thomas L. Medek, son of Mr. And Mrs. Louis Medek of 1310 Redfern Avenue, has been promoted to sergeant in the Air Force.

Far Rockaway merchants and residents are up in arms about a parking meter rate increase on Beach 20 Street in Far Rockaway, and increase that reportedly was quietly dropped on the community. Upon arrival on the street one morning last week residents found the meters had been changed from ten cents for a half-hour to twenty cents for an hour, with no half-hour option available.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs office in Far Rockaway have been moved to 1600 Central Avenue, where they share space on the fifth floor.

50 Years Ago... 

Once again the Rogers name appears on the hotel in Beach 116 Street which has been operated in recent years as Maher’s hotel. The owners of the property plan to reopen the bar and the dining room on or before April.


People who like to circulate rumors should get together. At least four different locations have been reported as the new location of The Wave. The latest report is that The Wave is going out of business. No truth in any of the reports, of course. The only thing for sure is that The Wave will have to relocate business due to the Title I project.

Our Navy is still in good hands. When Adolf Mayer presented two bottles of champagne to the “sick bay” at Floyd Bennett Field during a Rotary visit last week, the officers to whom the bubbly was entrusted accepted the gift and then solemnly announced that there was no sick bay at the station. They said that they would see to it that the champagne received proper care, however.

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