Beach 67 Street Station – Arverne By The Sea
Community Board 14 voted this week in support of renaming the Beach 67 Street-Gaston Avenue train station to the community’s original name of Beach 67 Street-Arverne By The Sea.
When the station was used through the 1950’s by the Long Island Railroad it was known as the Arverne By The Sea stop. The renaming comes in conjunction with the Arverne renewal area project of the same name.
This drew criticism from community board member, Steve Cooper, who felt it was a cheap attempt by the Arverne By The Sea developers to sell more homes. However, board member Vince Castellano and the overwhelming majority of the board felt it was good for the community to rename it back to its original state. “Averne By The Sea was chosen because it was the original name,” Castellano said. “The developer wants to restore the original name back to the community; I don’t see anything wrong with that.” The community board as a whole felt that the Arverne By The Sea’s significant progress in creating a growing community in Arverne should be embraced. Arverne Civic Association representative, Tyrone Turner, didn’t like the idea though. “More people live on the bay side of Arverne than the sea,” Turner said. “Why not just call it Arverne?”
But because Turner was the only member of the public in opposition to the renaming, the board didn’t see reason to postpone a vote and proceeded in its approval.