2010-08-13 / Letters

My Wish List

Dear Editor,

I was born on the peninsula thirty something years ago. My mom always said to me “you are a child of the universe,” so when choosing a college, I knew I wanted a school out of state. I chose Belmont Abbey College in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina.

I stayed down there because the living was affordable and the weather was warm. I returned to the “beach” back in 1999 and couldn’t help but know that life was greener in other states. I moved down to Florida where luxury condos mean having infinity pools and spas, something developers still don’t get here.

The one thing that has made me come back is my strong roots in our beloved community. Beach communities are different. We not only wave hello and goodbye to our neighbors when we go to work or run errands. We hang out at the beach, the pool, the park. We ask our neighbors to watch our kids if we have to run home. We are isolated from the sounds of taxis beeping their horns. I know a hundred people that would pay great money for a Rockaway summer breeze on a hot August night. Yes, we are blessed!

Growing up in the Rockaways was wonderful. Playing “Kick the Can” on Beach 113 Street, “Ghost In The Graveyard” on Beach 112 Street, crabbing with my cousins and brothers at night on Jamaica Bay. Yes I am blessed! I remember reading The Wave, my friend Mildred Schulman, RIP, would write a “Wish List for Rockaway” to this very section. Millie was a local librarian and activist. She would always encourage me to do the same. So in her honor I write my own “Wish List” and I embark on being an activist!

A Boardwalk and Marina on Beach Channel Drive with ample parking and cutting boards for fishermen.

Rockaway Artists Music Park and Amphitheater with ample beach and event parking along the Atlantic Ocean (deserted for a lifetime). Who needs Jones Beach and the RAA would have a home!

Police that ticket just as much for littering and defecation as they do for parking. New York lets clean up New York! By the way, thank you 100 Precinct for doing away with those horrible fortress cement blocks that have been gone now for awhile but thank you!

Boardwalk ban on all vehicles! Our boardwalk was not meant for vehicles. It is a waste of tax dollars if this continues.

The removal of all unjust tolls that plague and hinder the growth of our community. MTA get off the Rockaway bridges!

Politicians that are activists and honest leaders. A true undecided voter here! Please bless us!

PATRICK “TUBZ” TUBRIDY

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