2010-10-08 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Councilman Walter Ward has arranged a meeting with the city’s Human Resources Commissioner Ken Murphy to discuss ways that the community might halt the placement of welfare families in the Lawrence Hotel on Beach 116 St. Ward said that placing such families in dilapidated summer hotels is not the answer to the city’s welfare problem.

“The major priorities in drawing new [City Council] districts include the oneman, one-vote question and the creation of minority districts to give minorities a greater representation in government,” said Arlene Padone, a deputy commissioner for the charter revision commission. She pointed out that Rockaway would most likely be split in the middle of the peninsula if such a decision was made.

Congressman Floyd Flake hailed Mayor David Dinkins’ plan to hire 9,000 new police officers and called on Rockaway residents to get behind the mayor to realize the plan. Flake says that the new plan proves that Dinkins is tough on crime.

The Fund for New York City Public Education is coordinating a school-based management, shared-decision-making initiative in which top IBM managers would work as volunteer facilitators and Public School 104 in Bayswater and Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park.

The Surfside Twin Cinema on Beach 103 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is showing “Witches” and “Postcards” in theater one and “Marked for Death,” in theater two. Adult price is $5.50, while kids get in for $3.50.

Planning is underway for a rail line that would tie John F. Kennedy Airport with LaGuardia Airport and then on to Manhattan. There is no talk, however, of bringing that loop to Rockaway, which would allow for a one-seat ride from the peninsula to Manhattan.

Those driving north on Flatbush Avenue after leaving the Marine Parkway Bridge to Rockaway must have thought they were in the Middle East. There, on a grassy area just off the Avenue were camels and horses. Only those who know that Floyd Bennett Field is the winter home of the Big Apple Cir-cus and it had returned to its home for a couple of days between shows really knew why the animals were in Brooklyn.

Years Ago... 30

There is a plan afloat to turn One Beach 105 Street, part of the Surfside Houses into a condominium. The idea was floated to Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz by the building’s owner, Charles Zuckerman.

Weeds that grow to six feet high have been providing cover for people living in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. One resident told the community board last week that she feared that people walking in the area would be dragged into the weeds and robbed, without any eyewitnesses able to see the crime.

More educational, recreational, cultural and social services programs will be offered this coming season by the Hartman YMHA on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway.

Residents in the Far Rockaway community are asking St. John’s Episcopal Hospital to station an ambulance at the hospital full-time. They argue that the community has grown so large that it needs an ambulance of its own.

40 Years Ago...

Sid Baumgarten of Far Rockaway is becoming an international traveler and speaker. He was flown last week to the Bahamas to speak to the Business Machine Dealers Association.

The Peninsula National Bank is observing its 50th anniversary. The week-long celebration, in which all eight branches of the bank will participate, will begin on Monday. New telephone conduits are being laid along Beach Channel Drive west of Beach 116 Street. Now, if somebody would only begin reviving the center mall east of the shopping street. That would really be a community service.

Years Ago... 50

Maybe a third of the residents have moved out of the Hammels area, but the number of people fishing for flounder off the bridge and along the bulkhead seems to be larger than ever.

Some local service stations may have made a killing fixing the cars that went underwater because of Hurricane Donna, but they have lost many longtime customers who have given up and moved from the peninsula.

Local auto dealers have begun showing their 1961 models, with great changes in appearance in some models. Evidently, complaints about modern cars have reached the ears of the manufacturers.

The big steel ball has done its job and the swimming pool at the old Ostend Baths is no more. It was the last structure to be cleared for the building of the new O’Donohue Park.

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