2010-11-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

National Park Service specialists are reviewing four of nine proposals received this fall for the revitalization of Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, which serves as the headquarters for Gateway National Recrea-tion Area. Officials say that the four proposals, which will be revealed early next year, are the most comprehensive plans ever proposed for the aging airport.

A 44-year-old homeless person was arrested on Tuesday morning for allegedly setting fire to the building at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The man, identified as Melvin King, was caught by two patrol officers from the 100 Precinct, who saw the man acting suspiciously outside the building and investigated.

Firefighters from several local companies fought a stubborn fire at Sut-ter’s Furniture Store on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 91 and Beach 92 Street on Sunday night. There was little damage to the store’s merchandise.

Community Board 14 has arranged for an open meeting and public forum on November 27 to provide an opportunity for residents to make their voices heard in regard to a city charter mandate that the number of Councilmanic districts be increased from 35 to 51 in time for the 1991 elections. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall, 301 Beach 92 Street.

Three 55-gallon drums containing hazardous material were dumped on Beach 67 Street, between Larkin Avenue and the boardwalk. The drums were marked with ribbons and were left standing there until the Department of Sanitation could come along and remove them to the landfill.

City Council President Andrew Stein will speak next week to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways at its meeting at the Shores Restaurant on Beach 116 Street. This will be Stein’s first visit to Rockaway as Council President, says Chamber President Dan Tubridy, who urges all local businessmen to attend.

The Rockaway Co-op and Condo Association will have its first meeting at the Ram’s Horn Diner on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive on the evening of November 28. Richard Horan, the organizer of the new group, said that the owners of the diner have donated the space for the meeting to the group, which hopes to draw residents from all over the Rockaway peninsula.

Years Ago... 30

New York City is contemplating the acquisition and improvement of Redfern Avenue from Dix Avenue to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Lance Walter, father and son, visited Rockaway last month, meeting with Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and touring the Arverne Urban Renewal

Area with an eye to building a casino in that area should the state legislature allow casino gambling in Rockaway. Nurses at the Peninsula Hospital Center in Edgemere voted to go on strike at a meeting on November 5.

Casino hotel developers Louis and Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo won so easily in the past election that he was one of the first to be declared a winner by city radio stations.

40 Years Ago...

There was a mild furor last weekend on Beach 116 Street when the local police staged a ticketing campaign at the street’s parking meters. The campaign must have been intensive, judging by the complaints The Wave received shortly thereafter.

Eighty officer-teachers will be teaching aviation technical skills to 800 Naval reservists on weekends at Floyd Bennett Field, where the training center is to take the place of Naval Air Station, New York, which was recently closed down by the defense department.

The city seems to add to its own air pollution woes. Just last week, thick black smoke was seen coming from the smokestacks at Junior High School 198 and the Courthouse on Beach 92 Street.

Years Ago... 50

The three large Navy ships tied up alongside the bulkhead at Floyd Bennett Field drew hardly a look from motorists travelling on Beach Channel Drive. It would have been different some years ago, before the channel was deepened to allow passage for the larger ships.

Just about all of the police brass on the peninsula were in Belle Harbor last week when the cops were finally able to disarm and arrest a man with a pistol and a rifle who had gone berserk and threatened to kill everybody in sight.

Too bad that the Public School Athletic League postponed the Far Rockaway High School –Curtis High School football game last Saturday because of the heavy rain. As it turned out, the sun had returned before the scheduled game time and the field was no muddier than it was when the game was finally played on Monday afternoon.

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