2010-11-12 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

National Park Service officials said this week that three of the four plans being considered for the development of the former Naval Air Station New York at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn come from local sources, but refused to confirm or deny that one of the proposals calls for an HIV-Aids treatment center that would bring suffering people from all over the nation to Brooklyn.

James Douglas of Beach 40 Street was arrested last Saturday in connection with the stabbing death of Brian Allen, whose body was found on Far Rockaway Boulevard late last month.

Friends of Derech Emunoh Synagogue, a group determined to restore the landmark synagogue at Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, to good repair and to keep it active as a community facility, meet the last Monday of each month at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways at 92-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The group is looking for new members who share their goal.

The elimination of the tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge has become a legislative priority, according to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who recently sent a letter to Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authorities urging them to do away with the toll on what Pheffer terms, the only intra-community bridge in the nation.”

Holiday lighting to celebrate Christmas and Chanukah will brighten Beach 116 Street again this season. The lights will officially go on November 20 and will remain on until the New Year, officials say.

High winds earlier this week played havoc with some of LILCO’s poles on the peninsula. Two poles on Rockaway Beach Boulevard – one at Beach 70 Street and one at Beach 73 Street – had to be replaced.

There have been lots of complaints to police that they are not doing their job along Shore Front Parkway. Residents say the cops are slow to ticket those parking at fire hydrants, parking too close to the corners and parking too close to the entrances to their apartment buildings.

Passengers had to be taken off a C Train on Tuesday at about 4:13 p.m. when the train had difficulty making the grade to the South Channel Bridge, officials say.

Years Ago... 30

One-way tolls for Rockaway’s two bridges is being urged by Joel Gerstel, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. Gerstel suggests that tolls be collected only when motorists are entering the peninsula.

Merchants in Far Rockaway are crying for more police protection. One store owner, who was held up twice in one week, says that even auxiliary police could be used to ease the situation.

Rockaway motorists are being warned not to leave their bridge discount books on their dashboards. It seems that there are people breaking into cars just to get the discount coupon books.

Queens Narcotics police known as “Ryan’s Raiders” by the community struck again in Far Rockaway last week, hitting homes on New Haven Avenue and Mott Avenue.

40 Years Ago...

According to Phil Finkelstein, chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force, the plans for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area will be made public next week. It’s been a long wait.

A few days ago, a conductor on a Long Island Railroad train bound for Far Rockaway had to search the train for a Spanish-speaking person who could help a man who spoke no English, but who had gotten on the wrong train. He wanted to go to Jamaica, and eventually another passenger was able to translate the proper directions

Maurice Gabriel plans to move his Queens-Nassau Lighting Company into a new location on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Years Ago... 50

The Breakers Restaurant on Beach 116 Street closed down last Saturday afternoon while the owners, the Cholakis family, went to Yankee Stadium to watch their son, Leon, almost single handedly hold off a last-minute charge by the Army football team to score from the one-foot line against his Syracuse team. Cholakis, a former Far Rockaway High School all-city fullback, plays guard for the Orangemen.

There are some individuals in Edgemere who resent very much the recent change in the bus route that deprives them of service along Edgemere Avenue.

The Rivera Marina on Barbadoes Basin resembles a New England fishing village waterfront, with boats of all sizes waiting to be hauled out of the water for the winter season.

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