2010-12-10 / Letters

A Vision For Rockaway

Dear Editor,

Is it far fetched to believe that someday we can have a ferry that stops at Beach 108 or Beach 116 Street, then to the Coast Guard station up in Roxbury?

Before heading off for a nice summer’s morning ride to work, and what would be an even more fantastic ride home, of course it would have to run on a decent middle to low income working class schedule. I believe someone with half a brain can figure one out. I see the National Grid area by the bay that they just excavated would be perfect as a park and ride, an area that size. I would love to see something for the kids, maybe batting cages with an arcade, ice cream “stand. You may even be able to build, dare I say, a movie theater; how about a dock off the bay somewhere; maybe a couple, one for fishing, one for water sports such as kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, there are a lot of new homes being built in the Rockaways. The future should be bright … summers are great in Rockaway, we’ve got everything handball courts, basketball courts, a beach, swimming, fishing, surfing. I can’t believe when I hear there’s nothing for the kids to do. Duh, people look around you; Beach Channel High has football fields, tennis courts, running track, you got to be kidding me.

This place, Rockaway, is a beautiful place to live; although I’d like to see the Christmas and Hanukkah decorations back on Beach 116 Street, which I agree is at times depressing but it’s been that way since the ’70’s only the faces have changed. Winter’s are long but put on a jacket and shake your you know what, grab a football and that movie theater would help us get us through the winter; a nice snowstorm always keeps me busy, if you can’t find something to do in a snowstorm revert back to your childhood for a day or so, you are only as old as you feel. So kids and parents stop the nonsense that there is nothing to do in Rockaway besides get fat and drink. We’re almost there now if only the economy would cooperate. I got a roof over my head and food on the table that’s better than me? I do not have everything I want but I got what I need and it’s all right here in the Rockaways.

DENNIS O’CONNOR

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