Rockaway, The Forgotten Place
This letter is in response to your article, “City Addresses Rockaway In New Waterfront Plan” (March 18, 2011; Page 8).
Yippee, the City of New York wants to revitalize Rockaway’s waterfront as part of its Vision 2020 plan (I suppose they can see clearly now). Residents and visitors can look forward to much needed repairs, improved beach access, recreation, and transportation options, enhanced subway systems, restored wetlands and JOBS. The revitalization would attract investors, business owners, homebuyers, and visitors.
The Rockaways were once known as a luxurious beachfront locale with summer bungalows, grand hotels, an amusement park, theatre and other attractions. Subsequently, the City virtually abandoned the Rockaways in the 1960s and deemed it an urban renewal area. I suppose this Vision 2020 plan is the City’s way of saying sorry to the Rockaways. I hear the City saying to the Rockaways, we didn’t know your worth before, but now we can make money from you so we’ll fix you up.
If this type of investment (Vision 2020) had taken place years ago, perhaps this widespread plan would not be necessary. The City sees the waterways as its sixth borough however; the Rockaways already seemed to have that name. On the other hand, the Rockaways are better known as the forgotten place. I am certain the City will also find a way for Rockaway residents to pay for the City’s blunder. Thanks!!!