Now that summer is finally over, the New York media has decided to resume its favorite activity – bashing Rockaway.
On September 23, the Daily News ran a two-page spread called “Piece of the Rock.” That so-called article was nothing but a shameful hatchet job that focuses on everything negative about Beach 116 Street. To further emphasize how unsavory everything is on the busiest commercial strip on the peninsula, there’s an ugly, very congested photo of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Had the author bothered going down Beach 116 Street towards Jamaica Bay, he would have discovered that large, multi-national chains such as Dunkin Donuts, Chase, Capitol One, Verizon, Sleepy’s and Duane Reade also call the street home.
The movers and shakers interviewed by the writer whined and complained incessantly about the crimes and drugs plaguing the area, but offered no solutions as to how to fix these problems. Worst of all, there was a single mention of Tribute Park, our memorial to the Rockaway residents who died on 9-11.
Not to be left out of the orgy of Rockaway bashing is our favorite diva, New York Post society columnist Cindy Adams. In her September 21 column, “The Airline I Know,” she gushed over the bygone glamour days of flying with Pan Am. She couldn’t resist another Rockaway shot, however. She recalled attending a luncheon for Christine Quinn, where five ladies begged the speaker to “do something about the bums and bumettes littering Broadway and turning it into Rockaway.”
Once again, the knives and scalpels are aimed at our peninsula.
How much longer are we expected to endure the scorn and contempt of the mainstream media?
Maybe it’s time we become the 51st state.