Rockaway’s Zuccotti Park
Rockaway now has its own version of Zuccotti Park, only it appears every Friday and Saturday morning at 4 a.m. This is the time that a bar/restaurant on Beach 102 Street closes. While the Zuccotti Park inhabitants in Manhattan are protesting Wall Street Greed, and lack of equality, the Rockaway crowd is fist fighting and hitting each other with beer bottles. On the morning of April 8 at 4 a.m., this was the most severe as two ambulances and three police cars were needed to arrest patrons. Many injuries were suffered and some taken by ambulance to the hospital. The reason I know this, is that I was driving home at this time and I could not go up Beach 102 Street as there were no fewer than 80 young people in the streets screaming and yelling. I saw at least three fist fights occurring. Many of the tenants from an adjacent co-op building were awakened by this mele. As I was trying to navigate my car up to Beach 102 Street and could not, I got out of my car to ask some of the kids to move. I got a response from this kid, who appeared to be 17 years old, “Can’t you see there’s a fight going on.”
I looked at a lot of the young kids’ faces and not too many appeared to be of age to drink in a bar. As I said, there were a lot of police present, so the 100 Precinct is aware of this bar/restaurant and you have to ask yourself, what ever happened to the days of checking proof of age? Is anyone checking at this establishment? I don’t think so! It appears that this establishment just filled these kids up with more than they can handle and released them to the streets like wild animals. Rockaway is trying to attract new residents with condos on this street, so if this bar/restaurant does not want to be closed by the State Liquor Authority, it better get back to checking proof of age before someone gets killed.