2012-01-06 / Editorial/Opinion

Moving Into 2012, Some Hopeful Indicators

With 2011 behind us, Rockaway can look forward to the New Year with some trepidation about economic conditions, but with some hope for the future of the peninsula as well. Let us count the ways. By this time next year, the new Arverne By The Sea Y should be nearing completion. For the first time in decades, Rockaway residents will have a state-of-the-art recreation and education center. If plans go through, they may well have lost an eyesore and gained a new medical-surgical facility where the decaying courthouse on Beach 92 Street once stood. By summer, the new Far Rockaway East Park along Seagirt Boulevard will be fully open and in operation. The bay wall on the west end of the peninsula will be fully repaired and painted with a beautiful mural designed by our own Rockaway artists. This summer, all of the restaurants that opened last summer will be open and fully operational, feeding both visitors and locals alike, providing a little taste of hipster Williamsburg for the locals. Our two new legislators, Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and Congressman Bob Turner, will have learned where the bathroom is and will hopefully be on their way to getting Rockaway the political help it needs to continue its revitalization. The officials at Gateway National Recreation Area will complete its tenyear plan, which will hopefully provide easy and inexpensive access to all of the Rockaway groups that use Fort Tilden and Riis Park. The fact that Peninsula Hospital Center remains open after all the chaos and drama of last summer and there is a real hope that the governance problems that Revival Home Health Care faces in relation to PHC can be resolved and it will still be open when we next talk in January 2013. We also can look with hope at the little things that take place each year that make Rockaway special: The Rockaway Ocean Run, the Graybeards Family Run, the Wounded Warrior weekend, the September 11 Tribute Park Memorial, the November 12 American Airlines Flight 587 memorial, the opening of the beaches for another season, the surfing contests, the art shows and the musicals, the memorial to those who died on September 11. They all give us hope moving into 2012 and we want to pass that hope on to our readers and advertisers for a happy and healthy New Year.

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