2012-03-16 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago...

Ten arrests for prostitution have led to the padlocking of the second floor apartment at 1138 Foam Place in Far Rockaway for at least the next year. The door will be locked by police officials beginning on March 16. Complaining neighbors, including two rabbis from a nearby synagogue, led to the arrests and the eventual closing of the house of prostitution.

Heavy fog created difficulties for four fire companies fighting a fire in a row of cabanas in Breezy Point on Tuesday morning. The fire was discovered at about 8 a.m. at the Breezy Point Beach Club on the far western end of the Rockaway peninsula. Response to the fire came from both city and volunteer units. Eight of the summer cabanas were destroyed and management says that they will be replaced and ready for a Memorial Day opening.

Stormy weather did not dampen the annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Saturday. Participants marched with rain slickers and umbrellas and fewer people lined the route.

The neatly-dressed, bullet-ridden body of a woman, later identified as a Yonkers resident, was found in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area on Saturday, between Larkin Avenue and the boardwalk near Beach 65 Street. Detectives from the 100 Precinct detective squad are investigating, but officials say it appears that the body was dumped at the site.

Congressman Floyd T. Flake has negotiated new training space for the Rockaway Sea Cadets, who have recently been forced to leave their quarters in Rockaway. The new space that will be used by the 20 boys and their adult leaders will be at Junior High School 198 in Arverne.

The New York City Transit Authority has admitted that the reason a subway train at the Wavecrest-Beach 25 Street Station fell apart last week was because it was missing a vital part – a draw bar assembly. Officials say that there is an ongoing investigation as to how the piece was omitted during the last maintenance on the car and that those who made the error will be disciplined.

The Ram’s Horn diner at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116 Street brought back its “1-Stop Luncheon,” everything from soup to dessert for $5.95. The popular eatery was jammed last Saturday after the annual St. Pat’s Parade.

30 Years Ago...

While roller skating will continue two or three nights a week, Rock N’ Rollers on Beach 116 Street will add boxing twice a month and wrestling once a month. “We are not going to have mud wrestling,” the owner promised.

“It’s our bridge,” longtime residents are telling the city in response to the toll raise on the Cross Bay Bridge. “We paid for the bridge and nobody has the right to charge for tolls on it anymore,” one resident told The Wave. Those residents say that the homeowners in the area of the bridge were taxed for years to pay for the structure with the promise that there would be no tolls once the bridge was paid for.

Eli Cohan, president of the Rockaway Road Winners, has chosen Sunday, April 23 for the fourth annual Rockaway Ocean Run. The run will follow a three-mile course out and back, making for a six-mile run.

The Rockaway Emerald Society’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities will reach a high point this week with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s grand marshal is New York City Fire Commissioner Charles Hynes.

40 Years Ago...

Redistricting has hit another of our Congressmen. First, it was Emanuel Celler, when Rockaway was dropped from his district and assigned part to Frank Brasco of Brooklyn and Joseph Addabbo of Ozone Park. Brasco’s district includes all of Rockaway and we will join with his Brooklyn district.

The Arverne Community Team (ACT) is getting a good response to its planned demonstration on April 13 to point up its insistence on a moratorium on all new public housing in Rockaway pending a study being done for the borough president’s office.

Sunday’s spring-like weather brought large crowds to the oceanfront and thousands walked local streets and the boardwalk, much to the delight of local merchants.

50 Years Ago... The Wave moved more quickly than expected when a fire broke out on Sunday in a vacant apartment on the top floor of the condemned Wave Building. The firefighters did a good job and business goes on as usual at the old stand. The Broad Channel volunteers need a new refrigerator. The one at the firehouse on Noel Road was ruined by the high water two weeks ago. The volies continue to get notice for the fine job they did at the crash in nearby Broad Channel on March 1.

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