2012-04-27 / Columnists

Ideas Wanted

Commentary By Kevin Boyle And Rick Horan

We collect and then share ideas. Sometimes we even have some of our own. Here’s one from Boyle:

Rockaway needs better transportation. That’s not the idea. That’s an obvious fact. But here’s the idea: Drive new Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder crazy.

Tell him you want better transportation. Tell him you want the old Rockaway Branch Line revived (allowing for a 35 minute commute to Manhattan). Tell Phil to personally lobby Gov. Cuomo (who seems to like the idea about opening the Rockaway Branch Line). The main idea here is to stay on Phil (who shows early promise after getting the Crossbay toll rebate back in place. And I heard he’s been a huge help in waging war on a local slumlord but I digress …)

So call him at 718-945-9550 or email him at goldfederp@assembly.state.ny.us or just drive him just a little crazy when you see him.

That’s the idea – because he might be a doer and it’ll be worth it

And here are some more from the idea laboratory:

There’s a big bin on the boardwalk at Beach 92 that holds empty bottles and cans. Why is it locked and never emptied? The simple idea is to leave it unlocked so people can dump their empties in there and then let others bring it to recycling.( Some of the bottles look like they’ve been in there for more than a couple of years). – Margaret, Rockaway Beach.

Rockaway needs some more fun things to do. There should be a zipline that runs over Fort Tilden. From east to west. You’d fly over the bunkers and see the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. And in the summer there should be a bungee jumping crane set up on 116th Street, maybe in the Beach Club parking lot. – Kelly, Belle Harbor.

They should enforce metered parking on Sundays on Beach 116 Street for the summer season. As it is, people can park on Saturday night and leave their cars there all day Sunday. You can’t visit stores if you can’t park. – Vincent, Rockaway Park

Next time Eric Ulrich has some extra cash he should help revitalize the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. There should be a Chamber and a Visitor Center in a free standing, A-frame building. Knock down the old Lawrence Hotel on 116th and put it there. – Joe, Belle Harbor.

If you’re in jail and you want to get parole, you have to have a 12th grade reading level as a condition of parole. Prison inmates can and should have incentive to study while incarcerated. They’d have a much easier time transitioning back into society if they were better prepared. A 12th grade reading level or a high school diploma should be a minimum requirement for those seeking parole. – Terence, Rockaway Beach

There should be creative uses of what used to be the Rockaway Freeway. You can’t drive under it much anymore.Why not have a Farmer’s Market under one section and maybe different kinds of festivals at other stretches. You could have gardens and dog runs. The idea is to do something fun with the freeway! – Sheila, Arverne

Got any Rockaway ideas? Or any ideas at all? If you’ve got any ideas you’d like to share, please do! Email us at ideas@notsowacky.com or at krock away@gmail.com.

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