2012-05-25 / Letters

Compelled To Write

Dear Editor,

After reading The Wave last week, I felt I had to write. My blood pressure is probably getting higher every time I read about what is happening to our neighborhood.

I would like to comment first on the Opinions editorial regarding our National Park. I totally agree with almost everything that was written with the exception of the fact that The Rockaway Music & Arts Council is no more. They are still a functioning organization but thanks to the National Park Service can no longer present concerts and festivals in the park and there is no other place in Rockaway large enough to accommodate these events. The RMAC will be presenting some concerts this summer in the Rockaway Theatre Company theater and there are the children’s music and opera programs in many of our public schools on the peninsula. They are also looking into a “Museum” Tour in the early fall.

The fact that an NPS official told us that Manhattan can be viewed from Gateway, just goes to show you how little they know about their park and Rockaway. Sure some of it can been seen from Riis Park at 20 miles away, but who would come all the way out here to see the Manhattan skyline.

My whole theory on Gateway is that the NPS wants to eventually close down everything on this side of the Marine Park Bridge and continually upgrade parts of Floyd Bennett. They are no more interested in Rockaway than someone living in Montana.

I have just read that the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn has a new building which is wonderful. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful and there is a lovely building there where you can hold weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and other galas. We have a beautiful building right here at Riis Park which the park service partially remodeled, then moved in their offices and finally closed altogether and moved everyone to Floyd Bennett. If a few dollars more had been spent to upgrade the entire building and add kitchens, this could be used as a catering hall as well, with much free parking just across the street, and the NPS could have recouped their money in no time. But no, the NPS closes the building altogether and in my estimation is losing a great deal of money.

Just wait and see if our side of the park is not eventually closed altogether.

Another one of our government agencies has me steaming. The Department of Transportation of New York City.

Maybe there was an article in the paper sometime recently but I do not remember seeing it about speed bumps being put on Shorefront Parkway. On the first day the bumps were there, and these are not just regular bumps but stretch probably 20 x 20, I was driving west on my way home in the evening and hit the first bump at about Beach 80 Street and the second one about 100 feet east of a traffic light at Beach 84 Street. I could have broken my car axle the car went up so high. No zebra stripes and two little signs off on the right side of the road that you’re not even looking for. As to the second bump, why would you place a bump about 100 feet from a traffic light?

I commented on this to one of our elected officials and was told by his office that they were put there because of schools. What? No student has to cross Shorefront Parkway to get home. That was not a good answer. The answer is that our Transportation Commissioner, Ms. “Sadistic”-Khan, is doing everything in her power to get cars off the roads. She can have zebra stripes made to keep the car drivers away from the bike riders, but she adds three speed bumps to Shorefront Parkway (one is in the eastbound lane in the 80’s) with no zebra stripes for cars. Have you ever been anywhere that speed bumps were so large and then did not have zebra stripes across them? Of course the huge pothole at Beach 98 Street, that goes across the road, has been there for weeks.

I know my comments are not going to make any difference but I had to get a few things off my chest. Oh! There are other things being done to our community like Peninsula Hospital closing and the lack of work being done on the boardwalk, but they are for another day.

SHARON GABRIEL

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