A Vision For An Entertainment Complex
We have a dream! Right now, at least, it’s only a dream, but it could become a reality if our elected officials and business leaders could only get together to make it a reality. The dream begins with the now-scrubbed former LILCO manufactured gas plant on Beach Channel Drive between the Rockaway Freeway and Beach 108 Street. What we envision for that piece of land is a small multiplex movie theatre with a parking lot to accommodate the theater’s patrons. Think of what a theater would do for Rockaway, not only in terms of the entertainment it would bring to local residents, but in terms of those it would draw from outside the peninsula as well. Those movie patrons would be looking for a nice waterfront restaurant to have a meal before or after the movie. They would be looking to spend some time on the peninsula, especially during the spring and summer. It could bring lots of much-needed business to the peninsula and, since it is right on Beach Channel Drive between our two access bridges, it would mean little increased traffic in residential areas of the peninsula. Our dream does not stop there. Across the street from the theater would be a fishing and shopping pier running 100 yards into scenic Jamaica Bay. That pier would allow for recreational fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Water-related restaurants and businesses could also be set up on the pier, bringing even more people to the peninsula and supplying another recreational venue to its residents. Right now, it’s only a dream but, with a little hard work and government cooperation, it could become a reality.