Thank you for producing an interesting issue this week. The local photos (some old, some not so old) were great – I identified all eight. However, on page 38 is a photo of the construction of Peninsula General Hospital, as it was then known. It was taken in the early afternoon in wintertime from the south or ocean side of the facility. What surprised me is that I always assumed that the area north of the hospital site contained only Rockaway Beach airport and marshland. The photo shows an entire community of one family homes on the other side of Beach Channel Drive. Were all of those homes torn down? Did the City use eminent domain to level the area to build the housing project that is there now? If so that is a shame. The picture ironically stands as a monument to Rockaway’s so-called leaders. Back then they did nothing to prevent the destruction of a community and more recently they stood by and let a vital community health facility close.
PETER GALVIN, MD