Ideas for the Moma Ps1 competition (boardwalk, open spaces, etc.) are due by today, March 15th. You will soon be able to view a lot of entries online. If you’ve submitted a video, let us know firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll point readers to your entry when it’s available. Oh, and MOMA stands for Museum of Modern Art, but you knew that.
As far as judging the entries The Wave hopes to keep the Rockaway community informed every step of the way. We’ve been talking with the MOMA PS1 people about the best way to get Rockaway people involved in choosing the winner(s). By the way, the city has not sanctioned this contest and it may just wind up being an exercise in creative fun. It’s The Wave’s position that Rockaway should get ideas from everywhere and have a say in any final decisions regarding the boardwalk. We should be open to ideas from the world over but when it’s decision time the people of Rockaway must be heard. Want to know what’s going on with beach protection? From the Army Corps of Engineers: Bid info will be out on/about March 21st with bids due on or about April 22nd, 2013. (That basically means they’re still on schedule for June sand replenishment).
Phil Goldfeder tells us we had an entire edition two weeks ago without his name in it. Shocked, we checked. He was wrong.
Bloomberg being booed at the parade bothered some people who thought the event is not the proper venue to air grievances. Fair enough.
Speaking of the Dome, as were a few paragraphs ago…we’ve heard it called Rockadome, MomaDoma, and Un-technodome.
Call 311. Especially if you see a dangerous piece of metal hanging from a theater at 148 Beach 116th Street.
The National Park Service and NYC Parks are teaming up to issue Requests for Proposals for kayaking, canoeing, bike rentals, and food concessions for Jamaica Bay and Rockaway. See this week’s Wave for details.
The SIRR (Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency) is a team picked by the Mayor to come up with plans for how devastated areas (like ours!) can best move forward. They were at Beach Channel High School on Monday night and ran an orderly meeting in which they used facilitators to gather ideas. We don’t know if they’re listening, but they looked like they were.
Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh says he’s committed to the merchants of Beach 116th Street. He plans on opening a headquarters – a real presence – to help business owners with a variety of things from website development to loan application assistance. Walsh says some storefronts will be spiffed up soon. The merchants themselves are forming a 501-C3 so they can go after development grants and other opportunities.
Congressman Meeks and others in Congress are seeking flood insurance relief. We applaud his getting to this as soon as he has BUT much more will need to be done. Look for Wave editorials regarding this crucial community matter in coming weeks.
In this week’s Wave we have a few pictures of the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Have a look. They’ve got a boardwalk and bike path and a huge sculpture of King Neptune. We might have to replace the green grass and palm trees with sea oats and replace King Neptune with Duke Kahanmoku but it’s not a bad model for Rockaway to consider. If you’ve got another boardwalk we can highlight, let us know.
Sister Patricia announced her retirement after 24 years as principal of St. Francis de Sales school. This year will no doubt be her most memorable as part of it took place in Brooklyn after the school was closed because of Sandy.
Friends of Rockaway Beach will be taking to the steps of City Hall on March 23rd to make sure the City knows Rockaway will not be forgotten. The Friends are letting every politician, every agency, every candidate, know that the people of Rockaway must be heard and have real input in decisions that affect Rockaway. For more info, check out Friends of Rockaway Beach on Facebook.
We are excited that Senator Schumer’s office says jetties and dunes are coming. But, we reserve the right to say, show me. We were told directly by Schumer, if I’m elected, you’ll get your (Riis park) pool. And back in the day, there was something about the Doppler going in over his dead body. We will heed Jon Cori’s advice to stay vigilant.