2013-03-29 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

Like all of us, I am trying to clean up after Sandy! My idea is to limit the amount of solicitations that are put on our homes, and in our doors! These papers are blowing around creating more litter. …Nancy Re Cregan

RH – I know what you mean Nancy. I realize that it may not be legal, but at least put them in the mailbox!

How about…a development zone for special tax breaks and grants to get small businesses to move in? 116th Street and the boardwalk/beachfront is a key to our rebuilding. As I sit home this morning, I drew up a few ideas, including a bike/skate path that could be built between the boardwalk and Shore Front Pkwy. It could continue on the boards to 126th St. …Tim C. (Rockaway Park) RH – Tim – check out the boardwalk on Virginia Beach, it’s very similar to what you are describing.

My idea is for a kayak, canoe and paddle board race from Riis Landing to Beach 88th Street and back. Of course, there would need to be an after-party at Riis to celebrate and award trophies to the winners. Once the waterfront park is finally completed at Beach 88th St. we can have it begin and end there on alternate years. …Joe N. (Rockaway Beach) RH – Love the idea Joe! Keep your thinking cap on.

My idea is for the dome to be a beer tent for the month of July! …Kevin B. (Rockaway) RH – I hear those Domes can be used all-year round. Maybe a different beer company can sponsor a week each with the proceeds going to rebuild the boardwalk.

How about coming up with a way for locals to register their opinions on how our shoreline will be rebuilt? A civic association, government agency or even MOMA could host informational meetings and set up a Web site for open voting. -Marian H (Belle Harbor) RH – Yeah, perhaps we can also apply some of the lessons learned in the participatory budgeting process.

Following up on your column a few weeks ago on stupid traffic lights, here’s an idea that might lead to faster transit times for cars. NYC agencies that are responsible for roads, bridges, tunnels, traffic control devices, etc. should be rewarded or penalized based on how quickly cars get from Point A to Point B. Maybe then they would think twice about permanently removing lanes, scheduling construction during rush hour or having traffic lights stopping cars 24/7 when they are only needed a few hours a day. …Ben S (Broad Channel) RH – Brilliant idea Ben! Cars could volunteer to allow their E-Z Passes to be used to collect data to measure transit times. Every day we could have real time quantifiable data to insure that transit times are improving or heads will roll!

Thanks for sharing the ideas from the P.S. 207, the kids were quite creative and funny! I especially liked the practical: ”Comfier classroom chairs,” the whimsical: “Mozzarella Stick Mondays” and ““High-Five” Fridays,” the responsible “Vegetarian Day” and especially the mundane: “Safety Awareness Day at PS207 where we practice our drills.” Thanks for encouraging kids to think. I hope that other schools decide to hold Idea Days! …Jenny T

RH – Thanks Jenny, we do, too!

OK, that’s it for this week. Thanks for sharing your ideas! RickHoran@ IdeasImprov.com

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