2013-04-05 / Community

Local Author Brings Back Rockaway Past


Librarians Kacper Jarecki of the Seaside Library (left) and Matthew Allison of the Peninsula Library (center) received copies of Images of America: Rockaway Beach from local author and historian Vivian Carter at the Peninsula Library’s temporary quarters. Librarians Kacper Jarecki of the Seaside Library (left) and Matthew Allison of the Peninsula Library (center) received copies of Images of America: Rockaway Beach from local author and historian Vivian Carter at the Peninsula Library’s temporary quarters. Not long after the flood waters of Superstorm Sandy tore across the peninsula, local author Vivian Carter realized that her work on “Images of America: Rockaway Beach,” had preserved a print and digital record for future generations of hundreds of vintage local photos.

Hoping to replace some of what the storm took away, Carter applied for New York Foundation for the Arts’ funding to produce and distribute free commemorative copies of her book.

Books distributed to the Rockaway Museum, St. Rose of Lima School, and three local Queens library branches that were flooded, storm recovery volunteers from Habitat for Humanity in Breezy Point and individuals and businesses which endured major damage to their stores, such as The Gift is Love, Ciro’s Pastry CafĂ©, Surfside Bagels, and West End Realty.

Those who suffered business or household damage, and would like a free book copy, can e-mail Carter with a brief description of their circumstances, at VCARTER@nyc.rr.com, and a copy will be reserved for you.

The books will be distributed at a reception on Saturday, April 20th, 3-6 p.m., at The Blue Bungalow at 165 Beach 116th Street.

All are invited to attend and celebrate the preservation of Rockaway’s history. Free refreshments will be on hand, and additional signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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