2013-04-12 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

At this week’s Graybeards meeting I was reminded by Mike Buckley that all ideas are not shared by email alone. He shared an observation with me and Dan Sugrue that the neighborhood is looking a bit ratty lately, not just because of Sandy storm damage, but just plain litter. His idea, is that we need to start picking up our trash. Mike and his son are practicing what they preach and have been seen walking down the boulevard with big plastic bags collecting bags of trash on the medians. Thanks for the great idea and for setting a great example for the rest of us! ***Speaking of collecting, Kevin Boyle and I (AKA the Ideas Wanted guys) were at the MoMA PS2 VW Dome this past Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening collecting ideas from people all over the peninsula. At several points we even had a line!

Anyway, going strictly from memory and not remembering all the names, here are a few random ideas that we collected. As more come to mind they can be listed in future columns. —-Move east and west traffic to the north side of Shore Front Parkway and convert the south side to a wide, park-like boulevard (think France) with benches, fountains, statues and large public spaces. —-An amphitheater adjacent to the beach for musical performances and community gatherings, maybe like the Jones Beach Theater, but not as big. —-The Dome has been a great addition to Rockaway, but it is scheduled to be dismantled and removed at the end of May. The idea? Make it permanent! —-Bring back Whaleamenia! We miss her and her return would be a morale booster for Rockaway! —-Use shipping containers, four wide and two high with a concrete deck on top. The bottom containers would be filled with the concrete from the concrete piers that would have to be removed. This design provides a fast, inexpensive boardwalk and a very effective elevated seawall. —-Create public spaces and a boardwalk along the bay side, especially in the Beach 60’s. This part of Rockaway is beautiful but often ignored and a structure of this type would allow better access, along with providing some storm protection to nearby homes.

We would like to thank everyone who showed up to share their Rockaway Restoration ideas on video where they have been compiled and submitted to MoMA. They are living evidence that we live among very creative people who care deeply about this little spit of sand in the Atlantic that we call home.

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