2013-04-12 / Editorial/Opinion

Dome Lessons

The Moma PS 1 Dome at Beach 94th Street has been a real boost for the community in this time of year when weather is spotty and well, there’s not much to do. The Dome has had music, information sessions, art workshops, and community meetings. It’s had a little bit of everything.

Most people think it’s cool looking though like anything you’ll get some gripes.

If it wasn’t there, we’d have an unused end of a parking lot. Major applause to Klaus Biesenbach and David Selig and others who came up with the idea. Kudos to the Rockaway Beach Civic Association and The Parks Department for supporting it.

Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Parks Commissioner, spoke with understandable pride when she addressed the crowd at the grand opening a few weeks back. Without Parks’ permission and support, it wouldn’t have opened at all.

But here’s what Parks should remember. The Dome idea came from private people. (Even better that they work and live here.) There’d be an empty parking lot there today if it weren’t for the inspiration of private citizens. Parks should see the wisdom in listening and following the lead of private citizens. Maybe it will occur to them that the best ideas for the boardwalk will come from the people of Rockaway. Here’s the message to City Hall: Listen to the people of Rockaway and before you know it, you’ll be speaking with understandable pride about how the boardwalk was a project conceived and built in partnership with the community.

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