2013-05-03 / Columnists


Boarders will be back soon. The iconic surf shop, the shop that deservedly gets a lot of credit for turning around the Beach 90s, will reopen in about a week. And that’s just tubular.

We asked the National Park Service about whether the parking lot at Riis will be open Memorial Day. Their answer? “That is the goal.”

An Uzbekistan restaurant, Uma’s, is slated to open on Rockaway Beach Boulevard off Beach 92nd Street. With a wine bar opening on the next block, the old Tap and Grill being transformed and with established standouts, Rockaway Taco, and Elegante’s Rockaway will have a restaurant row before we know it.

News crews were everywhere on Monday as many media outlets did six months after Sandy reports. Many locals got the chance to tell the government that Rockaway shouldn’t be forgotten.

One area that got overlooked and continues to be overlooked is “old Arverne.” Many homes are vacant since the storm and too many streets and sewers need repair. The neighborhood’s got a lot of potential and deserves the same attention demanded by other areas.

Congressman Meeks’s Washington office was shut down after an employee discovered suspicious white powder in an envelope that came in the mail. Capitol police later confirmed the powder was not hazardous and the office reopened.

So, the Mayor announced that a medical group will take control over the old Courthouse on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92nd Street. We have to wonder why. The Harmony Group will invest $10 million. Again, we ask why? Forget that Rockaway could use such a facility since Peninsula closed. Something’s funny, here. Having an x-ray taken in a building with a courthouse façade won’t be any different than an x-ray taken elsewhere. So we ask, why does a medical center need an old courthouse with no parking?

The Museum of Modern Art and Parks announced that the MOMA PS1 VW Dome is extending its run. The community and cultural center will be here through June 30th. Many interesting things go on at the Dome and it’s a great attraction during this time of year. See The Wave Happenings column for updates.

Car comes to a sudden stop on Beach 92nd Street. What are you doing? someone yells from the sidewalk. The driver gets out and picks up a turtle that had been crossing the street. He and the turtle drive off. “Enjoy the soup!” came the next comment from the sidewalk.

The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association’s Annual Beach and Mall cleanup is Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m. Volunteers for the beach cleanup will meet at Beach 134th and the beach; volunteers for the mall cleanup should meet at Beach 134th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

There was a mayoral candidate’s debate last week and no one seemed to note the irony of having it at an oceanfront nursing home.

The agony of de-feet? We hope we can’t believe our eyes but after a quick glimpse of the poured concrete that will be the main surface of the boardwalk islands we are horrified. The ramps look smooth and artistic. But the main surface, not so much. Someone said, forget the concession stands just open a first-aid stand (and maybe a podiatrist station).

The latest we hear on new flood maps is May 21st. Ran into Rep. Peter King who said sheepishly about the Biggert-Waters Act, “We thought it was good legislation at the time.” His look said, not so much anymore.

The first-ever documentary film on Jamaica Bay is being produced. You can join the filmmakers for a fundraiser (and a view of the trailer) at the MoMA PS1 VW 2 Dome on Sunday, May 19th, from 1-4 p.m.

Looking for some Happy Hour fun? Take the ferry from Rockaway on Friday afternoon, May 10th to Wall Street ($2 to ride; $3 dollar beers on the way!). Step off and catch Rockaway’s own Grayriders band playing one block away at The Full Shilling on Pearl Street. Have more fun and then hop back on the ferry for the ride home. (It’s a fundraiser for The Graybeards).

John Liu was fairly well received at the recent mayoral forum held in Rockaway. His chances might be hindered by the recent allegations of the U.S. Attorney that he knew about illegal fundraising acts by his staff.

Christine Quinn said she has great memories of Rockaway because her grandfather had a bungalow in Rockaway. We asked her rep why she now has a house on the Jersey Shore? His answer: She actually has a snappy answer to that.

The NY Times said of Quinn: Speaker Christine Quinn, a key proponent of the Rockaway ferry, said that she remains "fully committed to a five-borough, year-round ferry system." That was in 2003. So depending upon how you look at it, she’s either been a longtime supporter or a longtime do-nothing.

Bill Thompson was also eventually on hand for the mayoral forum— he showed more than an hour after start time. He got mostly favorable reviews though he showed a tin ear when he referred to “The Rockaways” as the place we call home. No one says “I live in the Rockaways” as he put it.

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