2013-05-03 / Columnists

Slice of Life

by Beth Hanning

So editor Kevin Boyle says that he knows things will be back to normal when we as a community start complaining about the treats that dogs leave us on the beach. Well, I know things are far from normal but I have a few complaints.

1. Munimeters: What is the story with the munimeters? After the storm I had heard we did not have to pay the munimeters, now half of the munimeters are either gone or broken. My favorite is across from The Gift is Love. The top part of the meter is just gone and when you walk across to the meter in front of the old hair salon it does not accept quarters. It has been like this for a while. I do not want to sound lazy and I am sure my father will have a comment about me even driving to 116th Street from my house, but it is very annoying to get out of the car and walk across the street and then the meter is not even working. How far does the New York City Department of Traffic want me to walk to find a meter that works? Is there a distance written down somewhere?

Beach Channel Drive is even worse! I often go to the Post Office, or the dry cleaners and that area is a small parcel of spots. Am I supposed to cross Beach Channel Drive to get a square of paper to put in my windshield? Again it is not really being lazy, sometimes it is the time wasted.

This is not just a Rockaway problem. This problem also exists on Emmons Avenue. I had to stay outside while my husband went into a store due to fear of receiving a ticket. I had multiple quarters but no meter!

2. Driving Wildly: I understand that many of us are in a rush. We are probably the busiest generation in terms of working and carpooling children to multiple activities, BUT slow down. I live on Newport Avenue and it doubles as the Indianapolis 500. Also, please stop at the stop signs while coming out of the side blocks! Children are returning to their homes and will be out bicycling or skateboarding since the warm weather is hopefully here to stay. In addition to Newport being busy, the Martin children live on Newport and will be home soon. This is also a problem on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive as well.

3. Horn Honking: I also think we should have signs, like the ones in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, regarding the blaring of horns. When the light turns green please give the driver a chance to step on the gas. If it is someone like me who is daydreaming give them a tap on the horn, that is enough.

4. Concession Stands: I feel I am going to get some flack over this, but I have a huge problem with New York City working so hard to get these islands ready for the concession stands to be open for business. Is anyone helping the local businesses that have been open for 20-30 years reopen? I spoke to numerous business owners and the answer was the same: no help at all. We still have a lot of local businesses that are not re-opened yet and that means many locals do not have jobs, and that includes all of the teens that work over the summers.

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