2013-05-17 / Columnists


Many people commented on The National Disgrace Area known as Riis Park. If the Feds are going to treat it like unwanted stepchild, they should hand it over completely New York City. Yes, we think Parks would do a lot better than the National Park Service.

Chuck Schumer knows. We asked him about the state of Riis Park. He said he’d biked through recently. He said, “Not good, not good.”

Rumor is Virginia Beach boardwalk and seawall is what the Army Corps is looking at as a model for Rockaway.

Don’t forget Saturday is the Rockaway Bike Parade. It’s a parade not a race. Dress up your bike, your scooter, your push cart, your rolling creation and join the fun. Start time is 11 a.m. at the firehouse at Beach 59th Street. The end point is the Dome on Beach 94th. The fun will run from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A federal court overturned the ruling of Judge Nicholas Garaufis that the FDNY intentionally discriminated against minority applicants. The ruling does overturn the requirement of the FDNY to have a monitor to ensure diversity in the department.

There will be a charity screening of the Paul McCartney and Wings documentary “Rockshow” at the Cradle of Aviation-Reckson Center, Thursday May 30th at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will help Songs After Sandy and The Robin Hood Foundation.

Dr. Joyce Brothers died this week at the age of 85. She was a graduate of Far Rockaway High School. She was a winner on the TV show, “”The $64,000 question.” Her area of expertise was boxing. She enjoyed a storied career as an advice columnist and TV personality.

The first of the lifeguard stations arrived by barge and were installed at Beach 86th Street. Although we don’t see much evidence of how $4 million was spent on these, we predict that people will get used to the modular look and they’ll seem like no big deal one day (unless they permanently block your view). For now, though, each one looks like they could be used off season as a motorhome for an aging rock band. Plenty of people are not happy with the state of the beach, lack of boardwalk, and the overall lack of protection. On Sunday there will be a rally and banner signing led by the Friends of Rockaway Beach on Beach 94th Street at 12:30. If you want things to happen, here’s a chance to be seen and heard. Remember that video competition MoMa PS1 announced a couple months back? They faced a tight schedule because the Dome is only here temporarily. Anyway, twentyfive proposals were selected to be presented publicly at the VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach. They will be continuously on view until June 30th. We like saying it: The Dome has been a great addition to the beach! Get in there and enjoy the acoustics if nothing else!

Should be fun. Lew Simon is going after the City Council seat currently held by Eric Ulrich. Lew made the announcement at his club last night.

There’s a petition to keep the ferry. Please go online to keeprockawayferry. com and add your name to this Phil Goldfeder-led effort.

Speaking of the ferry, we’ll likely hear more about it and other plans for Rockaway when the mayor’s SIRR team reveals its plans at the end of the month or in early June.

The New York Times did a story about where mayoral candidates fundraising money is coming from. An interactive map revealed how much was raised in each zip code. William Thompson raised the most money from 11697 and 11694 and 11691. John Liu took 11692. Not much money came from 11693. All of $100 went to Liu and Bill DeBlasio. Frontrunner Christine Quinn got zilch from the peninsula.

Anthony Weiner hired a campaign manager this week and is expected to announce he’s running for mayor this week or next. Maybe he’ll have plans about what to do with the next round of Sandy money. Whoever is mayor better start thinking about that. The $1.7 billion the Bloomberg administration is spending is only part of the pie.

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