If I couldn’t borrow---okay, steal--- from the brilliance of others I’d come off more dumb than I already do. I’m not smart but smart enough to steal from friends. Sometimes I even give credit though it might take me a year or three.
Anyway, I forget how many of the Ten Commandments I break each week here – (I wonder if 70 percent is passing) but one weekly transgression is borrowing from my friends at Rockaway Emergency Plan, the resourceful social media group with a huge presence on Facebook. They’re always posting critical information for Rockaway but occasionally slip in some fun stuff. They posted something recently about how some places in Rockaway are forever associated with the name of a long-gone place.
Like the Beach Club on Beach 116th. No matter what becomes of that place, it’s always gonna be the Beach Club. And the Ram’s Horn diner. Even though it was the Sunset Diner after the Ram’s Horn more people think of it as the Ram’s Horn. Even when it was a bank people would call it the Ram’s Horn or wish it had been the Ram’s Horn.
The post on Facebook got all sorts of responses and they were so good, some just have to be shared.
Thai Rock is making a name for itself but that doesn’t mean some people won’t call it The Bridge. Bungalow Bar occasionally gets called Pier 92 and for a while Jameson’s on Beach 129th was still called the Magnet. You still hear Snug Harbor sometimes when people mean Dalton’s.
The Tap and Grill was the Tap and Grill for a long time. That didn’t stop some from calling it Boggiano’s. When the new bar and mini-hotel opens it will be interesting to see if it’s called the Tap and Grill. (Newsflash: the new place they’re putting there will be called PLAYLAND – and that’s a name that sounds like it will stick).
Prima Pasta in the old Park Theater was known as “the beer distributor” and whatever they put next to Waldbaum’s plenty of people will just call it Ark Drugs. No matter how many nail salons take its place, the 29 Deli will still be the 29 Deli. Oh, and it will always be Stella Maris no matter how many schools go in there.
The Facebook fun produced shout outs for the Rain Tower, Harbor Bakery, Delicious Endings, Martin’s Corner, Woolworth’s and Admiration. Fitzgerald’s, Dingy Dan’s and Walter Blum’s Insurance storefront were remembered, too,
Someone said the Q35 is still the Green Line.
Hey, some names just stick. A lot of my email is still addressed to Dear Howard.
**The Grayriders helped make the season opener at Bungalow Bar a huge success. Rumor has it the Riders will hold a Louie Pastina Hemingway lookalike contest prior to their next gig at the Blackwater.
**We just heard brothers Jerry and Dick Ferren are retiring from the FDNY after long stints in Rockaway. We wish them well and want to acknowledge their brave service. They were among those who fought the fires the night of Sandy. The Ferrens, like too many others, didn’t get the credit they deserve. Here’s wishing them the best!
**Great news about the ferry but Katie Honan expects it will be subsidized by them charging $10 for a Bud Lite. I’m guessing people will start boarding with red cups.