2013-06-14 / Columnists


The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association (BHPOA) is opening up its next meeting to ALL residents of Rockaway. Walter Meyer, an urban designer (and surfer) will be presenting ideas about beach protection and the BHPOA feels that it is so important a topic they want all residents to become aware of some options, including a double dune system. The meeting will be Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m. at PS 114.

The double dune system, simply, has a front dune which is called “sacrificial” because it will offer some protection but likely be washed away by a major storm; a second dune would be a “forest dune” built with hardy trees and vegetation and should offer great protection and survive a major storm.

Mayor Bloomberg said at his press conference on Tuesday that Breezy Point will get a double dune system and that it will be considered for the rest of Rockaway.

Getting a dumpster and worried about a parking ticket? Eric Ulrich’s office says, no worries. DOT says they won’t ticket but just don’t put dumpsters in “No Parking Anytime” zones. If having a dumpster out front on weekends gets you a ticket, call the councilman’s office and they will “have that corrected.”

Queens Forestry will be available for wood debris removal for Rockaway homeowners: Saturday, June 15, OR Sunday, June 16. Debris cannot contain root mass, stumps, soil, rocks, sand, or building material. Please bundle your wood debris with rope or twine. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made by 12:00 noon, Friday, June 14th. To schedule please email Kevin McClain at Kevin.McClain@ parks.nyc.gov or call 917-417-6233

Want to see a pretty amazing video of Sandy knocking down a homeowner’s wall on Beach 126th Street? Google: “Palmiero’s wall youtube ” or type in this link: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?feature=player_ detailpage&v= wlN_ gcMMbVk

June is Men’s Health Awareness month and The Wave’s interesting intern, Ilyassha Shivers, is holding a Men’s Health Awareness festival at O’Donahue Park, Beach 17th Street, on June 15th, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Go say hello and maybe learn some things. Mayor Bloomberg revealed his SIRR report in a smartly renovated ship building hangar, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday. The venue reminded us what a waste the hangars at Floyd Bennett Field are. The hangars could be used for great public gatherings from meetings, to shows, to parties, to press conferences, you name it. But we are talking about Gateway, so forget it. They like dilapidated buildings.

But who knows, maybe there is hope for Gateway. Superintendent Linda Canzanelli is retiring. Joshua Laird is taking over. We’re encouraged because Laird is not from the National Park Service. He comes from NYCity Parks and helped develop the Brooklyn Bridge park and other projects. Out with the old and in with the new!

Got a peek at the Playland Bar and Motel opening on Beach 98th Street Wednesday afternoon. It looks great! The crew is hustling to finish 12 rooms for rent upstairs; a big bar area; and a spectacular backyard deck area. There are all sorts of clever touches and many locals have been hired. Andy Cholakis who owned the legendary Tap and Grill will be pleased.

After the SIRR press conference, mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese was the only candidate to recognize Rockaway. He said: After years of neglecting coastal neighborhoods and seven months of hiding from outraged Sandy victims, Mayor Bloomberg finally stepped up to the plate today. The ideas that he laid out - from alternative flood insurance options in Rockaway to permanent levies in Staten Island - represent a proactive, neighborhood focused approach that we demanded long before and immediately after Hurricane Sandy hit.

If you’re ever in doubt about Rockaway bouncing back, go have a look at The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League in action on Wednesday nights at Riis. Hundreds of people gather each week to play volleyball and enjoy the festive atmosphere. It’s a scene that defines Rockapulco. Please see the coverage, in separate pieces, that Norm Scott and Rick Horan give to R/UDAT – a regional/urban design team that visited Rockaway and assisted locals in visualizing a future for Beach 116th Street. Many civics, associations, and individuals are to be commended for offering ideas. Though you might ask, now what? There are possibilities. See the articles by Norm and Rick.

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