Going for the green in Broad Channel. The Designer Gardens and Nurseries garden center has recently sprouted just off Cross Bay Boulevard, in a newly built space between the American Legion Hall and the Broad Channel Athletic Club Field. Photos By Dan Guarino Along Rockaway’s road to recovery, each business opening has been an important step forward.
Week by week a growing number of banks, restaurants, concessions, bars and other enterprises have been bringing their business back to the area.
Most had been shuttered since Hurricane Sandy. But now, months after the storm, many are reopening their doors for the first time with proud signs that say “We’re Open!”
Here are a few that have set up shop around Rockaway and Broad Channel.
Channel Team Realty, which just held its grand reopening, settles into its new home, in a rebuilt former ‘house for sale’ in Broad Channel.
From Rockaway to Howard Beach banks were almost non-existent after Sandy struck. Although generator powered temporary branches and rows of parking lot ATM’s are still common, the completely redone Queens County Savings Bank on RBB is one of a handful of banks that have now reopened.
Strands Hair Salon was one of the first businesses to open its doors and welcome customers to their new location in the commercial strip on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 103rd Street.
Less than a block from the beach, Connolly’s Bar on Beach 95th Street, was flooded during the storm and required months of clean up and renovation. A Rockaway institution which lists its birthdate as “May 1, 1905,” it has recently reopened its doors to the public.
Cyber Zone Gym, along with other nearby businesses, was hard hit by the storm. It’s reopening is part of a revival of the commercial enclave between Beach 102nd and Beach 105th Streets on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Serving everything from fries to fish and chips, The Fisherman’s Dog can be found along Beach Channel Drive, near the Wave gas station. (No relation to the newspaper!)
Deluged by the Bay, Thai Rock is coming back, re-opening its back deck for drinks, dinner and music as well as water-ski and kayak rentals. Its interior is still under renovation.
Ready for summer, Rippers, with a menu of fries, burgers and beverages, was the first concession to re-open on the Boardwalk at Beach 86th Street.
Back on a roll, a familiar Rockaway fixture, Maria’s Breezy Dog has once again set up shop outside of Fort Tilden along Rockaway Point Boulevard.