2013-06-28 / Columnists

Beachcomber

We like highlighting positive stories and Sandy recovery. But some buildings were eyesores before the Storm and remain so now. We’ll occasionally publish Eyesores Of The Week and include the available public info about the owners. The Chai Home on Beach 125th Street gets this week’s spotlight.

Holiday deadline. It’s a short work week. Please get your ads (and writers get your columns) into the Wave by Monday!

So we were told that The Wave gave no mention to dads on Father’s day. Good thing most Dads are used to being overlooked! Happy Father’s Day!

In this week’s Wave we have a terrific story in the occasional series “Stories From Sandy.” Set aside some time and give it a read. You’ll really enjoy Laura Cryan’s work. Oh, and Happy Birthday to Laura and her Grannie Annie, both celebrating birthdays this weekend.

And the Dome is done. Sunday marks the last day of the MoMA PS 1 VW2 Dome on Beach 94th Street. It’s been a great community asset and will be sorely missed. Big Thumbs Up to Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA, the Parks Department and the many of you who helped make the Dome such a surprise neighborhood hit. There will be festivities there this Saturday and Sunday so you still have a chance to enjoy.

Thai Rock and Bungalow Bar asked the MTA about using some area around the base of the Cross Bay Bridge for parking. They were first rebuffed but now it seems the MTA is open to that idea or others and will offer a Request For Proposals, according to Senator Joe Addabbo.

Correction: Last week, in the story “Plan to Bring Homeless to 116th on Hold,” The Wave reported that Danny Ruscillo and Phil Goldfeder met with Jay Deutchman in June 2012 to discuss security measures for the Narco Freedom property on Beach 116th Street. Deutchman was not part of this meeting. Ruscillo and Goldfeder met with CEO Alan Brand of Narco Freedom.

The decomposing body of Keith Lancaster was found on April 5th at 40- 06 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The medical officer determined that the man who lived in a trailer on property at that address died as a result of drowning from Sandy. No comment on neighbors or the property owner for not checking on the man sooner.

Gateway has a new boss, Joshua Laird. He’s actually the boss of several parks in the region, including Gateway. The Wave made him quite aware of the state of Riis and Fort Tilden. He says the park will look better. He does say that he thinks it’s important that the area coming off the Marine Park Bridge should look welcoming. He seems to know that the parks need help. He couldn’t say why the same graffiti is on handball courts going on three years but did say he “guarantees” Gateway will look different within two years. Of course, that could mean anything.


Kelley Brooke, The H2O Generation and SUP Magazine are celebrating summer and holding a fundraiser on June 29th at the 97th Street concession. Along with Boarders on the Beach, Low Tide and Motorboat and the Big Banana they will be hosting the fun from 6 to 9 p.m. with Bobby J supplying tunes. Stand up paddlers are invited to bring their boards earlier in the day to the Beach 90th Street surf beach. SUP magazine videographer Morgan Hoesterey will be starting her journey across the country in Rockaway to capture the true essence of American stand up paddling culture. It wasn’t long ago that such fun was unheard of in Rockaway!


There’s a compelling video online about what some Breezy people have to deal with now. The video has some incredible footage with the fires of October 29th. Google: vimeo and put in quotes: “what’s left of my house.”

The trap bags are right in front of the concrete stanchions. The trap bags are supposed to be completely covered by sand when the Army Corps pumps sand. Nice little dunes will be the result. Question: what happens to the dunes and underlying trap bags when the boardwalk is rebuilt? We guess the dunes and trap bags will be destroyed. If the trap bags were set up closer to the water, away from the stanchions, and then buried with sand, a dune system could have been established. Now? It looks like trap bags and dunes will have to be done all over again at some point.

John Cori, a longtime advocate for beach protection, says there should be a four prong approach. There should be a sand-filled beach; long rock groins (jetties); a double dune system at the back of the beach or a boardwalk inbetween; and a combination boardwalk-seawall. Four simple steps. We like it.

Don’t forget: The Habitat for Humanity fundraiser in Breezy Point is Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Breezy tennis courts.

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