2013-07-05 / Letters

Forget About “They Should”

Dear Editor:

Post hurricane Rockaway’s hand has been forced into a state of drastic change. Despite the mega loss to personal and public property, with its follow up grief and frustration, to all of us affected, we have each of us, become part of this new day.

For some, it has become an opportunity to jump onto the ground floor of an interesting STATE of IMPROVEMENT. Yet, for others, it is engendering feelings of resentment towards the growing, “hipstertakeover” of Rockaway. However, it has been my observation that “hip- sters” are drawn to places that offer something of great value, that the local population has under-valued. They then fill the cultural void with “hipster” real-food, thoughtful remodeling, creative activities, interesting businesses, and good music.

In Montauk (the place in The Hamptons – most like Rockaway) the “Hipster” invasion vs. the “Bitter Locals” has reached a point of vile contempt. The Hamptons as a whole (from the Shinnecock Inlet to Montauk Point) is becoming uncomfortable, as a result of this tension.

Complaining is not a solution, and it might be time for locals, here in Rockaway, to start forming syndicates of like-minded locals – who will put some skin into the game. Let’s be a creative force unto ourselves, who bring in innovative businesses and services, on an intimate Mom and Pop, slow business scale.

Big business solutions for Rockaway will only bring in the look and feel of every other cookie cutter, urban sprawled, ruined community. The inspiration for this idea comes from my business experience right here in Rockaway. Here, where I have heard, repeated a million times and over, “They should build this or that.”

Then, the question to ourselves should be, “Who is the THEY we are asking to do these things?” Because, the answer is: there is no mysterious omnipotent THEY out there. The elusive THEY (people hope will do something about their wants) is only ourselves.

CRISTINE MASTROS

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The hipsters are the best

The hipsters are the best thing to happen to this community in many years. Change is great and sometimes you need some big businesses to invest in communities that have been struggling for years. You need an equal medium of everything small mom and pops, medium and chain stores to rejuvenate and grow our community.


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