2013-07-12 / Columnists


We ran something called Eyesore of the Week and put the spotlight on the sorry Chai Adult home on Beach 125th Street. Well, once we published the picture and called the owners on the disgraceful state of the building, we got a bunch of emails and calls from people who wanted to nominate other eyesores. One person nominated all of Beach 115th Street. We plan on showing more but we figure we’ll hold off on showing private homes for now. Untidy and careless homeowners are a problem but you never know if there are good reasons why a home is unkempt. We get most irked by commercial and rental properties that ruin entire blocks.

The Rockaway Youth Task Force, in collaboration with GROW NYC, will be launching a Farmer’s Market every Saturday on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 67th Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A handful of New York Yankees visited the Rockaway Special Athletes on Monday. The players were great and seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the Athletes. Yankee pitcher Ivan Nova pitched some Wiffle Ball and a couple of the Rockaway kids took him deep.

Slices And Ices on Beach 116th Street will be reopening soon. Great to see another biz getting back on its feet.

You want to have people attend your rally, your event, your party, your stand-up routine? Maybe you should pick a night other than Wednesday when hundreds of committed volleyballers are at Riis Park.

Candidates who request a call-in interview stand a zero chance of a Wave endorsement. Rockaway is isolated. That’s a big part of the many challenges the peninsula faces. Are we supposed to support a candidate who can’t get here or literally wants to phone it in? Uh, no.

Well, not everyone plays volleyball. The Grayriders will highlight a lineup of bands who will perfrom at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, July 17th at 5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for continuing relief efforts and the Graybeards will be one of the primary beneficiaries. According to Bugsy Goldberg, there is a tax deductible $50 admission which includes appetizers and a “reasonably priced cash bar (no $6 Buds).”

Welcome to The Wounded Warriors visiting this weekend.

We’re more than a little troubled about mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson’s stance on waterfront development. He said on Wednesday that there shouldn’t be any “rebuilding on flood plains.” We asked what he meant by “flood plains” and a spokesperson said he was “talking only about the areas that were significantly damaged by Sandy.” We’re still not clear what he means.

Speaking of mayoral hopefuls, Anthony Weiner announced that he would be walking the beach last Sunday from Beach 149th to Beach 121st. But foolishly, he only gave himself an hour. He was met by many well-wishers but he had no shot at getting down the entire beach and had to cut the walk short because he had another event to attend. Perhaps more egregious was the fact that he wore a tie on the beach! Say it ain’t so, Anthony. A tie on the beach? According to someone he said it’s a habit from when he was running for office a long time ago and wanted to look younger. Ok, tradition is nice. Now lose the tie.

The Rockaway Civic Association launched its second year of their summer film series Beach Flix on Beach 126th Street with more than 100 moviegoers spending an evening under the stars enjoying the family classic movie The Goonies. The Civic shows movies up and down the beach throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for when and where.

Good news for Broad Channel commuters. The MTA announced that there will be hourly Q53 overnight bus service. Councilman Eric Ulrich pushed the MTA to provide more service.

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance has won a grant for $34,500 as part of a “Resiliency Challenge” competition operated by FEMA. In a proposal submitted before Sandy, the RWA said it would create an updated emergency broadcast system using cellular technology/social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate real time updates, videos and alerts.

We’re big fans of the Playland Motel but the riot gates that adorn the place when it’s closed look awful. And since overnight guests are staying there, is the place ever “closed?” Come on, Playland, riot gates don’t lend much to your cool, beachy theme.

We heard about a couple of civilians rescuing or helping to rescue people in danger of drowning. Michael McDonnell who helped save lives on the night of Sandy and Morgen Hatton were hailed by others for their efforts.

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