2013-08-30 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

Ode To Summer
By Beth Hanning

As Labor Day Weekend approaches and summer comes to an end here are a few thoughts about summer of 2013.

Seastreak Ferry: As many of you who read my column already know my husband and I had a rough time on our first ferry ride. We were misinformed from a friend that there was a second stop and we stayed on the ferry. Three hours later we returned back to Manhattan for a great dinner. We had so much fun we did it many times after. My friend says she feels rich when we were on it! The last time we were on the ferry many people were not even let on the boat due to too many riders. I think Seastreak Ferry is the best thing to come out of the storm. I hope many people continue to ride even in the winter. My three hour tour was in a monsoon and we were very comfortable downstairs. Thank you to all who keep fighting to keep the ferry for us.

Local Businesses: It was great to visit the local businesses after their reopening. Each time I go into a reopened business it is so great to see the smiling faces behind the counter. I saw many sunsets at Bungalow Bar, had a few good barbeques from Curran’s Meats, enjoyed a few burgers at Jameson’s, and of course had a couple of frozens from Connolly’s.

New Businesses: The new businesses seem to be doing well. I visited Sayra’s Wine Bar and had a very nice afternoon. Playland Hotel is very interesting and I enjoyed the backyard very much. I am still working my way to Uma’s which I heard is excellent. I also keep meaning to get to the new Rockaway Beach Surf Club. I hope to get there soon.

The Beach: The beach was spectacular this summer. My friends and I often stayed after the lifeguards left the beaches. There is nothing better than ordering pizza and eating on the beach. Seeing the children swimming and playing at the shore was proof that we are resilient. The water was beautiful. There was also camaraderie between neighbors that made the beach even more enjoyable. I also did not see many DFDs. I think they read my column and stayed away from my beach.

Hopes for 2014: I hope that my friends who are still not home get home soon. I look forward to the rest of our businesses opening. Hopefully by next summer we will have a few more restaurants. My number one hope for summer of 2014 is that I can go for a bike ride on the boardwalk.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Summer 2013 was needed by many of us. I think it delivered.

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