2013-09-13 / Columnists


It’s not just Rockaway. The toilets in the sky that Parks bestowed upon the beaches don’t sit well with some people in Brighton Beach either. A group of condo owners weren’t thrilled with the placement of the units so they sued. According to various reports, a judge has ordered a halt to the whole project until an impact study of some kind is completed.

Speaking of the lifeguard and comfort stations, the New York branch of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is calling October “Archtober” and they’ve put together events and tours for the month. One stop on the tour is to show off the lifeguard and comfort stations. The tour stop is set for October 29th and will be at either Beach 32nd or Beach 59th Street. Tickets costs $10. We are trying to find out if those on the tour will be given Clorox wipes to clear away the rust and dirt on the units. And we don’t know if the comfort stations they tour will actually be in use.

Nobody wants their candidate to fall out of the money but we can live with our Sal Albanese vote. Sal earned 17 percent of the vote in Rockaway Park and close to that in Belle Harbor. Sal did better in Rockaway than he did in his Bay Ridge backyard and he beat Anthony Weiner. Bill de Blasio did not crack 40 percent in most Election Districts on the west end. Bill Thompson took Breezy Point and most of the west end. Thompson and de Blasio split a lot of Far Rockaway. The Wave’s republican choice – Joe Lhota – beat John Catsimatidis easily throughout the peninsula. Oh, and some guy named Neil Grimaldi got 100 votes from the Election District that includes Redfern. Recount !

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council got the boot from Riis Park a few years back. Wonder why NPS is allowing La Familia into the park. La Familia advertise themselves as the guys that “brought you Levels To This Shit” whatever that was. They’re now bringing something called “Far Rock X” to Riis on Saturday, September 14th. Maybe it’s just a small thing with music and BYOB…

The Wave will be printing Sandy photos in the one year anniversary edition, If you’ve got pictures you’d like to share, please send them to editor@rockawave.com

The Rockaway Youth Task Force has announced that its successful Rockaway Beach Youth Market, run in conjunction with growNYC, will remain open through November. It was originally set to close on August 31st, but with growNYC’s help it will continue to operate until the season ends. It is open every Saturday on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 69th Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We didn’t pore over the results of every Election District but we did get a look at Belle Harbor results. Lew Simon swamped his opponent 835 votes to 95. Then again, who are the 95 people who voted for someone from Ozone Park named William Ruiz?!

Stop FEMA Now. The Wave believes there should be congressional action to rectify parts of the Biggert-Waters act which will set in motion flood insurance premiums that will destabilize neighborhoods across the country. People expecting to live near the coast should attend a rally scheduled for Saturday, September 28th at noon in Broad Channel. Rockaway needs to do its part to bring attention to this crucial matter. If you’re not one who goes to meetings or rallies often, you should try to make this one.

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