2013-09-20 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED

By Rick Horan

Rummaging around in the Ideas Wanted Mail Bag I have found a few interesting tidbits from readers that I would like to share with you this week.

Rick,

Love your column. Hope we can get ideas from paper to project one day. As we approach the "1 Year Since Sandy" mark. My idea would be to have a Memorial and Tribute Park within the New Boardwalk area. Perhaps a Fountain with shaded trees and sitting area, a plaque memorializing the neighbors we lost and one that pays tribute to Volunteerism. Maybe when NYC Parks gets the funds, they will seek community input, I won't hold my breath. Thanks for doing what you do. - Patrick Tubridy

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I have an idea! Get parks to weld a 2" pipe on the beach side of the new sea wall so we can chain up bikes.

Mr. Happy (AKA Steve Gifford)

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The "Ideas Wanted" in the 8/23 Wave (ideas from P.S. 207) was so, so, so, funny, even hysterical, I keep re-reading them for the laughs. The perfect Saturday morning read with my coffee! I live out of state (so I just received my paper a few days ago) but still have my home in the Rockaways and The Wave truly keeps me connected! Say hello to Susan! Thank you. Audrey James

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Occasionally we just receive links to Websites with cool ideas. In this case, Matt Whalen sent in a couple of YouTube videos demonstrating different types of Illuminated Crosswalk Systems to alert drivers that pedestrians are crossing the street. Some systems have the lights on either side of the street on poles; others are embedded in the roadbed on either side of the crosswalk. In both cases these lights flash rapidly, when there is someone crossing the street so drivers who aren’t paying close attention will not run anyone over. Sounds like a good thing to implement in conjunction with Intelligent Traffic Lights!

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Boston has their regatta - their 'Head of the Charles' - the weekend before to celebrate all that's grand about their rivers and their harbor, and to engage their university students who excel in sculling and rowing, and so maybe Rockaway might consider our beautiful bay - derelict, dilapidated and underdeveloped though it may be - as the focus of a Fall Festival. The skulls we don't have, but kayaking is starting to catch on, and there are certainly hundreds of bay-boats our fishing enthusiasts have, and then with maybe jet-ski extravaganzas and barbeques all along our beautiful bay front it might be fabulously entertaining, interesting and fun for all...from Mott Ave to the Breezy Point Light House.

We are learning more and more about the bay - as our commuters are now engaged through the Rockaway Ferry - that the bay is a treasure and an unnaturally gorgeous asset for Queens and Greater New York City and it sits right at our doorstep! Certainly, this could/should include Broad Channel.

Also, wouldn't it be great to engage the students in our high-schools, especially those that might have watersport clubs - like kayaking and racing?!

Pete Stubben

Note: similar ideas have been floated by Joe Hartigan and others in the community.

Shoot me a link for a new idea that you’ve seen online, or better yet, one you thought of yourself! We can give you credit or keep it anonymous, your choice.

RickHoran@IdeasImprov.com

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