2013-09-27 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

Ideas Wanted needs more ideas but can’t figure out how to get them. Maybe asking for any kind of idea is too general. Sometimes focusing on one thing is more productive, and many people generally like some sort of structure, maybe even in the freewheeling world of ideas.

The only way we’re going to find out if getting more specific will help trigger more ideas, is to try it. If restricting creative thought to well-defined categories yields the avalanche of ideas that I have been dreaming about, then let the games begin!

So here’s the big idea, keep ideas to one of the categories listed below, or suggest your own (see, I suck at rules)...

Rockaway Categories
 How to increase ferry ridership to
keep it going beyond next January
 Rockaway Revitalization – ideas you
haven’t heard yet
 What I did right and what I did
wrong preparing for and living
through Sandy

General Categories
 Smart Phone Apps
 Products, (sports, household, gadgets,
 Wacky ideas that probably won’t
 How we can attract more ideas for

Here are some random but interesting ideas to prime the pump...

Why not build a 10 acre, not-for-profit, CO-OP membership Sports Park on the old LIPA site? With plenty of convertible banquet space for big Rockaway Civic meetings, Graybeards dinner dances, etc. With the ferry link to Manhattan and a subway stop up the block, people can easily work out before or after their commutes. Get grant money to expand and add more activities as space allows, and members have to volunteer to teach a class or clean an area of the club.

Members can also free-cycle their old sports equipment. I think I found about six pairs of batting gloves, four sets of kid’s rollerblade elbow and knee guards, and five pairs of lightly used baseball cleats at my house this past weekend. - Viv Carter

I heard these ideas at this past Tuesday’s Park’s Department brainstorming session on boardwalk design, recreation and coastal protection...

LED lights built into the surface of the boardwalk to mark bike lanes at night. The boardwalk serves as a walking and biking thoroughfare, so it should be open 24/7 and not subject to normal park closures at 10 p.m.

Encourage local events and other programming by designing indoor and outdoor space to accommodate it. Some ideas include a gazebo, dome, band shell or just a wider part of the boardwalk that could handle a crowd and a performer.

Use different colored material for the surface of the boardwalk that would form letters only discernible from far away. People approaching New York by air could be greeted by a huge “Rockaway Beach” sign.

A trolley could travel from east to west along the entire length of the boardwalk, making stops along the way.

Pedi cabs would be another great way to get from one end of the Peninsula to the other.

Focus on a category, think of an idea, share it with the world at RickHoran@ IdeasImprov.com Oh, if you have ITunes, do a search for “Ideas Wanted” the podcast. It’s free and fun and features Kevin Boyle and me and sometimes some guest appearances.

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