2013-10-11 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

So much for waiting till I get enough ideas in a specific category before sharing them. Another bad idea! The new plan is to going back to the print’em as I get ‘em strategy. Enjoy!

Thicker Bags…

Why not just make thicker bags at Waldbaums and other places? So you don’t have to double bag? Or have one set of “lite” bags and a “heavier” set. Saves time and you get fewer bags floating around.

- Anonymous

Books on Wheels…

Beach 117th Street library. Why is it not opened? The other three libraries in Rockaway each have six or seven items listed in the Wave. Can’t they have a mobile unit serve the west-end?

- John Bragg


I was thinking that the whales visiting our beaches could become a new theme for the Rockaways. I started to research the humpback whale catalogues online and there seems to be a way of identifying the individual whales that have visited by marks on their flukes. Being on the lazy side, I decided it would be a good idea (for someone else) to identify and name our whales and then some of the local businesses could add whale stuff to their décor to promote hipster business. If these same whales come back next year, then voila! We are on the map for a great attraction.

- Vicky Sabato


Baseball interleague games, especially those not lucky enough to have both National and American league teams (like NYC); the rules should follow those of the visiting team, not the home team as is the case now. This would give the fans of the visiting team a chance to see how well their team performs using the other league’s rules.

- Jules Verdone

Ride with Traffic…

Make it legal to spit at people who can’t seem to ride their bikes on the correct side of the street —- especially on the boulevard —- and to think these idiots vote and procreate (although that does answer some other questions…).

- Anonymous


Not sure if I’ve got the whole gist of this idea but maybe he will elaborate… Tug boats, for the sake of art, on the ocean or bay side of Rockaway.

- Terry Boyle

Bike Messengers…

In the City it’s common to have close calls with bicycle messengers as they speed silently down the street, between cars, close to curbs. Many times you almost get run over because you simply don’t hear them coming. So they need to attach baseball cards to their front forks, like we all did as kids. At least then we might hear them coming and avoid certain death, or worse!

- Steve Brennan and Bob Geary

Bike Paths…

Along the entire boardwalk from Far Rock to Beach 108th you can have a bike path. It would be by the street away from the boardwalk ramps or stairs and on the outboard side of the handball and basketball parks. From Beach 108th to Beach 116th it will run on the boardwalk. From Beach 116th to the Marine Parkway Bridge it can run along the bay. There can be a small number of streets that people can come off the bike paths, Beach 129th, Beach 116th, etc.

- Bing Strassburg


I work on Beach 116th St. and constantly “shoo away” panhandlers from in front of the store, I notice certain stores never do! I suggest fining stores that don’t! Then maybe more shoppers would feel comfortable patronizing their stores.

- Lissa

So type up your idea, on any subject, and e-mail it to: RickHoran@IdeasImprov.com. And search ITunes for the Ideas Wanted podcast – it’s great fun!

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