In Breezy Point the Jamin’s Blarney Castle stood up to Superstorm Sandy and held its own all through the devastation around it. The bar was open and serving meals throughout the darkest days of “Sandy.” Thank God. I ran into the Blarney briefly while waiting for my son, Jimmy Matuozzi, to pick me up and met Mary Lou who gave me some information about the Board meeting at the Rockaway Point Yacht Club. They discussed the sand dunes to be built 12 ft. high and 10 ft. wide along the ocean. Is it also being constructed on the bayside? Another big question arose: What about the 19 and a half million dollars in government grants being offered? Will part of that go to help residents repair their homes? Mary Lou pleaded: the community must come out to these meetings to find out where this money is going and what strides are being made to help the community recover. The Coop will renovate the fire house and acquire new equipment and build a safety station to help the elderly and, of course, they did get approval to build a new security facility.
Through the summer the Bay House assumed business under two tents with a bar. The Sugar Bowl stayed open under a tent. They made do very nicely. Music, entertainment and libation was provided and well needed. All of Breezy Point and surroundings areas cannot thank the volunteers enough: City Fire Department, Operation Blessing, Habitat for Humanity to name a few. This does prove there are good people in the world who are empathic enough to reach out and work up a sweat for another human in desperation.
The other night I attended a fundraiser: Rockaway Rescue Alliance or Rockaway Shore Soup Project. The benefit was at the Bowery Hotel in NYC. They served more than 50,000 meals to Rockaway people with the help of volunteers and farmers.
This spring they raised funds for a pay-as-you-can food truck from June to August. They had a great response and served thousands of healthy, organic meals and now they want to build a permanent restaurant in Rockaway. It was a lovely event: music, dancing, buffet and silent auction. All proceeds went to help restore Rockaway after the storm.
On the day I met my son, we had a great repast at the old Snug Harbor, now Dalton’s in Rockaway Beach, which escaped with little damage during the storm. When I walked in, a few of the waitresses recognized me from years back when I dined there with my buddies and Frankie Gallagher owned it. Dalton has done a great job with it. Everything was delicious.
There is no need to drive to NYC when you have such a fine restaurant right at your doorstep. You must try the tuna appetizer. Soooo good!
At the Grand Hyatt, I learned about the seven Emirates (UAE Tourism). Dubai is a thriving, modern city and boasts the tallest building in the world. This is also a golfer’s paradise. Is sailing your thing? Or horseback riding, culture and art? You can hop on a plane to Milan on Emirates Air. From Europe it is a hop, skip and a jump away. AWAY WE GO..........