2013-11-22 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Let’s face it. The lifeguard shacks and comfort station are the gifts that keep on giving. The corrugated steel on the underbelly of the modules on Beach 106th is hanging off enough to flap in the wind. The flapping makes it moan and groan like a boardwalk Tin Man.

And it’s just not a Rockaway thing. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, joined by civic leaders and residents of the Brighton Beach community, has called the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to permanently halt construction of a two-story modular comfort station being built directly in front of a residential apartment complex at least until an Environmental Impact study is done.

Build It Back update. Although the figure given at the Breezy Point meeting was $640 million and thus reported in The Wave, the BIB people called to say the current CDBG dollar amount to fix housing is $648 million. (We’ve been reporting $648 for months but since they came up with the new number at the meeting we reported what they said). Also, their power point numbers were off. They said Breezy Point would have close to 1000 full rebuilds, the number is slightly under 200. We knew that number was off so we added “these numbers are likely to change.” They also say some of the money might go out faster than what we reported. Let’s hope. One point to remember, if you pay for repairs yourself, no matter your priority level, those payments will be considered for reimbursement. Reimbursements will be the last monies paid out. If you need repairs still and can hang on it might be worth waiting. Some Rockaway eateries are joining forces on Saturday, December 7th for a first-ever Rockaway “restaurant crawl.” Calling themselves the HEART of Rockaway, (Hospitality & Entertainment

Association for Restaurants and Taverns), they are a group of ten establishments offering a special tasting event all day. Pick up a pass for $10 and get a delectable sample at each place. Hats off to the 10 places launching this great idea: Bungalow Bar, Thai Rock, Elegante, Surfside Bagels, Sayra’s, Uma’s, Playland, The 101 Deli, Irish Circle and Veggie Island. Enjoy ! For more information you can email info@rockawaybeachheart.org

Other merchants are energized as well. The new Beach 116th Street Partnership is hard at work cleaning up and promoting business on the street that’s so important to Rockaway. Have you seen all the new spiffy storefronts? The tree lighting on December 4th is expected to be a spectacular event. And wait, the Beach 129th Street merchants aren’t being left behind. They’ve got holiday lights, a new welcoming mural, and plenty of newly renovated shops. We haven’t seen this kind of spirit in….well, forever. Go Rockaway !

Want to have a say in how millions of dollars are spent in Rockaway? The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program has earmarked many millions for Rockaway and Broad Channel. Committees made up mostly of locals are working to shape ideas and are hoping for community input. Ideas about resiliency – which includes everything from economic development, transportation, shore and bay protection, infastructure, communications – you name it—are welcome. Read The Wave for announcements about upcoming meetings and go online for more info: nyrisingmap.org

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