2013-11-22 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED

By Rick Horan

A relatively small but creative crowd gathered at the second public meeting of the Rockaway West New York Rising Community Construction Program at Martin de Porres HS this past Tuesday to share ideas for the $21 million that the state intends to spend between Beach 74th and Beach 149th streets.

Here’s just a smattering... Strengthen the Edge (Infrastructure)

 Rock Jetties (groins)
 No groins, jetties
 Dunes
 Seawall in boardwalk
 Flood gates at Gill Hodges Bridge
Power, Utilities and Water (Infrastructure)  Wind farm in Riis Park parking lot
 Solar panels on every public building
in Rockaway
 Power outlets on the boardwalk for
events

 Off-shore wind farm
Expand Transportation (Infrastructure)  Restore Rockaway Beach Railroad
Line
 Expand ferry schedule
 A Line service directly to City
 Direct bus to ferry
 Express buses to Wall Street
 Ask the MTA for an On-Time report
for buses and subways
 Get rid of all Cross Bay Bridge Tolls
(and the toll booths so they don’t
come back)
 Eliminate resident tolls for the
Marine Parkway Bridge
 Better coordination between bus and
subway schedules
 Traffic circle at Beach 116th St.
 Install Smart Traffic Lights
 No more expansion of JFK runways
into the bay
 Give back closed lanes on all east –
west thoroughfares and Cross Bay
Blvd.
 Elevate the Beach 116th St. train station Economic Sustainability (Economic
Development)
 Water park with retractable roof in
closed theater on Beach 116th St.
 Communications Hub and Community Center
 Batting cages, miniature golf and
arcade ice cream
 Incentives to use local businesses
 Information for local businesses on
where to find funding
 Less bars and nail salons – need
more variety
Maintain and Expand Access to Water

(Natural and Cultural Resources)
 Remove restrictions on launching
kayaks and other human powered
craft from beaches
 Longer lifeguard hours
 Swim at your own risk
 Kayak launch and boathouse at new
park on Beach 88th St.
 Fishing pier on bay and ocean side at
Beach 108th Street
 Parasailing, kite surfing and paddle
boarding
 Ropes on floats to secure swimming
areas on every beach
 Swimming lessons – lifeguard training  Floating marina from Beach Channel HS to CBB
 Extend boardwalk from Beach 126th
St. to Beach 149th St.
 Concerts and other events on the
beach
 Expand movies on the beach
 New small boat ramp on bay side
 Build kayak boathouse in new Beach
88th St. Park
 Playground on the beach (like Coney
Island
 Volleyball courts on the beach
 Bike and walking path – esplanade
along bay
Emergency Preparedness (Community
Planning)
 Detailed evacuation plans worked
out in advance
 Backup generators at Dayton Towers
 Local radio station for storm preparedness, emergency broadcasting
and disaster recovery
 Oceanography Sciences College
 Central location for power charging

Expand Health and Social Services
 Better access to pharmaceuticals -
post storm
 Mobile medical services
 Re-open Peninsula Hospital as a
research center
 Home visits for the elderly
 Relocate nursing homes to the owner’s backyards
Other Innovative Ideas
 Casinos
 No casinos
 Bring back Skateboard Park
 Get DEP to “stop the stink” at the
sewage treatment plant
 Auction off new lifeguard shacks and
bathrooms
 Build “High Line” from subway to
new commercial site at former MGP
 Use former MGP site for new
Jamaica Bay Conservancy
 Shopping outlets on MGP site
 Build carousel like London (and Staten Island)
Other ideas about town…

Hey...how about a contest to name the Memorial Statue dedicated to the Women Veterans of the US Conflict in Vietnam on Beach 94th St. Of course, the WW1 Memorial directly across the Boulevard is nicknamed ‘The Doughboy’, and memorializes Rockaway’s veterans who gave their last in the ‘war to end all wars’. Pete Steuben

A few FREE “air compressor stations” at the new boardwalk so people could fill up their bike tires would be a good idea. Matt Whalen

Got your own ideas or stories? Share them with me at RickHoran@IdeasImprov.com.

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