2013-11-22 / Community

Computer Lab Comes To Far Rockaway

By Dan Guarino


Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; Time Warner Cable Area VP of Operations, Brien Kelley; Tai White, representing Senator Malcolm Smith and Kevin Alexander, President and CEO of the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation get ready to cut the ribbon and launch the new full equipped computer lab in downtown Far Rockaway. Photo by Ziggy Chau. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; Time Warner Cable Area VP of Operations, Brien Kelley; Tai White, representing Senator Malcolm Smith and Kevin Alexander, President and CEO of the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation get ready to cut the ribbon and launch the new full equipped computer lab in downtown Far Rockaway. Photo by Ziggy Chau. Dozens of business and civic leaders and members of the community gathered at the Mott Avenue offices of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation for the launch of a brand new computer lab in Far Rockaway.

The new lab, provided in partnership with Time Warner Cable, features 16 Dell desktops and four Mac laptops.

“Technology for our younger generation,” RDRC President and CEO Kevin Alexander said at the ceremony, “it not an option. It is a necessity.”

The new lab, he stated, is part of the effort to provide all in the community, young and old, with the means to equally access digital online resources, communications and opportunities.


RDRC President and CEO Kevin Alexander dedicates the new computer lab in Far Rockaway. RDRC President and CEO Kevin Alexander dedicates the new computer lab in Far Rockaway. The new lab is located in a spacious, comfortable room within the RDRC’s offices at 1920 Mott Avenue.

Besides acknowledging TWC and each member of the RDRC, Alexander thanked all the community groups, individuals and organizations for their support.

Brien Kelley, Tome Warner Cable’s Area Vice President for Operations in Brooklyn and Queens, said “We could think of no better way to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy than to open this lab.”

In a pre-event press release, Time Warner described the opening as “part of a multi-year effort to provide New Yorkers with free access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers…”


First online: residents, elected officials and civic leaders try out the new computers. Photos by Dan Guarino First online: residents, elected officials and civic leaders try out the new computers. Photos by Dan Guarino Time Warner Cable installers, IT technicians and their Business Class department all directly worked to make the lab a reality.

As part of its 2011 New York City franchise renewal, Time Warner Cable is committed to have 40 Learning

Labs open in New York City by 2020 to provide low income communities with free access to computers and high-speed internet.

RDRC Director of Community Relations Valerie West noted that a set schedule for the facility is still in development, “This lab is for the community. We will also have senior days.” There will also be general instructional classes and time for member so the public to come up and use the computers.

“Its purpose is to be an open lab,” West said. The schedule, which will be in sync with RDRC office hours, will be published shortly.

RDRC is also open to suggestions from the community to meet needs and develop new ideas.

“When a corporation makes an investment like this in the community,” West said, “We want people to use it...and enjoy it!”

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