2013-11-29 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Bill de Blasio named 60 people to his transition team. Glad to know that Rockawayite Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts made the cut.

Businesses opening. There’s Liquor Warehouse next to Waldbaum’s; there’s Nicole Frontera Beauty, a “medical spa” offering hair removal, facial rejuvenation, chemical peels, skin tightening and body contouring. There’s Rogoff’s reopening on Beach 116th Street. And Family Dollar in Dayton Shopping Center. Keep ‘em coming!

Phil Goldfeder scored a nice goal by getting Queens College to conduct a non-partisan study about the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. We wonder if the study will consider how people perceive the rail regardless of its name. As it is, it sounds like it’s only supporting Rockaway. That doesn’t fly in Queens. Months ago, we suggested calling it the Queens Express Line. We bet more people would be in favor of reactivating the line if it sounded like it might help all of Queens.

Someone from the City caught a mistake in a last week’s editorial in which we lamented the prospect of the boardwalk being ready in 2018. We said voters would be considering whether to give de Blasio a second term. It was pointed out that he’ll actually be seeking another term in 2017 and would be sworn in again in 2018 if he’s successful. Point taken! As for the full boardwalk completion, we said if it’s finished in late 2017, the first time a summer crowd will enjoy the full board will be 2018. That’s OUR point. We won’t be surprised if we see yellow ribbons start popping up as locals wait and wait.

The Board of Elections is something else. They used one set of machines for the primary and the Public Advocate run-off. For the citywide election they changed the machines. Poll workers had to contend with unfamiliar machines as many of them spit back ballots. And those ballots? You couldn’t read them without a magnifying glass. We’ve called the Board of Elections THREE times to get breakdowns regarding vote totals. We haven’t gotten a call back let alone the results.

Well the only thing darker than the short days this time of year is the state of the local professional sports teams. The Rangers hockey team is just a game over .500. The Islanders, Jets, Giants, Knicks and Nets range from below average to dreadful. This year’s Super Bowl is being played in Giants Stadium and it sure looks like two out of town teams will be competing.

With the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination getting so much coverage, we thought we’d add this little tidbit. The Nike Hercules missiles at Fort Tilden were raised to alert status on November 23, 1963, an indication that the President’s murder might trigger an international conflict.

Short blackouts happened Sunday night/early Monday. A LIPA spokesperson said “a wire came down and knocked out a transmission circuit.” Where? That stumped them. The night was frigid so it made some people think immediately about generators.

Believe it or not, sometimes we let a few weeks pass without mention of flood insurance but that doesn’t mean it’s an issue that has gone away. Quite the contrary! Our electeds, Schumer, Gillibrand, and Meeks are still on the hook for getting us out of this mess. They supported the Biggert-Waters Act which threatens coastal communities everywhere. They’ve got to fight to make it right. And you can remind them.

Ocean Village at beach 59th Street is looking better and better. After years of being a crime den, this complex is turning itself around with fresh paint and extensive renovations. It always had great potential because it isn’t surrounded by other problem buildings. It’s on the ocean and across from the train.

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