2013-12-20 / Columnists


A lot of people had to get new cars after Sandy. That hasn’t been lost on the ticket patrol. Brownies (though they don’t wear brown any more) are going around checking Inspection stickers. Got a new car after the storm? Might be time for an inspection. We asked both our City Council reps who they were backing for Speaker. Donovan Richards wasn’t commenting and Eric Ulrich was uncommitted. Oh, that was on Monday. On Wednesday, Eric told the NY Times he was backing liberal Melissa Mark-Viverito. A month ago he said she would be a disaster. Oh, politics. Who knows, maybe with this reversal Eric got de Blasio (who wants Mark-Viverito) to commit to a permanent ferry.

Well there’s a seawall in Rockaway, it just happens to be made of sand. When erosion carves out a steep slope in the sand it’s called “scarping.” The Army Corps says this is to be expected and that when the next round of sand comes the beach will even out. Until then, be careful, beachcombers! Those cliffs are nearly 10 feet high.

Remember, for a great, stable community we need local shops to thrive. Many merchants rely on holiday sales to get them through some lean months. Give Rockaway a boost: Shop local! All aboard! The ferry has a warm, cozy interior so if you’re thinking about taking a ride to the city but aren’t sure about the weather, fear not ! And, as some have pointed out, it’s warmer than waiting for a transfer in Broad Channel.

Speaking of transportation, support for the reactivation of the Rockaway branch line seems to be more diverse than in years past. Phil Goldfeder tells us Community Boards 10 and 5 have voiced their support and so, too, have Congressional members Meeks, Jeffries, and Nadler. Not long ago, Rockaway couldn’t even get its own congressman, Weiner, to support reactivating the line that would cut the Rockaway to Manhattan commute in half.

Christmas trees won’t be seeing the wood chipper this year. Instead, the trees will be used to fortify dunes from Beach 9th Street to Beach 20th, says the Park Department.

Priority 1 cases in Build It Back are largely based on Average Median Income (AMI). If a household falls under 80 percent of AMI it is a Priority 1 case. Perhaps surprising to some, 35 percent of those who applied for Build It Back from Neponsit, Belle Harbor, and Rockaway Park are considered Priority 1. The explanation, according to Build It Back officials, is that many of these homeowners live in houses passed down through generations. They are “house rich, and cash poor.” In other cases, some people have lower incomes because they work off the books.

Reminder to clueless drivers. Please remove snow off the hood and roof of your cars before driving! Some people carve out a little peephole on the windshield and then drive around in their SUVs oblivious to human life around them.

The Rockefeller Foundation selected the first 33 cities to join their 100 Resilient Cities network. Selected cities will receive technical support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience over the next three years. New York was called “ahead of the curve” by the foundation mostly because it issued the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR report) in June. Rockaway is already on the radar of the Rockefeller Foundation which announced support for the Jamaica Bay- Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay

Wondering where all the Sandy relief money is going? Well, $65 million was spent by New York and New Jersey on tourism advertising.

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