2014-01-17 / Columnists

Eye On Rockaway

Is Parks Finally Getting Boardwalk Rebuild Right?
By Miriam Rosenberg

One hundred and ninety full-time construction jobs.

A concentrated effort to get locals work on the project. A completion date of Memorial Day, 2017. After almost 18 months it sounds like the Parks Department may have finally gotten its act together on rebuilding Rockaway’s boardwalk.

That was the news coming out of Community Board 14’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

What is most impressive – and let’s keep our fingers crossed that it all works out – is the information that flowed out of the meeting about jobs for locals.

This is what is known so far. A field office, which will be located in Rockaway, is to be opened on March 17th. Before that office even opens there will be neighborhood outreach nights, when job applications will be accepted for the project.

They’re now scheduled for February 12th, March 5th and March 26th. Let’s hope a lot of locals get jobs.

Of course. as with everything in New York City there are ‘those’ variables. For this project, according to reports, Parks still has to get an approval for an environmental impact study by HUD and permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Oh, and it will be at least three more storm seasons without complete protection.

One part of the boardwalk’s design will finally put to rest the question of is it Rockaway or The Rockaways.

Apparently from the air you will be able to see the word Rockaway on the boardwalk. Not Far Rockaways, as a rep from Build It Back reportedly called the peninsula at the CB 14 meeting. Not Rockaways – although yes there is Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park.

But when was the last time you heard Rockaway Belle Harbor, Rockaway Neponsit, or Rockaway Arverne? Oh and it is not Rockaway’s as the sign welcoming people to downtown Far Rockaway reads.

Yes, I know I am being picky. And yes, I admit that after almost 10 years I just recently caught the way the sign reads. Actually I really like that sign.

But if we can’t get it right how do we expect those who get it wrong to take us seriously when we correct them?

So remember – it is Rockaway and your new boardwalk will open in 2017. Class dismissed.

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