2014-02-07 / Columnists

Looking Back

The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. But through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature. There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s…

What The Wave Said...

10 Years Ago...Many west end residents are up in arms over the city’s plan to place “No Parking” signs along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 126 Street to Beach 139 Street, the area where center malls were just constructed. City Councilman Joe Addabbo told The Wave that the president of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Barbara Larkin, had officially requested the signs on behalf of the community. With the dearth of parking spaces in that area already, particularly during the summer months, the new rules would work an undue hardship on those who rent apartments in the area, (including many senior citizens who will have to walk long distances to their parking spots), and do not have access to a driveway. The proponents of the new rules says that parking on that strip with only two lanes in each direction is dangerous, but opponents believe that the new rules are simply a way to get Belle Harbor to look more like Neponsit, which has had the malls and no parking restrictions for years.

The NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South command has a new commanding officer. The borough command controls both of the local police precincts and has an impact on policing on the peninsula. The new CO is Assistant Chief Thomas Dale, who has worked in Queens on numerous occasions. Dale replaces Chief Lawless, who had one of the more interesting names for a police official.

The street renaming in honor of James Conway Sullivan is slated for February 28 at noon. The site for the memorial ceremony, which will be hosted by City Councilman Joe Addabbo, is Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.


Years Ago... Two males became involved in a verbal altercation at the Seaside Subway Station at about 10:15 p.m. on January 29th. The argument quickly got out of hand and turned into a fight when one of the males pulled out a razor and began slashing the other.

Senator Andrew Jenkins, representing the Rockaways, has written to Anthony L. Watson, executive director of the Health Systems Agency of New York City in regard to Daytop Village. “The community of Far Rockaway opposes the location of a facility for ex-drug abusers” he said.

A passenger was injured when a shotgun blast blew out one of the windows on a Rockaway “CC” Train recently. The incident occurred at the Broad Channel station.

Many of the new thrill rides or innovative food items that you might enjoy at Rockaways Playland this year were examined last November in New Orleans. Amusement park President Peter Horowitz and vice president, Robert Demner, were among 7,000 industry representatives who attended an annual convention and trade show.

New York City has thrown up its hands over the Grumman Flexible bus situation. It seems millions of dollars were spent and Flexible has caused nothing but problems for the Transit Au+thority. The buses seem to spend more time in the repair shop than on the streets. We can sympathize with the city. No one likes to make an investment like that and not be able to use what has been purchased.

Dr. Peter Galvin has passed the American Board of Internal Medicine certifying examination. Galvin has joined Dr. Berge Tutundjian in the practice of general internal medicine.

40 Years Ago...

Alerations to two stores in the Far Rockaway shopping center are underway as the National Bank of North America prepares new quarters for its Far Rockaway office which are expected to open there in about a month.

Battle lines are being drawn again. This time the opposition may be the NYC Off-Track Betting Corporation which will seek the approval of the Community Planning Board to open a branch office this spring on the west side of Beach 116 Street near Newport Avenue.

The rifle range that is scheduled to be built in the PIX Theater building is coming under fire itself. Some residents don’t like the idea of a gun club.

Although they restricted gasoline sales to two dollars’ worth per customer last week, the majority of local stations closed on Saturday, resuming the restricted sales on Monday.


Years Ago...Three juveniles of tender age were nabbed by the cops last week for purse-snatching, indicating that tender age does not necessarily mean tender-hearted.

Far Rockaway residents are now casting about for ways to provide an arcade from Central Avenue to Beach 21 Street in the vicinity of the municipal parking field. Some say this might be a $10,000 item.

The Triborough Bridge Authority has installed a coin collector at one of the Broad Channel tollgates for those drivers who have the exact change, but it’s not marked plainly enough and drivers still approach the collector without having the exact change available.

Rabbi Arthur Neulander and Mrs. Neulander were tendered a party in honor of his tenth anniversary as rabbi of Congregation Darchay Noam, in Bayswater.


Years Ago... Improvements on property in the area between Beach 75 and Beach 87 Streets, referred to as a “slum” section since welfare recipients began pouring into the Rockaways, are pending decision on the proposed Title 1 Project for the Rockaways. About $100,000 would be spent, according to members of the Rockaway Beach Property Owners and Civic Association.

An application for re-zoning of the area from Beach 130 to Beach 141 Streets from the ocean to the bay front from an E-1 to at G-zone restricted to one-family houses in future construction will be considered by the City Planning Commission.

Rockaways Playland is now open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays – all year round. Come and ride the famous coaster, which appears in Cinerama now on Broadway.

Before the largest and most enthusiastic crowd to attend a Republican gathering in the Rockaways in several years, officers of the Republican Club were inducted by Republican County Leader Frank Kenna recently at the Park Inn Hotel.

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