2014-02-14 / Columnists


Schools are closed for the February break and you’re stuck at home with the kids? Well, here’s an idea – take the ferry to the city. It’s a great way to see the city and you and the kids help boost ridership. We need strong numbers to keep the ferry going. Bon voyage !

As far as this brutal winter goes, look at the bright side. It’s a good thing we didn’t have this winter last year, after Sandy. We’re pretty sure nobody would still be here!

There’s a new business that’s just popped up that makes us smile. Inspired by a cult classic movie, The Last Dragon (1985), Last Dragon pizza makes its specialty pies on Wednesdays and Fridays only. We’ll preserve some of the mystery so we’ll just say it’s old Arverne based and it’s pick up only. Quote from the movie: “Richie, when I first started my business people said I was weird, a black man with a pizza shop. Now there isn’t a hungry soul in this town that doesn’t know my slogan ‘Just directa your feetza, to Daddy Green’s pizza.’ ”

The Blackwater Inn, a Rockaway Beach Boulevard institution to some, has been sold. We hear renovations and a name change are coming.

The Guardian, a British based publication, listed top adventure holidays around the world, and, lo and behold, surfing in New York City made the Top 10. Boarders surf shop and Playland Motel were mentioned as the places to try.

We guess the expression “sounds like a broken record” will no longer make sense because no one plays records anymore but, well, we still feel like a broken record: Build It Back program is still a mess. The Broad Channel Civic is the latest group to voice its frustration citing how few people the program has helped. Read Eric Ulrich’s take on the program in this week’s Wave.

Well, if misery loves company, things don’t seem all that great in New Jersey either. Now residents are saying Governor Christy is “Wronger than the Storm.” He’s being blamed for doing nothing about Biggert-Waters, steering Sandy money the wrong way, and doing nothing for people trying to, pardon the expression, build back.

We received an alert that one of the sex offenders residing in Jay Deutchman’s building, the former Rockaway Park Hotel on Beach 116th Street, moved. But in the you-can’t-make-this-up category, the offender moved from Apartment #11 to Apartment #16. So says the Sex Offender relocation notice we got a look at. We look forward to when they relocate to Scarsdale, where Deutchman lives. Talking Transition was an initiative that “brought thousands of New Yorkers together to join open conversations about the most pressing public policy issues, ideas, and questions that affect communities across the city.” One of the findings was that people in Bed-Stuy are not happy. Forty-five percent of Bedford- Stuyvesant residents say that their ability to lead the life they want is “getting worse,” A pretty good number of our summer visitors are from Bed-Stuy. Maybe they’re looking for a happier place, like Rockaway?

Interested in schools and education issues? The District 27 Community Education Council is running a Town Hall with new Chancellor, Carmen Fariña. The event will be held Monday, February 24th from 6 – 7 p.m. at The Goldie Maple Academy, 65 Beach 56th Street, Arverne.

If your block could use some sprucing up, consider applying for a grant. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects. Groups also get assistance from NYC Parks, DOT, and Sanitation. Deadline is February 20th. To access the application or find out more information visit nyc.gov/service or citizensnyc.org

Tired of the sewer plant smell? Tired of calling 311 to complain? Here are a couple of hotline numbers that might have more of an impact: 1-800-457-7362 or 877-251-4575. It is suggested by our friends at the Fed level to get a case number. And the more calls, the better.

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