2014-04-18 / Columnists


We often hear how Build It Back reps confuse things and everybody in the process. Now that offers for reimbursement and rebuilding are being made we think it’s a good idea to tape conversations. A lot of mobile phones have recording devices or you can download an app. Nothing wrong with telling the rep that you really want to understand the options so you’ll be recording the conversation. We can’t think of a reason why they’d object.

Rachelle Legions has been selected to be the new principal at PS 106, the troubled school that made headlines for having a bossy, often-absent principal. Well, it’s not easy taking on an incumbent – even when the incumbent is often missing in action like Michele Titus. Felicia Johnson of Community Board 14 tells us she has filed and is taking on the challenge. Good for her!

The photo of uniformed police on the front page of this week’s Wave was first put on our Facebook page. The stunning line-up struck quite a chord as the picture was shared so often it had more than 60,000 views.

Shhhh…we hear fishing is going on at Fort Tilden. It’s kinda, sorta open after NPS removed large chunks of debris from the beach and Shore Road. Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller, paid The Wave a visit on Wednesday (and unlike what we’ve seen from another well-known elected official—he arrived early). He says he’ll be assigning top teams to scrutinize how the city is spending Build It Back money. His office plans on meeting with locals to hear about their experiences. Stay tuned.

The City Council is hosting a town hall on the mayor’s Vision Zero pedestrian safety plan next Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. at La Guardia Community College. We hope all members drive to the meeting and don’t top 25 mph so they can appreciate what a ridiculous limit that is. They want to try that limit near schools? Sure. But not on every street! Oh, and maybe part of Vision Zero will be an education campaign. Don’t you just love when people cross the street, cell phone to their face, unable to see nearby traffic?

Yes there is a new street sign, near PS 43 at Beach 28th and Beach 29th. It’s called Sandy Road. That’s the official name, according to Dan Brown, who reps for Melinda Katz. The street got its name before a certain storm made its mark.

Last week the Park Theater on Beach 116th Street was featured on the front page for being a crumbling dump. Muriel Stemmann, one of our favorite collaborators, wrote in to say she had great memories of the theater. Somewhat ironically, we think, she said one of the last movies she saw there was “Death Wish.” Anyway, as long as the current owners let it rot, the movie theater won’t produce fond memories for anyone anytime soon.

The HEART of Rockaway (The Hospitality and Entertainment Association for Restaurants and Taverns), in Rockaway Beach, which ran a fantastic sampling crawl in the fall is planning a spring version on Sunday, May 4. Get your taste buds ready – it’s a great day. More details in the coming weeks.

Speaking of planning some fun, don’t forget to take a trip on the ferry. You’ll love the ride and help boost ridership numbers.

In late February we went online and filled out a question form on the Mayor’s website. We wanted to know if the mayor was coming to the St. Patrick’s Day Rockaway Parade on March 2. On April 16, we got a response: We have received your message regarding if the Mayor will march in the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are sorry to have missed it! The Mayor did March in the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade this year and it was great way to embrace all New Yorkers no matter their background.

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