It must be summer. A woman was spotted carrying a surfboard out of The Storage Place on Beach 88th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Rockaway people can be endlessly inventive in pursuit of a goal. Friends of Rockaway Beach and ferry booster Eddie Pastore put out this unique call to arms last week: “We are asking everyone to call 311 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday. June 19. Tell the operator that you want the mayor to put the money in the budget for year-round ferry service to and from Rockaway seven days a week. If we don’t get the money in the budget by the end of this June our ferry will be gone in October. Forever.”
More than 100 people attended the opening reception for the new gallery, Topless, at Beach 90th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Saturday, June 21. It was a very interesting mix of individuals.
There are two prominent dips in the road since work began on the bay wall, along Beach Channel Drive near Beach 124th Street. For more than a year, neighbors say, whenever a cement mixer or dump truck hits one of those holes, the sonic boom rattles their windows, knocks items off their walls and is causing cracks in their foundation. Maybe someone could think about just filling those holes?
Rockaway doesn’t end at the shoreline. Many Rockaway and Broad Channel people are doing interesting things all over the city. Feel free to bring your passport, visit Brooklyn, Long Island and beyond. Catch a music performance, see an exhibition, follow a team. The possibilities are endless.
A sign on the corner of Beach 90th Street: “Skip the subway. Stay for more than a day.” The new Rockaway Beach Boarding House advertises “50 Cozy Dorm Beds” and “Shared Kitchen and Bath”. “Have Fun. Sleep Well.”
Rockaway may not have Victoria’s Secret, but now that summer is here there will be surfers changing in and out of wetsuits all over the peninsula.
Friends of Tribute Park sent an email: “The annual Sunset in the Park fundraiser scheduled for July 18th, and published in last week’s Wave, has now been postponed until next year. Many of our residents and sponsors are still recovering from the disastrous effects of Superstorm Sandy, and the Friends of Tribute Park Inc. board feels that no additional financial burdens should be incurred in the community at this time. Check the website for updates and announcements at: www.rockawaytributepark.org. Anyone interested in making a donation may do so through the website or via mail to: Friends of Tribute Park, P.O. 940214, Rockaway Beach, NY 11694.”
Get a current copy of the Museum of the City of New York’s journal, the City Courant. There you’ll find “Sun, Sand And Community- The Boardwalk At Rockaway” a visual essay by filmmaker Jennifer Callahan. Callahan’s documentary “The Bungalows of Rockaway” is soon to be followed with a new film, “Rockaway- After The Storm.”
State Senator James Sanders got a roar of applause at the free O’Donohue Park Motown concert when he said “We should have this every week!” “Okay,” he said, “we’ll settle for every other week.”
At the same event, Councilman Donovan Richards intriguingly announced that “the new city budget will have great things for Rockaway.” (Richards and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sponsored the concert.
West End Realty’s Paul Garcia called to advise that the vintage planes spotted over Fort Tilden were actually 1940’s T-6, two-seater, training planes. Garcia, who works with the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) at Floyd Benett Field, said “The reason they have lasted so long is because pilots loved them.”
A mistrial has been declared in the case of State Senator Malcolm Smith. Stay tuned for more details.
The New York Post has declared Rockaway the hippest place to be this summer. The New York Daily News has declared the Broad Channel station to have the most crime in the NYC subway system. Take your pick. Was that a workman at the door of the long-closed Dunkin Donuts near the former Peninsula Hospital site?
Stop moving the beach. Last weekend beachgoers could be seen trudging along looking for a where the beaches were open. Families spent time dragging along towels, coolers and kids, when all they really wanted was a nice day at the beach. Anyway, can’t up to the minute beach closings be posted somewhere, even online, in advance?
Have you been to the top of historic Battery Harris at Fort Tilden? You can get a 360 view of the ocean, the bay, Brooklyn, Manhattan and all of Rockaway.
Rockaway was colorfully represented by musicians Indaculture, artist Geoff Rawling and the crew aboard the “Rockaway Polar Vortex” float at Brooklyn’s annual Mermaid Day Parade.
Photographer Larry Oliver is concerned that with thousands of traffic and parking tickets being issued every week (and let’s not forget the tolls and awful roads), people might decide it’s just not worth it to come to Rockaway. Push too hard and you can kiss those summer business dollars goodbye.
Note: The new speed cameras and aggressive enforcement blitz is not being done by the 100 Precinct or NYPD. It is entirely a project of the NYC DOT. Inquiries should be directed to Queens DOT Commissioner Dailia Hall’s office at 212-839-2510.
On Saturday, July 5, from 12 to 5 p.m., Friends of Rockaway will be shooting for a record by creating the world’s largest chalk and pastel mural. ‘Colors of Rockaway’ will kick off at 213 Beach 88th Street just off Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Be there!
Get ready for the Rockaway Renaissance of art. Dual exhibition openings at YANA and Cuisine by Claudette on July 5 and the great big Rockaway! kickoff at Fort Tilden this Sunday, June 29.
Stomp your feet, set your jaw, refuse to budge one inch…and the world will continue to move forward under you anyway.