Mayor’s Plan For Rockaway

Shortly after Sandy rolled over New York, Mayor Bloomberg assembled a team to study the impacts of the storm and prepare a report that would address the challenges the city faces as rising sea levels and climate change inevitably shape the future. On June 14th, The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) team revealed a 438 page report titled […]

Rally Highlights Troubles At St. John’s

Carrying signs that read “Enough Is Enough,” “We Need A First Class Hospital 4 The Rockaways,” and “The Rockaways Deserve Better,” hospital workers, 1199 union representatives, local politicians and others gathered between Beach 19th Street and Beach 20th Street on Brookhaven Avenue for what organizers called an “informational picket” on Wednesday, June 26th. According to rally organizers the issues they […]

And The Dome Is Done

Red Cross Donates Big Money To Friends Of Rockaway

“Let’s go rebuild some homes!” That’s what Friends of Rockaway founder, Michael Sinensky exclaimed after the group received a large grant from the American Red Cross. The money will allow the Sandy relief group to rebuild dozens of homes while employing local unemployed residents. On Monday, June 24th, Friends of Rockaway (FOR) was presented with a $721,000 grant from the […]

Sandy Saints Help Broad Channel VFD

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) visited the students and staff of PS 165Q in Flushing, Queens on Wednesday, June 12th at 9 a.m. Students at the school had formed a philanthropic association dedicated to helping those affected by Sandy. The Sandy Saints were organized by students, parents and faculty of PS165Q. In co-operation with the Penny Harvest organization […]

Rockaway Needs A There There

New York City Parks says it still wants input on the boardwalk and other matters. Okay. A new boardwalk should have a there there. Yes, a there, there. Key West has Mallory Square, a place where hundreds of people gather each day before the sun sets. Tight rope walkers, jugglers, and comedic acrobats, all sorts of wonderful street performers show […]

Dome Adieu

The Dome is done. The extraordinary gift from MoMA PS1 and Volkswagen to the Rockaway community is being dismantled after this weekend. The Dome was set up with the hopes of being a cultural space and community center. It was that and more. Closing celebrations take place all day Sunday from noon on. There will be music and fun and […]

Ulrich: Stop And Pander

Dear Editor: Reading Councilman Eric Urlich’s column last week gave me pause for alarm. Is my district really being represented by someone who seems to have a hard time understanding basic constitutional rights? You’ll have to forgive me, but I should probably add that a little common sense might come in handy as well the next time the councilman decides […]

Some Love For The New Beach Things

Dear Editor: There is a rumor in Rockaway that EVERYONE hates the new bathrooms and lifeguard stations. This is not true. Following are some reasons why we like the new structures: Thousands of people visit the beaches every summer. We are trying to promote new business, including those that sell food and drink. Which brings us to point 2… Enclosed […]

Protection At What Price?

Dear Editor: It’s a given that after Sandy, our community will need to make some lifestyle sacrifices to improve protection against the next big storm. But after listening to a presentation about the dune forests that will be tested in Rockaway Beach, I am left wondering how much of our beach must we sacrifice to satisfy our concerns, the insurance […]