Affordable For Whom?

Mayor Announces Housing Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a massive, 10-year, $41 billion plan to boost affordable housing within the next decade and with a push from local politicians, Arverne East could be one of the first local areas to see it implemented. In his Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, the mayor hopes the city will be able to build […]

The End Of The Circle



It’s the end of an era for what some consider to be a Rockaway landmark. The Irish Circle will be closing its doors permanently this weekend. After falling victim to bankruptcy, the restaurant and bar is now owned by New York Community Bank, which foreclosed on the property. Owner Jerry Perich has until May 15 to vacate the property. The […]

Stringer To Hold Sandy Town Hall In Arverne



York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will hold a Sandy Oversight town hall meeting at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Earlier this month, Stringer and several of his deputies and key staff held a similar meeting in Breezy Point. More than 200 people attended from Rockaway, Broad Channel, other parts of Queens and Brooklyn. […]

Who’s Who

Dr. Kelli Donohue Tirado, President & Founder of Rockaway WISH

Tell us about yourself I am a lifelong resident of Rockaway – born and raised. My parents, Michael and Patricia Donohue, were also raised in Rockaway and still live in the apartment in Dayton Towers West that I grew up in. From a young age, my parents taught me to be caring and thoughtful and they modeled this behavior by […]

Good Luck Kev



For the past 16 months Kevin Boyle has been the eyes and ears of Rockaway. His weekly banter and tongue-in-cheek humor kept us laughing, even when times were tough. His investigative reporting, his nose for news, his insistence for the truth, and his in your face style has not only kept us informed about the issues surrounding our past, present […]

Affordable For Whom



Affordable sounds so good. Everyone wants their housing to be more affordable whether it’s lower water and tax bills for homeowners or rents for tenants. With Mayor de Blasio releasing a plan to build and preserve 200,000 affordable units over the coming decade it’s time to ask a couple of questions: What exactly is affordable housing? And affordable for whom? […]

Cigar’s The Crime



Dear Editor: The “disgusting and disrespectful” behavior, cited by Ed Shevlin in the Veterans Circle, is not the new name or the dog feces. It is Mr. Shevlin’s smoking a cigar in the park. The disgusting reek of his cigar (much worse than that of cigarettes) pervades the whole park. He is disrespectful of the other people, especially children, who […]

Stamp Of Disapproval



Dear Editor: No wonder the Post Office is losing money. Here’s my story. Back in the middle of March I sent a check to my auto insurance carrier to pay my premium. I had my ID cards and policy and thought I was okay until I received a Suspension Notice from the Motor Vehicle Bureau to turn in my plates […]

New Designs For Earth Day



Recently the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) partnered with the Van Alen Institute to have young people work on a creative design project to be featured at this year’s Earth Day Rockaway event. Through an organic and evolving process, RWA, along with other community organizations including the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF), came up with creative ideas for design projects which […]

Giardina Shares His Art



Artist, mixed media painter and art teacher James Giardina will be sharing his works and talking about his art on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. Giardina, a resident artist at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, will be speaking as a special guest of the Rockaway Artists Alliance at their T-7 Gallery in Fort Tilden. Having started exhibiting with a diverse […]