Here And Gone

Ferry Sails Into Rockaway Sunset

It started on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 5:40 a.m. and ended on Friday, Oct. 31, Halloween night 2014, at 8:45 p.m. The Rockaway Ferry, which was instituted just after Hurricane Sandy and carried tens of thousands of passengers, ended its run just short of its two-year anniversary. Aboard the Athena, the final Seastreak vessel to make the trip, a […]

Problems At Shelter Growing?



Given the victory of Rockaway’s elected officials in getting the proposed homeless shelter slated for Beach 8th Street scrapped, focus has shifted to the peninsula’s other shelter – housed at the former Daytop Village drug rehabilitation center. Complaints have ranged from panhandling in the surrounding neighborhood, the presence of unsupervised Level 3 sex offenders, and fears that incidents like the […]

Few Surprises On Election Day



There weren’t many surprises on Election Day locally, save the margin of victory for New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. Addabo, who has been in the Senate since 2008, after serving seven years on the City Council, fought off a surprising challenge by GOP candidate Mike Conigliaro, grabbing 19,770 votes to 16,138. “I greatly appreciate all the support […]

Locals ‘Held Hostage By Gun Violence’



With the number of violent incidents sharply escalating over this week, Council Member Donovan Richards and State Senator James Sanders Jr. are joining forces for an Emergency Safety Meeting. “We are being held hostage by gun violence,” exclaims the notice for the meeting, which will be held at the Macedonia Baptist Church at 330 Beach 67th St., Arverne, on Thursday, […]

Sandy-Ravaged Gym Re-opens



Two years ago, the flood waters from Superstorm Sandy completely destroyed the gym at the Beach 41st Street Community Center. After months and months of waiting and about $83,000 later, the gym was opened to those who need it the most — the area’s young people. On Oct. 24, Councilman Donovan Richards presided over another ribbon cutting to hand back […]

Ferry Blinders



Like so many people, community leaders and elected officials not named Bill de Blasio, The Wave supported permanent ferry service for Rockaway. We ridiculed the latest extension as a “Band Aid Ferry Fix” (May 16), lambasted the mayor for his “Ferry Rally Run” (Aug. 29) and like the rest of the peninsula, hoped the “Ferry Hail Mary” (Oct. 24) would […]

Political Cartoon



Looking For Leaders



Dear Editor: The new Rockaway YMCA at Arverne By The Sea is currently in the process of forming its inaugural board of management. The Y is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Through a unique 50/50 partnership between staff and volunteers, the Y strives to provide access to quality programs and services to all members of the community. […]

Them’s Good Eats!



Dear Editor, Just wanted to send a short shout about “The Last Stop Gourmet” on Beach 116th Street, for those that have not yet discovered this gem of a restaurant. Run by Carlos and Lupe, who are two of the friendliest owners in town, they continue to make any visit extremely enjoyable besides cooking delicious food for all tastes. All […]

All Politics Is Local



Dear Editor: Our politicians have failed us when we’ve needed them the most. Oh, they honor centenarians on their 100th birthdays by giving them a proclamation and a flag; but, they can’t get us a boardwalk made of boards as Chris Christie got for his Jersey Shore, twice. We can’t even get one once. Sure local pols talk the talk […]