Arverne East Groundbreaking

New Development Is ‘A Huge Step Toward Revitalization’

After 10 years of planning, a recession, and Superstorm Sandy, ground was finally broken on the first building – called Beach Green North – of the Arverne East project. The development, located on Beach 45th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will consist of 101 units of mixed housing, including studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. These will be affordable to […]

Comrade And Classmate: Remembering Justin Zemser

Some 60 classmates of Justin Zemser came to pay their respects to him on Saturday, Nov. 21. They had come to New York by bus from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Under a shifting sky of sun and clouds and a chilly Rockaway wind, they stopped at Zemser’s memorial at the edge of the field at the Beach […]

A Hero From Arverne

Correction Officer Daniel Leites, who lives in Arverne, was honored by Mayor Bill de Blasio recently at a City Hall Ceremony for saving the life of a woman with Alzheimer’s who had wandered into traffic near the Queens Mall. Leites, was off duty when he spotted Joanne Velasquez, wandering near the Queens Center mall on Nov. 16,at around 9:30 p.m. […]

Making The Season Bright

As Thanksgiving leftovers are neatly wrapped up, and November turns to December, a host of new holiday celebrations are popping up in Rockaway and Broad Channel. Here are a few. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Broad Channel Christmas Tree Lighting will start at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s Memorial Field at 125 Cross […]

Chicken Or The Egg

Community boards across the city have rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing rezoning proposals, including Community Board 14. After the Queens Borough Board voted to disapprove the proposals, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz issued a statement “Our current mass transit system — including subways, buses and Access-A-Ride — is simply insufficient in reliability, frequency and reach to warrant stripping […]


Second Hand Death

Dear Editor: The threat of secondhand smoke in apartments is real as apartments share common ventilation systems that spread the second hand smoke throughout the building into each and every apartment. Secondhand smoke causes 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer. This does not include all the other health issues caused by smoking and secondhand smoke. So by protecting the rights […]

A Misguided Editorial

Dear Editor: Your editorial is misguided. The problem is similar to noise pollution but worse. You don’t have the right to disturb your neighbor’s peace by blasting music and jabber at all hours of the day and night. Similarly, any resident’s right to smoke does not include the right to poison one’s neighbors. It is impossible to keep secondhand smoke […]

It’s About Control

Dear Editor: This isn’t about public health; it’s about government controlling yet another aspect of our personal lives. It will not be long before they mandate what we eat and not eat. After all, if we’re not healthy, it’s not the person’s problem but society’s problem. Using that logic, personal liberty and individual responsibility are just quaint ideas that have […]

A Shocker

Dear Editor, Regarding The Wave’s editorial on Nov. 20 (An Invasion of Privacy), why is anyone surprised that the federal government is trying to control a legal activity in a private home? It doesn’t matter whether it’s a homeless shelter or a mansion, there are some things that the government shouldn’t have a say in. I don’t smoke, and I […]