New Year’s Plunge!

They do it every year. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of people in Rockaway gather on beaches up and down the peninsula. Throwing aside coats, hats, bulky robes, scarves and sweats, they shout out a brief countdown. Then at exactly 12 noon they run, whooping and yelling, down the beach and into the surf. “Don’t cheat! Take your clothes off!” […]

Cops Seek Hit & Run Driver

A hit-and-run driver is on the loose after hitting two women, and police are looking for witnesses to nab the person who sped away from the Beach 129th Street crime scene. “I thought I was going to die. I never thought you could be hit by such a big truck and survive,” said 64-year-old Elizabeth, who was taken to the […]

Road Closed

By order of the Department of Traffic, a two block section of Beach Channel Drive was closed in both directions by late morning of Thursday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. The section, from Beach 108th Street to Rockaway Freeway, was shut down due to severe street buckling and cracking. Orange barrels were put up blocking both ends of the section, […]

It’s Time To Go Dunkin’ in FR

Call it strange, unusual, or just plain reassuring, but the long-anticipated opening of the new Dunkin’ Donuts in the Far Rockaway Shopping Center has finally arrived. Right before the New Year, the new store — in the building phase for a year and a half – opened with no fanfare. It is the first new establishment since Food Dynasty replaced […]

New Year’s Baby 2016

Rockaway’s newest addition, and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s first recorded baby of the new year, arrived on New Year’s Day, Friday. Jan. 1. At 1:15 a.m., Shakira Faison delivered baby girl Skylar, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, by cesarean section. St. John’s Hospital reports that mother, dad Ian Fludd, and child are doing well.

Falling Through The Cracks

Here we are, just week into 2016 and already, two city agencies are picking up right where they left off 2015. Beach Channel Drive is a mess, and the Department of Transportation is doing its usual disappearing act. On June 6, 2014, local resident Ed Gormley was walking along Beach Channel Drive and noticed large cracks in the street along […]


Ferry New Year

Dear Editor: I write this letter in response to the Nov. 30, 2015 article in Crains New York entitled “Ferry fight pits hometown waterway services against West Coast rival.” As a Rockaway resident and ferry/transportation advocate for the past 20 years, I was disappointed to read that Seastreak was not even mentioned as a contender for the Rockaway-Brooklyn-Manhattan (RBM) ferry […]

Law Of The Land

Dear Editor: You can write all the fancy, eyecatching editorials you want but if Rockaway continues to violate the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972, nothing is going to change because it can’t change. You speak of Arverne by the Sea. That project is in complete violation of the CZMA. The main ingredient in the CZMA is that you […]

Thank You, Wave

Dear Editor: I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for another year of The Wave newspaper. You have served this community for many years with all kinds of news. Your staff goes above and beyond for the readers of this community and many others also. Another year has gone by, but I know that 2016 will […]