Taking Safety Seriously?

Silence from feds, city has locals worried

“I am concerned by the lack of urgency from the parks department and other city agencies that are allowing our neighborhood to remain in such immediate danger and willing to take such chances with the possible devastation of our boardwalk and surrounding neighborhoods.” – John Cori, The Wave, July, 20, 2012 Local activist John Cori – and many others – […]

Building A New Phase For St. John’s

With shovels in hand, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilman Donovan Richards and other officials ceremonially broke ground in August for a new building at 34-11 Beach Channel Drive. As the new structure rises, it will bring with it a new advancement for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, as SJEH representatives have announced that the hospital is close to signing a lease […]

Harbor Light Rebuild On Track

The grand reopening of a beloved local watering hole destroyed in Sandy may be months away, but Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder already has his pint glass in hand. On Jan. 7, Goldfeder met with the owners of Harbor Light Pub to tour the construction site and see firsthand the progress of recent weeks. “Harbor Light Pub is a Rockaway institution,” said […]

Bungalow Blaze

One of Rockaway’s beloved bungalows was engulfed in flames on Jan. 8, as firefighters responded to an early morning blaze on Beach 108th Street. The southbound lane of the street was blocked off for about an hour while firefighters battled the fire in one of the interior courts near Rockaway Beach Boulevard. There is no word yet on the total […]

Look Both Ways: New Signals At BCD

The NYC Department of Transportation will be switching the stop lights on the Beach Channel Drive detour intersections to flashing red signals. The same rules that apply for Stop signs will be in effect at both Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Freeway where they meet Beach Channel Drive. Though drivers will no longer have to wait for a green signal […]

Reality Sinking In?

The Wave is as excited about the resurgence of Rockaway as anyone. We regularly report on how tourism, business and quality of life issues are on the rebound. However, we also know that any rejuvenation is held back by several obvious realities; the most glaring being an erosion of protection. Local activist Eddy Pastore puts it best: “So much for […]


Thank You Phil Goldfeder

Dear Editor: I am a 90-year old, born and raised in Rockaway Beach. I’ve been reading The Wave for 80 years. My late husband, George was an NYPD officer in Rockaway. My roots are deep there. I worked with many agencies. After Hurricane Sandy, our home was badly damaged. We were displaced. We’ve worked with the Build it Back Program […]

When Will They Hear Us

Dear Editor: Continuing to add sand to our beaches, which gets washed away, is not an option, just a band aid. We all have been asking, actually begging for jetties to be put in place and in the right place. The Army Corps of Engineers knows what is needed, but it comes down to spending the money. Yes, that money […]

MTA Math Doesn’t Add Up

Dear Editor: There is more to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit will increase rehabilitation for subway stations to a state of good repair by 10 or 50 percent from originally 20 planned in the proposed MTA Five Year 2015 – 2019 Capital Plan. The original $34 billion plan announced on Oct. 24, […]