Dylan Smith Paddle Out



Dylan Smith hated being called a hero, but that’s exactly what he was. On June 23, his family, friends and the surfing community of Rockaway will once again pay their respects to a young man who left this earth far too soon as they hold the Dylan Smith Paddle Out. Smith was an avid surfer and a lifeguard. When Superstorm […]

Ferry Finally Revealed



Months of speculation came to a head on June 16, when the city finally released detailed renderings of the ferry. According to officials, the plans for Citywide Ferry Service include 19 vessels— operated by Hornblower Cruises & Events—who will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes, docking at 21 different landings throughout New York City. “The […]

RBVL Back from the Dead



The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League played their second week of game action on Wednesday and the weather was pretty nice by Riis Park standards, featuring a warm temperature and moderate winds. After two weeks, only two teams out of 78 have not won a game and only one team remains undefeated. And you’ll find out who they are at the […]

Takedown In Redfern



The NYPD arrested 22 alleged drug dealers in the early morning on June 15 in a bust expected to cut at the core of a gang known as “the Rowdy Boys,” a group that law enforcement says is a prominent source of drug-based violence in Far Rockaway’s Redfern Houses. Since November 2015, undercover cops have been coming and going from […]

Right Side Of The Rock Is Ready



The Wave attended the Rockaway Republicans event at The Belle Harbor Yacht Club on June 14 to meet the candidates who will be running to represent Rockaway in November. As The Wave details in this week’s front page story, “Revving Up For A Race,” the Rockaway Republicans think it’s time for a change in how Rockaway is governed. Alan Zwirn, […]

Father’s Day Egg Creams



Dear Editor: On June 19 we celebrate Father’s Day. Having spent the first 20 years of my life in Arverne—Beach 68th Street—I often think of how my dad and I shared egg creams, Halvah, chick peas/arbus, and the rides in Playland. Oh, those egg creams… Mel Brooks said, “The egg cream is psychologically the opposite of circumcision. It pleasurably reaffirms […]

You’re Here Now, Mr. Johnson



Dear Editor: Here’s my two cents. The day I read Mr. Steven Johnson’s letter to The Wave I was bike riding through the municipal parking lot on Beach 116th Street. I saw a man in his underwear changing from the beach and getting ready for his car ride back home. I grew up on Beach 88th Street and have too […]

Winning With JUMP



Girls at Rockaway’s JUMP Dance Studio truly stepped up to the challenge at the 2016 Performing Arts Competition hosted by That’s Entertainment (TE), winning several awards and also being nominated for a costume award and entertainer of the year. After their winning streak, they were invited to the TE Elite Team and are prepared to “take over” the nationals. “JUMP […]

CB14’s Education Committee Under Fire



Local residents and Community Board 14 members are questioning the Youth Services/Education Committee of the Queens Community Board 14 about what some call an absence of information created by the committee. Two mothers of students at P.S. 317 Waterside Children’s Studio School signed up to speak at Tuesday’s CB14 meeting which was held at the Rockaway Knights of Columbus Hall […]

Meet Rockaway’s First PEP Captain



Captain Elizabeth Gallagher exchanges a brief word with a man walking his dog down the boardwalk. The man then strolls off the strip, dog in tow. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, dogs are banned from the boardwalk and beach. Unfortunately, not all beachgoers have versed themselves in the voluminous regulations of the Parks Department. Now, as the Park Enforcement […]