NYC To Rockaway: Drop Dead


On May 21, just days before the scheduled opening of Rockaway’s beaches, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitch Silver announced that because of “safety concerns,” the beaches from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street would be closed for the summer. “This is an insult to the thousands of residents who have been tirelessly fighting for sand on our beaches,” said Councilman […]

Let Your Rifles Rest

Descendants celebrate life and times of lost soldier 100 years later

On a weekend when we memorialize the many heroic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, The Wave looks back at the life of Private Patrick McKenna, who like many Irish immigrants of his day traveled into the unknown and put everything on the line for the flag of his new country. For more than 85 […]

Empowering Local Youth

Community mentor serving as an inspiring force in Far Rock and beyond

Ushering youngsters on the fast track to successful careers has become a life’s calling for a local teacher, who is introducing young men and women to an array of occupations in the entertainment sector and other fields through his Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts (FRCPA) center that has filled a significant void in the eastern portion of the peninsula. Emery […]

State’s ‘Red Tape’ Doomed Preschool Program


One frustrated teacher blasted the “red tape” bureaucracy that may result in the closure of On Our Way Learning Center in Far Rockaway. Esther Price and her coworkers have been lobbying local leaders to save the New York State-funded special education preschool program on Beach 19th Street. The Wave previously reported that it will be shut down on June 24 […]

Vandal, DV Perp Get Top Billing At 100th Pct Meet

Detective Sabrina Briales (center) was honored as the Cop of the Month for her work in arresting a suspect charged with domestic abuse. Also pictured are 100th Precinct Community Council President Joe Young (at far left) and the Special Operations Officer, Lieutenant Henry Daverin. An abbreviated 100th Precinct Community Council meeting, held Wednesday, May 23 at the Knights of Columbus […]

Celebrating 125 Years Of The Wave

Remembering John P. McGonigal

The Wave has always strived to hold dear the sacrifice its veterans have made for our country. In June, 2015, we received the following letter: Dear Editor:  This is a heartfelt thank you for remembering the sacrifice our soldiers have made through the years by honoring them with a parade and Memorial Day Mass at St. Francis de Sales. This […]

“I’m Exhausted”

A Build It Back Nightmare

One Rockaway family have been displaced for nearly two years after receiving a Build It Back (BIB) grant to elevate their home. LaToya Funderburk and her 63-year-old mother Cynthia have been in temporary accommodation for approximately one year and eight months since the project began on their 429 Beach 37th St. abode. AECOM Tishman, one of the city-selection construction firms, […]

Almost…But Not Quite

Locals oppose DOT traffic restriction on Beach 94th Street

A special Monday, May 21 Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) meeting at the Peninsula Library featured the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) unpopular proposal that would prevent local drivers from making a right-hand turn off Beach 94th Street going north. In presenting her agency’s list of proposals affecting general traffic, parking and safety concerns that most spectators were in agreement with, […]

Intersection Overhaul


The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed plans to improve intersection safety, increase pedestrian access and simplify the traffic flow in specific areas of the peninsula at a Community Board 14 Transportation committee meeting on May 22. DOT project manager Alice Friedman and the agency’s pedestrian project group presented two proposals, the first of which focused on pedestrian safety at […]

2018-05-25 E-Edition