The Hero Of Rockaway


The Choice Is Crowley

Community media is not immune to the general public’s perception that there is little — if any — difference between the given week’s editorial position and the newspaper’s reportage. So when a newspaper makes an endorsement, many assume it is because of party affiliation or some other agenda-driven issue. At The Wave, we don’t usually do endorsements. In fact, we’ve […]

Designer In The City

Ultimate Beach Carts

      Hello Beautiful Rockaway! We all know the familiar schlep to the beach. Complete with chairs, umbrellas, towels, coolers, toys, you name it-it’s coming. Throw in ninety-eight degree weather and the last thing anyone wants to do is make a trip back home, especially after you have landed in your respective “fun in-the sun” beach spots. Enter the […]

Gypsea Sails Back Into Business

After a difficult hiatus due to the NY mandated COVID shutdown, the Beach 72nd Street-based charter fishing boat Gypsea is taking to the sea once again, and they’re looking forward to another summer bringing Rockaway residents to the best bass and fluke grounds in the area. “April and May are two of the busiest months of the season, and the […]

A Quarter Century Of Leadership

Theresa Andersen, Beloved Principal at St. Rose of Lima, Retiring

Being an educator was never a question for Theresa Andersen. But after more than four decades devoted to a profession she loved, the principal at St. Rose of Lima wistfully announced her retirement.  “It wasn’t an easy decision,” said the seasoned administrator. “I’ve loved my time here but now it’s time to move on.”  Andersen, who has been at the […]

Kooks Beware

Local surfers say “mobile surf shop” is bad news

If traveling around the boardwalk around Beach 67th Street and Beach Front Road, just east of Shore Front Parkway, you may have noticed two unmarked white vans sitting with their engines off, tailgates open, and with stacks of surfboards within. While these vans do not have any sort of business signage, The Wave has learned the vans are property of […]

An Oasis In A Food Desert

RYTF looking to expand its mission in Far Rockaway

Nestled into a half-acre lot on the corner of Beach 58th Street and Beach Channel Drive sits the Rockaway Youth Task Force Community Garden, a burgeoning green space that for the last half-decade has provided fresh, organic produce for dozens of families in the surrounding area. Earlier this year, the RYTF was given the green light to access to a […]

Holy Water In My Scotch

In Suzanne Boylston Cusack’s debut novel, “Holy Water in My Scotch: From Despair to Hope,” the Far Rockaway native shares the story of her personal battle with alcoholism and her long road to recovery. This all-consuming work carries readers through Cusack’s upbringing on Long Island in the 1950s, the relationship with her parents, and her path back to success after […]

Far Rock Recovering

Centers Health Care reports zero COVID patients for the first time since the pandemic began

Far Rockaway has had an alarming number of COVID-19 positive patients since the pandemic broke out in early March.  Labeled one of the deadliest zip codes by The New York Times, the 11691 community had at one point reported more than 700 cases in a week at the height of its spread.  Now, more than three months since New York […]

A Dog’s Best Friend

Rockaways’ very own ‘animal whisperer’, Christine Drakatos, dedicates her days driving through the peninsula rescuing Rockaway’s neglected, sick, and abused animals.  Drakatos founded B.R.A.T. Rescue in 2008 as a non-profit rescue project aimed at saving animals by providing food, shelter, and medical care to any strays or abandoned pets in the area. Since the start of her project, Drakatos has […]