Fire on Beach 130th

A blaze on the bayblock of Beach 130th left the business corridor on neighboring Beach 129th Street covered in smoke and several people scrambling from their home this morning, as members of the FDNY fought to contain the blaze. According to several residents, the building was a dorm for the neighboring Jewish school, and the fire was believed to have […]

Itty Bitty City Kitties

Itty Bitty City Kitties

When Samantha Knox moved to New York City from her native Southern California, she planned to make her living in the entertainment industry. As life unfolded and plans changed, however, so too did her ambitions, and now the recent Rockaway resident has found a new calling in life – rescuing the many homeless and abandoned cats living throughout our peninsula. […]

Flying The Rockaway Flag At Boro Hall

Queens Beep Donovan Richards welcomes The Wave and “an important flag for Rockaway”

Newly-elected Queens Borough President Donovan Richards welcomed The Wave to Queens Borough Hall this week, as we presented him “The People’s Beach” flag, designed by Rockaway Artist Brent Gentile and voted on by The Wave’s readership. Richards, who represented Rockaway on the City Council from March 2013 until this 2020, was the first Black man elected Queens Borough President on […]

No Luck For The Irish

Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled

As we all went through the holiday season, there was some slight hope that March 6, the date for this year’s Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade could be the first “normal day” in Rockaway in 2021.  For those of us who always look for the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, we hoped that much like the […]

Private Fitness Studio Opens in Rockaway

Goodform offers physical conditioning during COVID

  COVID-19 has released a tide of entrepreneurship through Rockaway, and such is true with Monice Small, lead trainer and owner of the fitness studio – Goodform. Prior to the pandemic, Small enjoyed her former position with the Rockaway Brewery while living locally with her husband. In March 2020 NYS unemployment claims increased by 2,600% and indeed, Small was part […]

Pizza With A Kick From An Unlikely Source


  Since 2013, Nicole Russell, creator of Last Dragon Pizza, has been slinging pies not from a full pizza kitchen, but rather her own small one in her Arverne home.  The child of West Indian immigrants, food was always a staple of Russell’s Rockaway childhood.    “We definitely gathered around food,” she said, “My mom always cooked…Even when she worked a […]

Shaeleigh Severino: Advocating For People And Not Acting Like a Politician

21-year-old Shaeleigh Severino might not be the tallest in the race for District 32, but the St. John’s University senior has some big ambitions should she be elected to City Council this year. The Ozone Park resident says she has a long history of advocacy throughout her life – her mother was a community organizer who taught her the strength […]

Addabbo Center’s Vega Named To City & State’s “Power 100”

Miriam Y. Vega, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc., (JPA) has been named to the City & State New York’s Health Power 100.  Each year, City & State’s NY Health Power 100 singles out those individuals – public officials, health care executives, advocates and activists, academics, and labor leaders – who are the […]

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What’s Next For Dustin Poirier?

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier issued Conor McGregor his first ever knockout loss at UFC 257 this weekend, avenging his defeat at the hands of the Irishman back in 2014 and leaving many to wonder what is next for the Boy from the Bayou.  Many fight fans began speculating that Poirier’s next bout should be against UFC 257’s other surprising star, […]