Thursday, July 23, 2015

The High Tide (Rockaway Times)

The High Tide

Some of you asked where Between The Bridges was last week.  That’s the column about Broad Channel but worldly, too, written by Peter Mahon. You’ll love this week’s piece and give him a pass for taking off a week.
You know who doesn’t get enough credit for making surfing something for everyone: New York Surf School.  Wanna give it a try?  Contact Frank Cullen at or at Boarders Surf Shop at Beach 92nd Street.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich sent a letter to the President and board of directors of Jamaica Hospital urging them to remove Trump’s name from the Nursing & Rehabilitation Pavilion building. Ulrich serves as Chairman of the City Council Veterans Committee. “Donald Trump’s offensive rhetoric is a slap in the face to New York City’s veterans and their families, especially those who had been “captured” as former POWs. Since he announced his presidential bid, he has gone out of his way to offend immigrants, women and now veterans! His recent attack on Senator John McCain is downright despicable. He is not suited to be President of the United States and does not to deserve to have a hospital facility named after him.”  Ulrich posted this on Facebook and got a very mixed reaction. Some were in support but many said it was a free speech issue and others said the councilman could spend his time better by focusing on local issues.
As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1010 WINS is recognizing 50 small business owners who have made a positive impact on the New York City Metropolitan Area. This past Sunday, Tom Hughes, of Station Liquors on Beach 116th got recognized.
Think our streets need fixing?  Join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance on Friday, July 24, 6-8 PM in hitting the streets to map and identify areas that need repairs. The RWA invites all to join on foot or on bicycle.  Bring your smartphone with the NYC 311 app installed to map and snap photos of potholes. Contact for more info.
There’s another state park in Queens. In last week’s feature, Secrets of Rockaway, Bayswater State Park was said to be the only state park in Queens. Ain’t so. Gantry Plaza State Park, a 12-acre oasis in Long Island City, is another. A couple of readers let us in on that secret.  That story was quite popular online and we heard from Rockaway ex-pats across the country.
Traffic was epic last Sunday and so was the flow of people off subway stations in the Beach 90s.  Part of the reason the massive crowds came because it was the first really hot day and weathermen had to amp it up. Get to the beach or else was the message and throngs took the bait. The large crowds visited stores, too.  Places did big business. Some delis ran out of bread.  We hear a gas station ran out of gas!
Beach Flix is back! Bring a chair, towel or blanket and head down with the kids just after sundown to catch a movie. Beach Flix is hosted by the Rockaway Civic Association. We’ll have the schedule each week but starting the series off on Thursday, July 23 is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Beach 129th Street.  Next week, Thursday, July 30 is Fantastic Mr. Fox at Beach 106th Street.  PS: The movies are free.
Pro hockey is coming to Aviator Sports. Women’s pro hockey, that is.  The Riveters, part of a new four team league, will hit the ice in October.
Looks like it’ll be crowded at the beach again this weekend. A 40-mile bike ride, the Epic Ride, starting in Greenpoint and ending in Rockaway Beach is scheduled for Saturday, July 25.
Speaking of bike rides… the 2nd Annual Bike Ride for Autism and Juvenile Diabetes is set or Sunday, August 2.  The ride starts and ends in Howard Beach and follows “the loop” – the path that runs along the Belt Parkway and over both Rockaway bridges.  It’s about 20 miles. Register online at
For those of you who threw your hands up and walked away from Build It Back (mostly because of the SBA loan snafu) you might give it another chance.  Read Hank Iori’s breakdown and reasoning in this week’s Rockaway Times.

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