If Howard Beach had its own Facebook page, it would perhaps not come as a surprise if its relationship status were “It’s complicated.”
In it’s relatively short, turbulent history, the neighborhood has experienced some of the worst of nature’s elements — and has also been forced to contend with some of man’s own nuisances.
Poet Walt Whitman may have summed it up best: “I have reason to bless the breeze that wafted me to Whitestone.”
Whitman taught school in the community in the winter of 1840 through the next spring, focusing on local history and journalism. And although he decried the “money-making spirit” in Whitestone, he loved the water views: “We are close on the sound. It is a beautiful thing to see the vessels, sometimes a hundred or more, all in sight at once, and moving so gracefully on the water.”
The puck will drop again soon in Rockaway.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Tuesday that the reconstruction of the Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink at Beach 109th Street and Shore Front Parkway, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, will begin this fall. The project will be funded by $600,000 in capital funding secured by Ulrich.
A little more than six months after Hurricane Sandy, several dozen Rockaway residents stood in the cold spring rain at Beach 95th Street and Shore Front Parkway to protest.
From their vantage point, they were able to see right out into the ocean. Any rougher weather and where they stood would have been underwater.
The lifeguards, swimmers, surfers, sun worshipers, joggers and sand castle architects have all made their way back to Rockaway Beach less than 10 months after Hurricane Sandy, and, judging from most accounts, they’re having one heck of a good time.
In fact, Domenic Boero, manager of Ripper’s, said the concession stand at Beach 86th Street, now in its third season, has been busier than ever.
Along Atlantic Avenue, straddling the border between Ozone Park and Woodhaven, young boys on skateboards jump over brick embankments and slide down stair railings on a quiet Sunday morning.
But don’t worry, they're not bothering anyone. In fact, they are allowed to do it here.
Rockaway residents gathered in the rain at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94th Street to demand the city pay as close attention to protecting neighborhoods from future storms as it has on rebuilding concession stands at the beach.
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After a long winter indoors, it’s fairly common that a bad case of cabin fever will set in.
But never fear, no matter where you are in Queens, you’re not too far from the shore. And the communities on the oceanfront want everyone to know that they are back in business — or at least close to it — after the devastating blow they took from Hurricane Sandy.
Even before Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaways were a new frontier for the city’s arts community. The storm, which devastated the peninsula, has not stopped that. If anything, it may have only piqued the interest of that community.
In the days, weeks and even months after the storm, the city’s arts community reached out and helped in the recovery process, including bringing water, food and supplies to the peninsula and helping gut homes and businesses destroyed by the surge.
Thanksgiving meals were distributed by the staff of Flushing House to residents of Dayton Towers on Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach, as well as local law enforcement, FEMA employees and other volunteers.
The three-building apartment complex, which is home to hundreds of Rockaway families, had been without electricity and heat since Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 29.
Hurricane Sandy claimed another Queens victim this past weekend.
Albert McSwain, 77, died Saturday night at Jamaica Hospital. He succumbed to injuries he sustained 12 days earlier during the hurricane.
Tony Laino was riding out Hurricane Sandy where most of Queens did outside the evacuation zone — at home.
He died there.
The Board of Elections has moved a number of polling places in Queens due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The affected areas include Howard Beach, Jamaica and the Rockaways. The board also urges people to check the poll locator on its website, vote.nyc.ny.us, to confirm poll sites before going to vote. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Driving down the ramp toward Shore Front Parkway off the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, it is common to catch the red light at the end of the ramp before the Rockaway Freeway.
But the view from the stop light has changed. Now, the view is uninterrupted straight to the ocean.
Western Queens as a whole weathered Hurricane Sandy without too much damage, residents said.
A few trees and lots of branches came down; Gantry Plaza State Park was flooded, but the water subsided by Tuesday afternoon; LaGuardia Airport also filled to the brim and didn’t open until 7 a.m. on Thursday; but nevertheless most of the lights stayed on and no fatalities were reported in the area.
A young Nassau County cop is dead, allegedly gunned down after pulling over a man involved in a hit-and-run accident. The shooter is accused of then carjacking and killing an innocent motorist before leading the police on a door-to-door manhunt, which ended after the assailant tried to commit suicide.
Police Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, a member of the county’s Emergency Service Unit, tried to pull over Darrell Fuller, 33, after he got into an accident on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, LI at around 10:45 a.m., sources said. He allegedly fled the scene and got onto the Cross Island Parkway. At around 11 a.m. Fuller stopped near a Mobil gas station on Jamaica Avenue, where he was approached by Lopez.