Friday, July 25, 2014
I spoke with Fern Weinreich, the assigned Community Construction Liaison for the pending Flood Mitigation Project (new bulkhead and street raising) for West 12th Road earlier today and she provided me with the following update on the progress of the project.
1. The Community Construction Liaison's office will be relocating from Far Rockaway to 59 West 12th Road (last house on the right side at the bay end of the block) in early August.
2. Bulkhead construction on West 12th Road should start in mid to late August. Prior notification will be made to all residents in advance of the actual start date.
3. At this time, the contractor is unsure of his ability to ingress and egress construction equipment safely on West 12th Road so residents should be aware that there is a possibility we may have to relocate to the displaced parking spaces on Cross Bay Boulevard when bulkhead work starts on West 12th Road.
4. If displaced parking on Cross Bay Boulevard becomes necessary during bulkhead work, the appropriate signs regarding such parking shall be displayed on Cross Bay Blvd. and notification to all parking enforcement authorities shall be made.
The Rockaway Times
Now this is waiting for the A Train!
Now this is waiting for the A Train!
A woman at the Broad Channel station decided to get comfortable while waiting for the shuttle. We guess it came eventually. Photo by Jordan Lage.
No ferry. No plan for Game Changer money. Nothing from his Economic Development Corporation. Ticket agents everywhere. Speed cameras without proper signage. Road construction at the height of the summer season. A Parks Commissioner who comes to Rockaway as often as the Mayor. That’s the short list of what we’ve gotten from City Hall.
Oh wait, the Mayor gave us a new homeless shelter. No neighborhood, especially one already crying for adequate services, wants an influx of more disadvantaged. What makes the de Blasio homeless move so dumb is that Rockaway is in a flood zone (ever hear about Sandy, Mr. Mayor)?
The most vulnerable populations in storms and emergencies are those that require services (evacuation help, medical attention, and basics like food and water). Getting those services to at-risk populations is a challenge that the city always fails to do. So, what’s the thinking? Rockaway is vulnerable to storms so let’s put more people who need more services there. Brilliant !
City Hall wants congratulations when Build It Back hands out a few reimbursement checks or breaks ground on building a new home. We say, it’s about time.
One Term Bill likes to blame his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, for Build It Back. Well, One Term Bill de Blasio just got around to naming a new Buildings Commissioner. It took the Mayor seven months to put someone in charge of this vital city agency! We love his quote: “We have to change the culture of the Buildings Department. There has to be a totally different sense of time and efficiency,”
If his “sense of time” for the Buildings Department is like the rest of City Hall, he should have named Rip Van Winkle commissioner.
We guess choosing a Building Commissioner was an exhausting exercise. Shortly after naming the commissioner, the Mayor holding office for seven months, needed a 10 day vacation in Italy.
Pubic Advocate Letitia James reportedly asked her legal team to research what powers she might have while OTB vacations. Comptroller Scott Stringer is a willing watchdog and a steady nuisance to the Mayor. Just seems that maybe those thinking about a primary challenge aren’t on vacation and might be thinking about a One Term Bill.
This is a piece of rather sobering news.
You are probably not aware of the fact that on July 23, 2012, just three short months before Super Storm Sandy turned all our lives upside down, our planet had a near miss with a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) resulting from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years.
According to the experts, if the solar storm storm has occurred just one week earlier, the Earth would have been in the cross hairs of the CME and the lives each and every individual on our planet would be markedly different today!
Had we been struck head on by this solar storm all electrical circuits would have been fried.
Satellites, power grids, sewage systems, all forms of transportation, communications, etc., would have immediately gone belly up!
Remember what it was like immediately after Sandy with no power, communications or fuel for several weeks? If this storm had struck us and, as one expert put it, "We would still be picking up the pieces today." We would have been thrown back into the dark ages for a period of many years before everything was was back up and running and even then, it would be a vastly different life than the one we enjoy now.
Interestingly enough, not unlike Super Storm Sandy, the CME that almost battered us was also a freak occurrence as it was actually two ejections within 10 minutes of each other, plus a previous CME had happened four days earlier to effectively clear the path.
Another thing to keep in mind is just how much worse conditions would have been had this solar storm hit us back on July 23, 2012 only to be followed up by Sandy 3 months later. We would have made the trip from "dark ages" to "stone age" in the blink of an eye! We certainly wouldn't have been able to depend on "Build It Back" to get us back on our feet. Oh, wait a minute, we haven't been able to depend on Build It Back to get us on our feet anyway!
But I digress.....I know you are reading this and thinking to yourself, "How come I never heard of this before?"
The simple answer is our government, and more specifically NASA, didn't feel it was necessary to mention this "near miss" until just recently.
Makes you wonder what else they have decided is not necessary to tell us!
Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
By: Peter J. Mahon
I received several inquiries from neighbors who stated that they had had a hard time finding copies of the Rockaway Times (RT) in Broad Channel last week. I conducted a quick tour of the town and found the only Broad Channel store carrying the RT was Hamberrys Delicatessen at 801 Cross Bay Boulevard. Not quite sure what happened but never fear, you can always check out the online edition of the RT each week at rockawaytimes.com and, if you are a "tweetie bird" you can follow the RT on Twitter at @Rockawaytimes.
Speaking of Hamberry's Delicatessen, anyone who was out and about early last Friday morning, July 18th, could not help but notice a rather robust police presence in front of that store. According to the 100th Precinct Commander, Captain Craig Adelman, the store was burglarized sometime between late evening July 17th and early morning July 18th and that the incident is being actively investigated. It is hoped that this incident is simply an aberration and does not reflect an unwelcome shift in our town's otherwise almost non-existent crime rate.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gill Laffe of W12th Road who was recently injured a vehicle accident. Gil is presently recovering at his better half's (Anna's) residence out of town. Get Well Soon Gil!
Last weekend's "Pig Roast" at the Broad Channel V.F.W. was well attended and enjoyed by all who stopped by. Many thanks to Billy Grillman and MattyConkin for getting the pit fired up and going at 4:00 am in the morning, Kevin Bautz for taking care of the grounds keeping, and to Bobo Prokopowicz who carved and served the main course. And of course, a big thank you to both Gail Waldheim who worked the canteen during the afternoon and Grace Arnemann who kept the party going until the wee hours of Sunday morning. A real special "shout out" to Bobby Glade who helped make sure everyone got home safe and sound!
While the West side of Broad Channel was busy with the VFW "Pig Roast" last Saturday, the East side of town was rocking with Pete Keane's annual block party over on Church Road. These summertime events are but one of the simple pleasures our community here in Broad Channel enjoys that make life in this town unique!
This Saturday, July 26th, members of Broad Channel’s V.F.W. and American Legion Posts will attend a new flagpole dedication at the home of 94 year old WWII veteran Leonard Miller at 158 Beach 128th Street in Breezy Point at 11 am. Mr. Miller’s previous flagpole was destroyed during Super Storm Sandy. Everyone is invited to attend this dedication ceremony and meet former Metalsmith 2nd Class Miller to congratulate him on the new flagpole and to thank him for his service to our country.!
The Broad Channel 2014 Mardi Gras is heating up with the inclusion of Ruffle Bar in the mix of fundraising activities for the BCVFD. On Wednesday, July 30th you can have a delicious corn beef and cabbage dinner delivered to your door for only $10. Call Ruffle Bar at 718-318-2300 to set up your dinner orders. On Saturday, August 2nd, Ruffle Bar will host a pool tournament with cash prizes with an accompanying per person entry fee of $20. On Friday, August 8th at 9 pm a $5 cover will get you in to enjoy the live music of Mr. Big Deal! By the way, did I mention that Ruffle Bar is now serving frozen libations! Keep in mind that the proceeds from all these Summer of 2014 Mardi Grasevents, whether they are sponsored by Grassy Point Bar and Grill or Ruffle Bar, go to support the brave men and women of our very own Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department.
Broad Channel – Why would anyone want to live anywhere else? See y’all next week.
by: Domenick Rafter, Editor July 24, 2014
The Rockaway Ferry service is currently not financially sustainable and the city is looking for ways to continue it past October, according to a letter from the city’s Economic Development Corp. to a member of Community Board 14.
In the letter, sent last week to Danny Ruscillo, co-chairman of CB 14’s Transportation Committee, EDC President Kyle Kimball said that the ferry carries around 400 people per day between Rockaway and Manhattan, with a stop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The fare is $3.50 per passenger, but EDC said the cost to subsidize the service is about $30 per passenger, more than six times the cost to the city per rider of the Staten Island Ferry, which is free for passengers, and more than twice the cost-per-rider of express bus service.
Kimball said the city is still pondering ways to continue the service past October.
“While we continue to evaluate inventive ways for ferry service to continue, the key determinant will be financial responsibility and sustainability of service, given its high expense,” he said. “I hope you take from this message that we are doing what we can do and being as creative as possible as we consider the long-term future of what was originally intended to be a temporary service.”
In an email, Ruscillo noted that while the cost-per-rider of the Staten Island Ferry is lower, ridership is much higher, costing taxpayers more than the Rockaway Ferry.
“Staten Island ridership is estimated at twenty million a year, not including weekends,” he said. “Do the math, twenty million at $4.86 per rider, we the tax payers are footing this bill.”
The Rockaway service began after Sandy destroyed the A train tracks over Jamaica Bay, but was continued even after the line reopened in May 2013. Mayor de Blasio continued the service through this October with $2 million from his executive budget. The extension was to “better evaluate costs and funding solutions for longer-term service,” Kimball said.