Thursday, October 23, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse Today

A partial solar eclipse will take place later today starting at 5:49 pm and reaching maximum partial eclipse at 6:03 pm.

Unfortunately, at the time of this afternoon's partial eclipse, sky cover by clouds is forecast to be almost 90% with a slight chance of rain so viewing the event will be difficult if not impossible unless  forecasted northwest winds provide a fortuitous break in the cloud cover at that time.  

RockawayTimes Online Edition (Thursday, October 23rd)

Broad Channel: W12thRd tidal flooding (Thurs. Oct. 23rd)

October 23rd, 2014
8:25 a.m.

This morning's 6.0 foot high tide at 8:30 am ran almost half way up W12th Road.   Thankfully, a significant coastal storm had alreay passed north of us at the time of high tide and although our area was experieincing 20-25 mph winds, they were coming from the north.  Consequently, significant coastal flooding was focused along the north shores of Long Island.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ferry Hail Mary? (The WAVE)

Mayor Grants Ferry Meeting to Rockaway's Elected

Mark C. Healey
Oct 22, 2014

The Wave has learned that Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet with Congressman Gregory Meeks and Rockaway's other elected officials to talk about ways to possibly extend the Rockaway Ferry service, which is scheduled to end on October 31.
"It's a Hail Mary," stressed our source, who requested anonymity. "But it's very interesting, considering the timing."
Since the mayor's recent visits to Far Rockaway and Broad Channel, during which he was asked more about the ferry service and his decison to end it than any other issue, our source said the mayor finally agreed to sit down with the peninula's representatives about the issue.
"Meeks deserves all the credit for making this meeting happen" said our source. "He has been working on this very hard, especially of late." 
The meeting is scheduled for sometime next week.
More details to come in Friday's edition.

Broad Channel Halloween Parade - Saturday, Oct. 25th


The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Halloween Parade this Saturday, October 25th.

The parade will step off from the 17th Road Park at 1:00 pm and travel to the firehouse on Noel Road where refreshments wil be served. 

The weather forecast for Saurday is looking great - sunny with temps in the mid 60's - so have your little ones put on their best costumes and come out and haunt the town!

City-Wide 25 mph default speed limit starts Nov. 7th, 2014

Broad Channel: W12thRd Tidal Street Flooding Dates (Oct 23rd - 29th, 2014)

W12thRd: Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:45pm
Approaching 3:19 pm 5.7 foot high tide

We are approaching a new moon on Thursday , October 23rd,  and minor, end of block, tidal street flooding on West 12th Road can be expected starting with tomorrow morning's 5.8 foot high tide at 8:01 am through Wednesday, October 29th.

Normally tidal heights would have to reach or exceed 6 feet to cause flooding on W12th Road but recently tidal heights as little as 5.7 feet are causing minor end of block flooding as evidenced by the photo above. 

The increased occurrence of street flooding at less than a 6 foot tide height is not the result of climate warming, climate change, or climate disruption.  It's because of the contractor's reconfiguration of the end of street outfall to the bay in preparation for the new bulkhead.

The dates and times of high tides with probable tidal flooding on W12thRd during this period are provided below for your convenience highlighted in red.

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

Th  23      Low   2:16 AM     0.1   7:15 AM    Rise  6:52 AM      1
    23     High   8:37 AM     6.0   6:04 PM     Set  6:04 PM
    23      Low   2:47 PM     0.1
    23     High   8:50 PM     5.3

F   24      Low   2:55 AM     0.1   7:16 AM    Rise  7:53 AM      0
    24     High   9:12 AM     6.1   6:02 PM     Set  6:40 PM
    24      Low   3:29 PM     0.0
    24     High   9:27 PM     5.3

Sa  25      Low   3:34 AM     0.1   7:17 AM    Rise  8:54 AM      0
    25     High   9:47 AM     6.1   6:01 PM     Set  7:21 PM
    25      Low   4:11 PM     0.0
    25     High  10:06 PM     5.2

Su  26      Low   4:12 AM     0.1   7:19 AM    Rise  9:54 AM      4
    26     High  10:25 AM     6.1   6:00 PM     Set  8:08 PM
    26      Low   4:53 PM     0.0
    26     High  10:49 PM     5.1

M   27      Low   4:52 AM     0.2   7:20 AM    Rise 10:53 AM      9
    27     High  11:09 AM     6.0   5:58 PM     Set  9:01 PM
    27      Low   5:37 PM     0.1
    27     High  11:40 PM     4.9

Tu  28      Low   5:35 AM     0.4   7:21 AM    Rise 11:48 AM      16
    28     High  12:02 PM     5.9   5:57 PM     Set  9:59 PM
    28      Low   6:25 PM     0.2

W   29     High  12:38 AM     4.9   7:22 AM    Rise 12:39 PM      25
    29      Low   6:25 AM     0.6   5:56 PM     Set 11:02 PM
    29     High   1:01 PM     5.8
    29      Low   7:21 PM     0.3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Verizon workers on W12thRd to replace uility poles

Shortly after 3:00 pm, Verizon trucks, poles and workers arrived on West 12th Road to start the process of installation of new utility poles.

By 4:30 pm they had already started excavation for placement of a new relocated utility pole at the end of W12thRd. 

Message from Rebecca Elliott, PhD candidate, UC Berkeley

Rebecca Elliott

Hello All....

My name is Rebecca Elliott and I am a PhD candidate in sociology at UC Berkeley.

My dissertation examines ongoing efforts to price disaster, with an empirical focus on insurance institutions and the financial management of flood risk from rising sea levels. My fieldwork focuses on how recent changes to flood insurance are affecting New York City.

I'm currently serving as the Flood Insurance Expert for Zone A New York, a non profit organization helping to rebuild, relocate and return people to their homes after Hurricane Sandy. 

I'm interested in talking to residents of Broad Channel and neighboring areas about their experiences dealing with flood insurance following Sandy as well as the recent changes to flood maps and to the National Flood Insurance Program.

I will be in New York through November 6th.  If you are interested in participating in my research I can be reached via:



by calling: 703.927.0283

Best wishes,


Mayor De Blasio visits Broad Channel to speak about Build It Back Program

CBS New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces latest Build It Back program achievements, goals. (Credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces latest Build It Back program achievements, goals. (Credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s Build it Back program to help residents recover from Superstorm Sandy has made some major progress, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor was in Broad Channel, Queens on Monday to announce the program’s achievements as well as outline future goals.
De Blasio said to date, the Sandy recovery program has seen a total 727 construction starts and 878 reimbursement checks sent out.
That’s compared to none earlier this year when de Blasio had unveiled a plan to overhaul Build it Back in an effort to cut through red tape and get help to those who were impacted by Sandy’s wrath.
“And we know that this is not abstract. We know that every check means a family is getting back on their feet. Every construction start means a family will get back in their homes,” de Blasio said.
According to the de Blasio administration, nearly half of the program’s 6,400 active applicants have been made an offer, compared to 451 at the beginning of 2014. Nearly 4,000 have accepted an offer from the program and more than 1,500 have started design, the administration said.
De Blasio spoke outside of the home of Jayme and John Galimi, which was destroyed by Sandy and is being rebuilt and raised through Build it Back.
“It’s been a tough two years,” John Galimi told 1010 WINS. “Just like everybody else we lost everything.”
The Galimi family is expected to return home by Christmas. John Galimi said the reforms to Build it Back made that possible and urged others to enroll.
“I know most people didn’t get a lot of insurance, they’re devastated…But you gotta enroll and you gotta keep pushing forward,” he said.
Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy credited Housing Recovery Office Director Amy Peterson with helping families like the Galimis to get through the red tape and make the program work for homeowners.
“We brought up issues like how come people can’t use the insurance proceeds to survive and pay rent. She said ‘that’s a great point, we’re changing that tomorrow,'” Mundy said of Peterson.
As the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Mayor de Blasio said he hopes to have at least 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by the end of the year.
The mayor also announced plans to dramatically expand the program’s design and construction capacity. The city is expected to release a new request for proposals on how to best expand capacity in the coming weeks.