Latest News From the Peninsula

  • Christopher Andrew holds a mint julep ice cream sandwich.

    Holland Helado’s first summer a success


    A part-time entrepreneurial project has turned into a full-fledged business with no signs of stopping. Holland Helado will transform its menu into fall flavors come September, according to one of its founders, Rockaway native Christopher Andrew. Along with two friends, Christopher started the business, which sells artisanal ice cream sandwiches. Christopher, 22, said one of…

  • Local artist Melissa Rubin gets her inspiration from Rockaway.
    Arts, News

    Artist finds inspiration in Rockaway


    The open sky, the vast ocean and morning sunlight: not only are these the benefits of living in Rockaway, but they also provide inspiration for one local artist. Melissa Rubin, a New Jersey native, has been influenced by her home on the peninsula since moving here a couple of years ago.  Rubin, the recipient of…

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    Rockaway lifeguard pedals a business


    It began as a joke. Mike O’Toole, a Rockaway native, said that several years ago a few of his friends bought a couple of antique pedicabs in Brooklyn, drove them down Flatbush Avenue and into Rockaway. As a way to goof off, they started giving rides to other friends. That gave O’Toole the idea, who…

  • News

    The Queens Transit meeting report


    If you can afford to stop fighting for something you thought you needed, it wasn’t really a necessity. On that note, the Queens Public Transit Committee held its monthly meeting last Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach. We are not prepared to stop fighting for the ferry. Since it remains unclear what…

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    Mayor turns his back on ferry rally


    They came to get the mayor’s attention. And they were ignored. As ferry advocates took to the steps in front of City Hall to plea for continued ferry service, Mayor Bill de Blasio emerged through the front doors of City Hall, along with members of his security team. As rally-goers shouted and called out, the…

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    The Wharf Bar and Grill: A hidden gem uncovered


    Unless you’ve heard of it through word of mouth, come upon it during a boat outing in Jamaica Bay or discovered it through social media, you would never expect to find a waterside restaurant and bar with quality food and breathtaking views hidden behind a gas station. The Wharf Bar and Grill is a hidden…

  • Photo courtesy NYC Daylighting.

    Company hopes to shed light on Rockaway


    A Rockaway business is a finalist in a competition to win funding to help Rockaway businesses become more resilient. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring the RISE:NYC contest, designed to prepare local businesses for future storms. Michael Shea, the owner of NYC Daylighting said he’ll be able to provide 40 Rockaway businesses…

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Out and About

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    Karate gets a thumbs up

      Karate is thumbs-up at World Champions Karate Center. Just ask Olivia, Jack, Peter, Michael, James, Gregory, and Grady. The students just received their new ranks.     New Black Belt at World Champions Karate Center. Anna Fabela is congratulated by her fellow students. Front row: Alan, Donna, Jessica, Anna, Frank; Back row: Frank, Chanz,…

  • Amphibicar

    Who Needs A Ferry? It’s The AMPHICAR!

    You just missed your chance to own your own 1967 amphibious convertible. Made to run on land and in water, it even has propellers. This beauty was sold on ebay by a local resident for $32,800.

Back in the Day

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    Back in the Day

    We didn’t cut off the top of the heads of the kids in the last row – that’s just how they took photos in 1970! This is class pic is from St. Francis de Sales 1970.

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