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The ongoing perfect storm: Unemployment at record levels. Pent up energy/frustration from a three month lock down. Summer weather. Divisive leadership. Oh, boy.

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Social media posts scared a lot of people in Rockaway on Tuesday. It’s an upside-down world so rumors and falsehoods spread fast. In mid-March “Mike’s dad who works for Homeland Security” told family and friends to prepare for a 30-day National Guard lockdown because of Covid-19. That rumor probably led to a lot of people to panic buy. On Tuesday, rioters and looters were on their way to the 100th Precinct according to “people in the know.” Didn’t happen. These days, it’s very difficult to distinguish between what’s real and BS.

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Not to second guess, but if

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Red flags. That’s the business to be in.

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Too many bike riders are using the boardwalk for speed drills. Shore Front Parkway has a bike lane that should be utilized by these speeders. Our eye test tells us 95% of these Olympian wannabes are dressed for the Tour de France and most are from somewhere off the peninsula. There’s probably very little chance they read The Rockaway Times but if they do, we’re hoping they get this message: slow down!

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Another message that

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It’s May 14. Know what that means? Summer parking regulations take effect TONIGHT at 12:01. For those with weekend rules, make sure to move your cars Friday night.

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Next week is normally, normally, the time when the Parks Commissioner or the Mayor comes to Rockaway on the Friday before Memorial Day to declare the beaches open. Not this year. The day will come and go like a lot of others recently. There is a chance the TOP 30 Photos from this year’s Rockaway Times Photo Contest

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Shhh… send in a photo of mom and we’ll put it in the paper next week for Mother’s Day. No charge. Send a nice pic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Terence Tubridy, of Bungalow Bar and the Rockaway Beach Hotel, delivered a nice smack to the back of the head of the City Council last week: “I’m sorry, whoever is praising the City Council for its virtual meeting today, six weeks to put together, shame on you. While it’s the private and civil service workers holding this city together with

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Here’s to a safe Memorial Day weekend for all. And please take time to remember those who died while serving in the Armed Forces.

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So, you can go to Target but you can’t go in Lana’s Loft or The Gift is Love? That’s just nuts. But, maybe if they sold nuts, then they could open?

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We usually publish our annual Rockaway Summer & Community Guide this week but that’s another thing on hold. When we do finally publish it, we’re thinking on calling it The Unusual Summer Guide

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Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Nurses’ Week.

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We’re back. Although we really never left. We are once again delivering The Rockaway Times newspaper door-to-door from Beach 149th to Breach 84th Street and will make bulk drops at news racks and at some open businesses. But you should still get the RT by email each week. We deliver the whole paper and deliver new videos and other features on our new website: RockawayTimesTV.com. This week we even have a short film by John Sica. Send us an

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As many Rockaway businesses await SBA loans (and wait and wait), we’re reminded how “the little guy” so often gets crushed. In the first round of stimulus, the feds said a “small” business was one with 500 or less employees. Five hundred? That sounds like a pretty large medium, not a small. Five hundred. Sheesh. Get real, Washington.

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Gas prices at a station in Wisconsin fell to 89 cents a few days ago. Louisiana and Indiana stations were under a buck. Rockaway is still clocking

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