Well, Uri Kaufman hasn’t done much with the Rockaway courthouse building

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Well, Uri Kaufman hasn’t done much with the Rockaway courthouse building. We came across a Daily News article from 2002 in which Kaufman says his firm was the only developer that had responded to a request for proposal the EDC issued in 1999. In 2002 he was going to convert it to an office building and lease space to local politicians and the Community Board. It’s not clear why that fell apart. A decade or more later, Kaufman resurfaced with a plan to turn the courthouse into a medical center. And the EDC was onboard. They gave him the building for $50,000. He said he was going to invest $10 mil. Those plans fell apart. The crumbling building sits there, decaying further. Perhaps Kaufman has been too busy eyeing other deals. He recently paid more than $5 million for a warehouse and lot on Beach 79th Street. He says he has no plans yet (though a Brownfield cleanup application has been submitted. See page 18).

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Hmmm…you spend 5 mil and you have no plans?  That’s less believable than the courthouse sign that still hangs on the building: Medical Center Coming 2017!

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Speaking of real estate….A couple of Belle Harbor listings caught our attention. The “Bon Appetit” building on Beach 129th Street is listed for $2,300,000 and the vacant lot on the corner is listed at $2,500,000.

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Got an American flag that needs retiring? You can email the Graybeards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they’ll collect or take down from flag poles. You can also drop them in the mailbox outside the Graybeard office on Beach 129th Street. This is an annual effort spearheaded by Jimmy Mullen.

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Wallethub, an online site, has triggered some anxiety eating by listing the Top 100 Fattest Cities in the country. The Top 10 places where obesity reigns are in the South. The least fat city on the list is where skinny jeans are a necessity: Portland, Oregon.

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We love getting email with opinions and suggestions even if we don’t agree with them. But we can’t print them all, like from someone saying he’s going to teach a lesson to the next dog owner who doesn’t pick up after their pet on the boardwalk and beach. We might agree with your sentiments but we really can’t print your threats. In any case, readers, keep writing, send your letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Have you sent your best photos to The Rockaway Times for the contest? See Page 20 for details.

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Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role in Sex And The City, is challenging Governor Cuomo in a primary. First question: Ms. Nixon, will you get rid of the Cross Bay Bridge toll? 

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John J. Gotti, grandson of the deceased crime boss, John Gotti, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to arson. He and another man torched a car in revenge because the car owner had cut off mobster Vincent Asaro at a traffic light in Howard Beach. The car was set afire in 2012 in Broad Channel.

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The Army Corps is moving up the Rockaway Reformulation plan (jetties) so it’ll happen ten months earlier than forecast.  We won’t quibble about how that’s actually about three years later than what should have been…

 

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