The next Community Board meeting...

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The next Community Board meeting is Tuesday, March 12 at Scholars’ Academy on Beach 104th Street. Reps from the Department of Homeless Services will be there. Attend if you can!

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Schools were closed on Monday reminding many readers they walked to school in a foot of snow, uphill, both ways.

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Probably not news, but it’s not every day Broad Channel gets a mention in Scientific American, a magazine that Albert Einstein once contributed to. In an article about how flood-prone areas have lagged in real estate appreciation rates, there’s a photo of a flooded street in the Channel.Analysts at First Street Foundation in Brooklyn found that coastal property values in seventeen states were rising at a slower rate in flood-prone areas than in areas that did not flood.

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The City Council approved two bills aimed at preventing sewer backups. We don’t know why legislation was necessary because you’d think such things were in place.

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Out with the snow (we hope) and in with the sand. After last year’s debacle when the City abruptly announced right before the summer season that 11 blocks of beach would be closed, it was good to hear that a short-term fix will be underway shortly, allowing for merchants and beachgoers to enjoy all the beaches. The Army Corps has hired a contractor to pour 300,000 cubic yards of sand between Beach 92nd and Beach 103rd Streets. The big plan, which calls for groins and a reinforced dune (composite seawall) with a height of 17 feet from Beach 9th to Beach 149th Streets, is expected to begin by the end of this year. At least that’s the hope.

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There’s also whisperings that the jetties/groins might be placed all the way to Beach 149th Street (instead of just to Beach 121st Street). That would leave Riis Park out, but The National Park Service hasn’t shown all that much interest in beach protection.

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Reports say that a nine-story 219-unit mixed-use development looks to be on its way to 13-38 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. Plans for a 17-story building at 128 Beach 9th Street were filed late last summer. Pretty soon Far Rockaway will just be known as Under Construction.

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A highlight of last week’s parade day was the pop-up opening of the Harbor Light. It was kept a pretty good secret that the place was going to be open with a one-day permit but the word got out (there was a parade forming outside!) and lucky patrons filled the place. You can get a look at some photos of inside by going to The  Rockaway Times Facebook page. And you know we’ll let you know when we hear the place will open its doors once and for all.

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City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is calling for the City to take control of transit from the MTA. In a report released this week, Johnson said ferries contribute to air pollution and require subsidies that are too steep for the city. He’s got his eye on City Hall and clearly wants to be mayor. He wants to “break the car culture.” His plan did not mention Rockaway’s specific challenges.

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John Russo, a longtime contractor turned artist and art professor at Kingsborough, passed away this week. His work was often on display at the Rockaway Artists Alliance studios. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

 

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