High Tide

High Tide
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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 you’re going to have a curfew, it should probably start before rioters get tired from rioting.

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The protest march in Far Rockaway was an inspired, uplifting event. It was hard not to feel chills when the marchers paused at St. John’s Hospital and healthcare workers and marchers applauded each other. City Councilman Donovan Richards showed great leadership, right at the start, by saying violence would be condemned and not be tolerated. He said “bad apples” in the police department should be condemned as well. He followed that with great praise for the Commander of the 101st Precinct, Eric Robinson.

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As protests continue, shouldn’t businesses be allowed to open? Keeping small businesses closed right now is a band-aid on a bleed-out. Thousands and thousands of people are in the streets, but you can’t go to a gym or dress shop? Open businesses might help alleviate crowds. People would have something to do. And open the parks and put rims back up. Provide an outlet!

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The calendar rolls on and summer weather is coming, no matter what. And that means we are putting out a Rockaway Times Summer & Community Guide. We will publish Thursday, July 2.  We hope there is more clarity about what events there will be and what businesses will do in July and August but it’s a tradition we’ve gotta keep up. Call us 718-634-3030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Oh, there are some good things happening in all this: Bar Marseilles, a seafood and Mediterranean bar/restaurant, with an open deck upstairs, will be opening at Arverne By The Sea. And right next door, Super Burrito looks ready to open. We’ll keep you posted.

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The Belle Harbor Steak House has been sold. It’s in good hands with folks from the Farmer’s Market, but former Steak House owner, Jimmy Condolios, will still be cooking from time to time. The staff and menu will remain the same for now with some changes down the line. Congratulations to Jimmy on his “retirement” and to the new owners as they move forward.

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It might not be junk mail. If you don't have direct deposit, the US Treasury is sending out debit cards. They come in envelopes that look like a credit card promotion. Check before tossing it out!

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The amazing photos in the Top 30 of The Rockaway Times Photo Expo are now posted along the boardwalk railings in the area of Beach 95th Street. (And some great Honorable Mentions are at the ferry dock). In keeping with the times, the photos are spaced at least 6 feet apart.

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Get your favorite Grad in the paper. Graduation for students just won’t be the same this year but you can show your love by taking out an ad in The Rockaway Times. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 718-634-3030 for rates and details.

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