Battle of Long Island
In another letter to the editor in the September 5 issue, a writer raised the repeated question as to if the Rockaway peninsula was a part of Long Island. She brought up several good points.
Over the years, when a downed power line blacked out my block, I had to call LILCo, or then LIPA, only to be advised to call Consolidated Edison. I always had to remind them my power bills were issued by them, not Con Ed. In the blackout that darkened midtown Manhattan last month, it was coincidentally on the anniversary of the 1977 Blackout, where the peninsula actually was one of only a few NY City areas that still had electricity.
As to the question of the areas known geopolitically as Queens, Brooklyn, and Rockaway being Long Island, I refer to the history books. I specify August 27 to 29, 1776. During our War For Independence, Colonial troops, primarily under the command of General George Washington, lost a battle to British troops and German mercenaries known as Hessians, primarily under the command of General Sir William Howe. In defiance to then military traditions, instead of surrendering, retreated to the City of New York, a.k.a Manhattan. The battle, the largest following the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776, was called the Battle of Long Island, which was actually fought, primarily, in Brooklyn Heights.
Richard C. Berger
Out With the Noise
Ah, another end of summer, yes, I admit I’m always a bit melancholy. I will be, however, really happy to see leave all the encampments of DFDs, each armed from other neighborhoods and boroughs with the latest audio equipment. Translation: LOUD. Twelve feet apart on the weekends like an audio minefield. Where am I to go? Out on the sand at 8 a.m.? Wait until Monday?
Posted at the ramp declines on each street shows the rules: Specifically: No Amplified Players. (You'd think our cops could devote some time to enforce this instead of hiding behind every other tree on the road eager to give out speeding tickets?)
And excuse me—what about MY rights? I don't want to hear your stuff! The silent majority! The seething silent majority.
The recent events that took place at a popular beach club near Rockaway Beach proves without a shadow of a doubt ...Rockaway has a serious problem. For years I had the privilege of writing a weekly column in The Wave called an Intern's Take. I tried to inspire and shed light on some of the issues that were taking place on the peninsula. Unfortunately, that opportunity ran its course and things took another direction. There are many who will tell you we are living in a post-racial society, where men are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Unfortunately, the signs of the time say something much different. In the past year we have seen a rise in mass shootings. There has been a rise in anti-Semitic crimes. This has all taken place under the watch of the current administration. We are living in a climate where acts of hate are occurring more frequently and those who are perpetrating them are becoming more comfortable. You see my friends, in situations like this, there are only two responses. There are those who will do nothing and ignore the hate that is festering in their backyard. Those who agree with the sentiments that were written in the sand. And those who recognize enough is enough. Which side will you choose?
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