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We think it’s been both a farce and an outrage about how the Rockaway Courthouse has been allowed to sit there and further crumble since the City awarded the Harmony Group development rights for $50,000 in 2013.  But maybe it’s a tragedy, too. The building looks like a casualty of the long delay and our guess is that it will have to be torn down. 

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Speaking of the courthouse, the EDC objected to the fact that we quoted people who no longer work at EDC.  And they said they wanted to write a letter.  We said, sure.  But like the courthouse, the letter's been delayed.  Maybe next week.

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Congratulations to all the volleyball champs. Thankfully, it was an overcast day and we didn’t have a repeat from a couple of years ago

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Rockaway is hip, cool and all that.  We’re happy about the new status.  But not so happy when outsiders get stuff wrong.  Old Navy is selling a Rockaway – 92nd Street t-shirt with a wave graphic. Cool. They even added a zip code: 11691. We can’t decide if it’s ignorance or a big typo. No matter how fast things are changing in Rockaway we know Beach 92nd is still in zip code 11693.

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Along the same lines, NYMag.com (New York Magazine) published a very favorable review of Rockaway

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The firehouse on Beach 116th Street looks more and more like it’s destined to move to the spot on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 116th and 117th (the old HSBC bank, the old Ram’s Horn and Sunset Diner spot).  The Borough Pres recommended the FDNY consider Beach 112th and BCD as the Community Board suggested but that recommendation is hardly binding.  The Beach 112th Street location seems a better place than the entrance to the area’s main commercial strip. Of course, the response time

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The Firecracker 5K and Half Marathon is Saturday, July 15. The half marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m.  Both start and end at the Community House.  Check out RockapulcoRun.com for sign up and other info.

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There was a rumor that condos and maybe a hotel were going up on the bay at 87th Street (near the old Rosie’s bait shop and used tire place).  Turns out there is a Build It Back job going on, with permits for a house elevation. Nothing more according to

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Cuisine by Claudette, the popular catering and dining spot on Beach 116th Street has had a presence at Riis Park the last couple of summers.  Their presence just got more prominent as they have taken over the spot vacated by Slice O’ Whit at Bay 9.  As for Whit’s next stop, we haven’t heard but our ears are straining.

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It’s already been five years since the City put out an RFP seeking ideas for the Rockaway Courthouse on Beach 91st and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In 2013, a group

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The Breezy Point Co-op and The Graybeards are sponsoring a Youth Awareness Presentation, on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Colony Theater. It’s for students in 8th through 12th grade, though college students are welcome as well.  Although serious subjects are covered, such as alcohol abuse, it’s presented in entertaining fashion with an illusionist (Jaden Maxwell who appeared on America’s Got Talent) and motivational speaker, Chris Sandy.  A parent’s presentation is also

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The Rockaway Times Photo Contest held its final judging round at Caracas on the Boardwalk on Sunday, July 2.  What a wonderful community event!  Brothers at the 106th Street concession and Caracas supplied free food and coffee for all who showed up for the photo contest wrap up.  The 15 final photos were extraordinary and a fine reflection of just how talented the people are here.  It was a great day and we’re glad that it will be a great Rockaway tradition!

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