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Happy Rosh Hashanah!

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Oops.  Last week we asked you to send in Before and After photos from Hurricane Sandy. And thanks! to those who did. What we meant to ask for are photos of After Sandy AND NOW photos.  So if you’ve got a photo of the wreckage and a photo of the same place now – please send to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.We’re hoping to show we’ve come a long way!

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Got $11 million and change?  If so, you can buy the Sands Point building and parking lot on Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.  The property, approximately 175 x 300, with nine tenants and 45 parking spaces is listed for $11,495,000 by CPEX Real Estate. 

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The least surprising thing about recent hurricanes and hurricane warnings? 

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Before and After photos. Before and after Hurricane Sandy, that is. Please send your best Before and After photos to us and we’ll do our best to print them before October 29, which is the fifth year anniversary since the storm that changed everything. Email the pics to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks!

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There’s still time to march in the Poseidon Parade.  See page 16 for details. Oh, if you’re marching, try to have some music playing (Yellow Submarine or Under the Boardwalk, for

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Happy Mardi Gras weekend! And Happy Labor Day! But summer isn’t over! Keep in mind that the beaches are open and staffed for another week—until September 10.

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Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn of Texas and six House members from that state voted against the Sandy relief bill. They are now seeking federal relief as a result of Hurricane Harvey. When an aid package is voted on we expect New York reps to do the right thing and help the people devastated by this horrific

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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

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Hey, advertisers. You know we have two news racks at the ferry dock, right? All those potential customers can see your ad when they pick up a free copy of The Rockaway Times. Now, we’re offering something new and exciting.  The Rockaway Times will handle your SOCIAL MEDIA.

We can do Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – all those things you have no idea about – or are too busy to do (but you know you should be doing!)  Contact Katie or Pat for more details at 718-634-3030.  (And just so

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The City abruptly put the brakes on a bike share program and our local pols got some media mileage out of their protestations. But before we join in the outrage, we’d first chime in by saying Citi Bike (the City and Citibank sponsored bike sharing program) might deserve a few shots for being a monopoly and not serving some parts of the city, but we think asking a competitor to get permits isn’t so dastardly. And Spin, the new bike sharing program, would’ve benefitted mostly visitors

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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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