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Some civic minded folks are pushing the EDC to move the ferry dock from Beach 108th Street. Hold on, don’t worry.  They are advocating moving it by 120 feet or so, claiming its current location at the intersection is too dangerous.  The newly paved bayfront walkway lends itself to a new, safe spot.  

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Work from home if you can!  A third of workers who have the flu still report to work even though they are aware that the sometimes deadly disease is spread person to person, according to the results of the newly commissioned "South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll."

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Some of you might have spotted a boat with a paddlewheel on the bay.  We hear it was making a stop for maintenance and will eventually set up in Sheepshead Bay as a dinner boat this summer.  It would be nice to have one of those docked here.  Any other paddlewheel boat owners out there?  Dock right on the bay right behind The Rockaway Times!  We’ll set up our office onboard!

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Speaking of The Rockaway Times… we won’t be setting up shop on a boat (yet), but we are moving out of The Booth (which is still – four years since Sandy! – mistaken for the Belle Rock car service dispatch location).  We’ll have the same address, 114-04 Beach Channel Drive, and be just moving across the parking lot to a bigger, more conventional space.  We’re not sure about the bike on top of the booth. Same phone number, same Bat channel for The  Rockaway Times. Not sure about the future of The Booth.

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There’s a push in the New York Senate to delay or even prevent the City from enacting the 5-cent plastic bag fee shops will have to start collecting if you opt to have items placed in a plastic bag.  The fee is supposed to take effect on February 15 unless the State steps in.  The City Council approved the fee but it was hardly unanimous.

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It was a year ago that the building, The Metroplex on Beach 26th and the boardwalk went into bankruptcy.  A month later, the vacant building was sold at auction.  The 126-room building is just about fully rented. The last four apartments are being rehabbed and likely will rent soon.  David Kasner and his team did a nice job filling the place. Some apartments fetched $2,800 a month.

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What’s with the Family Dollar on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and 113th? The building is set in a cockamamie way. If you’re heading west you can see the odd angle of the building.  Buildings along most streets come out the same distance as each other or are at least parallel to the street. Not the Family Dollar.  Maybe they got a discount for cutting a corner. Literally.

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You might remember Lisa Colangelo from covering Rockaway sto­ries with the Daily News.   She accepted a buyout from the News and is now doing freelance work.  We came across her work in AM New York this week and can’t wait to see where she turns up next.  

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The New York City Independent Budget Council released a study about the state of city streets.  Queens came in second, behind Brooklyn, for having the highest percentage of streets in good shape.  The percentage would have been higher, but Rockaway streets from about Beach 84th to Beach 9th were recognized as the mess they are.

 

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