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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 headed by Uri Kaufman got the historic building for $50,000. The plan was to pour some $10 million into the place and turn it into a medical center.  The plan fell apart and the developer considered other uses but so far, nothing.  Rockaway no longer needs such a medical center (a brand new state of the art building is going up at Beach 105th Street).  With Rockaway enjoying new found status, we bet lots of great proposals would be submitted if a new RFP was issued.

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A couple of weeks ago, Lisa Colangelo (formerly of the Daily News), now with amNewYork reported that a survey by the Citizens Budget Commission revealed that people who live in Community Board 14 (that’s you Rockaway!) are some of the most dissatisfied, least happy people in the City.  Funny, we’ve never heard anyone, ever, complain about anything in Rockaway.

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The Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC) has a fun event planned for Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m.  at 17th Road Park. They’re planning the First Annual 100th Precinct Cops Vs. Kids Basketball Game. The Shamrocks from the Summer Youth Basketball League will challenge New York’s Finest. There will also be a Crime Prevention officer on hand so you can register your bike if you like.

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Speaking of Broad Channel and basketball, BC legend Martin Feeney tells us the BCAC Shamrock Summer Shootout has 370 players among 36 teams ages 4 through 14. Wow! Our fault for not knowing about this pretty big deal!

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The 16th Annual Steve Belson Ocean Swim and Music Festival is Saturday, August 5.

The event helps fund scholarships for lifeguards attending college. The swimming takes place at — where else? — Bells  Beach at Beach 92nd Street. Races are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The music and good times are at Bungalow Bar starting at 7 p.m.

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The ferry is an art, not a science, apparently. We asked NYCFerry if there is an actual policy about picking people up at the Brooklyn Army Terminal on busy times (when the boat could easily fill up at Pier 11). The answer? “NYC Ferry continues to monitor ridership levels to ensure parity and access to all routes and landings throughout the system. Part of that process includes the holding of a few seats on Rockaway-bound vessels during peak travel periods to accommodate those boarding at Sunset Park.” (The number “few” means they’re winging it as best they can.  If you’re waiting in Brooklyn we know that’s not much comfort).

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Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican candidate for mayor, took a stroll along Beach 116th Street on Monday and posted a video of her observations on her Facebook page. She noted the abandoned buildings and remarked about the panhandling plague.  She said the area “needs some TLC,” and that businesses could use some incentives from City Hall.  Someone sent us another video of her taking notice of The Rockaway Times news rack outside the 116th subway stop!

 

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