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We don’t know if congratulations or psychiatric care is in order for those who jumped in the ocean on New Year’s Day. It was brutally cold and a very low tide required running a long distance to be able to dive under (the official way to do it). It was so cold we even admire the fully-dressed photographers.  Officially, the high for the day was 18 degrees. Last year’s high was 52!

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Speaking of the cold (who isn’t?), the ferry is subject to service suspension because of ice in the bay. Tug boats have been used to assist. If you’re looking for service updates, download the NYC Ferry app and get email updates (and check your spam folder). Oh, and another cold fact: it was so cold in Canada, a zoo brought their penguins inside!

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From the MTA: The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during overnight hours on weekdays from Tuesday, January 2, through Saturday morning, January 13. There will be no closures on weekend nights. During this time, all traffic will be detoured to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., including the Q35 bus. The closures are necessary for upgrade work on the lift mechanism.

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What weather? On Tuesday, we saw construction crews working on the coming medical center on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 105th Street, and the condos on Beach 116th Street.  We’ll come out of hibernation and see all sorts of new stuff.

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Don’t let snow stop you from getting The Rockaway Times. Get it by email every Thursday. Just subscribe at RockawayTimes.com or send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Good times, good deed dances just ahead. The Graybeards’ Dinner Dance is set for January 27 (call 718-634-6182), the Poseidon Prom (they raise money for the great boardwalk parade in September) is scheduled for February 10 at the Knights of Columbus (get tix at eventbrite.com) and the Broad Channel Vollies are having their Officers’ Installation Dance on February 24 (call 718-474-6888).

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Yes, we still have some tickets for future St. John’s basketball games.  Shoot us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and you’ll get on the list. 

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The next Community Board meeting is Tuesday, January 9 at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.

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Breezy Point won’t resume the old tradition of burning Christmas trees on the beach, but residents will get their July 4 fireworks display back this year.

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Street Easy, an online real estate hub, listed some predictions for the 2018 market. Among the things they cite: Transportation Changes Will Drive New Demand (people fed up with the subway look for other means). Rents Will Fall and Concessions Will Rise (uh, we’re pretty sure they mean Manhattan). Homes Under $1 Million Will See Heightened Competition (that’s happening on Rockaway’s west end).

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Well, snowbirds don’t count and people are moving to Rockaway, but the rest of New York is another matter. The state is seeing an exodus of people. New York comes in third behind Illinois and New Jersey as states losing the most residents. Lots of people are heading to the Pacific northwest and plenty to the southeast. Vermont is the lone northeastern state with more people moving in than moving out.

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Look at the bright side.  It’s 58 days until the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the unofficial start of spring.

 

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