High Tide

High Tide
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Last Friday, in the middle of the day, a gunman opened fire probably from the rooftop of the Edgmere Houses also known as the Ocean Bay apartments at Beach 54th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Two cars, one with children, just sitting in traffic, were struck. No one was injured but what a terrifying incident.  Let’s hope there’s an arrest soon.  Too many innocent people are at risk.

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Déjà vu. We’ve been down this railroad before. Yes, congratulations to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder for proposing funding for a study for the Queens Rail Line.  (We don’t get the headlines this triggered.  It’s just a budget proposal now) So let’s not pop the champagne or make this out to be more than what it is.  It’s another study.  In 2013, a big deal was made out of the fact that Queens College would conduct a study about the viability of the abandoned rail tracks. They did the study and nothing happened.  So this is another study. People who want the tracks to be a park like the High Line will probably announce another study. Soon there will be study to determine how many studies there should be. 

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Community House is not for sale or closing. We try to avoid putting rumors in the paper (we hear a million of ‘em). Owner Kelley Brooke asked us to get the word out that the beautiful space on Beach 102nd Street, which just opened last August is here to stay.  She said the winter business outdid projections and that great things are ahead. We figured the rumors were just rumors. The place hasn’t had a full summer season yet. And by this summer, Community House will also have a few rooms for rent.  Oh, and this Sunday they’re having an Easter Egg hunt !

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People want a shuttle from Far Rockaway to the ferry stop at Beach 108th Street.  We say give it a try.  One hundred percent.  But with red lights out of sync, school buses in the morning, only single lanes on Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and making multiple stops to pick up other commuters, you can expect a twenty minute shuttle ride – at least! –just to get to the ferry dock.  The ferry trip is an hour.  Then you’ll have to walk a bit from the ferry landing in Manhattan.  Add it up.  The shuttle will be great for people not in a rush.

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Riis Park became a destination last year for Brooklynites and locals when the Riis Park Beach Bazaar opened offering vendor goods, various foods, drinks, and music.  This coming season Cuisine by Claudette will have a presence there and maybe one or two more local favorites.

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We just heard a nice story from real estate broker Maureen Walsh.  She got to talking a young couple about to be married at St. Francis de Sales but neither of them are from the parish.  Well, that is, they weren’t from the parish before they met at the church when each had shown up to volunteer soon after Hurricane Sandy. 

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Ever have a rainbow bagel? Or maybe you just want to have a great cup of coffee? The All American B & B (Bagel and Barista) is now open in Broad Channel, just on the other side of the Cross Bay bridge.  Their grand re-opening is Saturday.

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We know of two people who fell for a scam recently so it seems worth it to alert everyone.  It starts with a phone call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft and they’ve detected a problem with your computer.  They may know your name or other information but please just hang up.  Or ask for their phone number and tell them you’ll call them back.  But before you do, consult with someone who knows computers.

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We got a couple of letters complaining about underage drinking and deplorable behavior by some on the day of the Rockaway parade. We know plenty of the kids aren’t necessarily from Rockaway but enough are.  We hope next year parents will do what they can to ensure their kids aren’t part of these trouble-making crowds. One letter made some valid points but we’re not quite sure why it was signed with a childish, fake name.

 

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