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Dear Editor:

(Regarding the former Chai Home for Adults on Beach 125th) The building is a tinderbox ready to go up any minute. Very sad how this is being treated. The "owner" is actually an attorney, probably representing the non-profit organization that owns it. Every homeowner and the city have to come down hard on them, as it’s five years already and something has to give.

Carmela Soprano



Dear Editor:

(In response to Dylan Watton’s 11/09 letter about parking issues) Hi Dylan, I read your letter sent into The Rockaway Times last week titled "Parking Inequality," in which the sentence that  got me was "to prevent non-existent accidents." Where you were referring to is known as a high crash location: Beach 108th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In early 2014 and again in 2016, Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office did an exhausting and fantastic job in going through hundreds of accident reports, three to five year's worth, and did an analysis of all of the accidents reported at this intersection, noting how many involved turns and how many were serious, which required an ambulance and/or a tow truck to respond. As one of Councilman Eric Ulrich's representatives said, it is the most accident-prone location in the 100th Precinct, and I fully agree with that statement. I'm sure, Dylan, if you ask the Councilman's office, they would have no problem in showing you all the work that went into their accident analysis report. Their office was then notified that the Department of Transportation's most recent study had finally validated the need for turning lanes north/south on Beach 108th Street. Long-term, with the promised redevelopment of Beach 108th Street as part of the NY Rising program, we would still like to see turn signals added to the traffic control devices in this intersection. Believe me, Dylan, I understand your frustration over losing any parking spaces. There are many nights when I get home after a community meeting, shopping etc., that I have to ride around for sometime just to park my car, but I'm sure you believe like me, safety must come first in the case of this intersection.

Danny Ruscillo

Co-Chair CB 14

Transportation Committee


Queens Rail Idea

Dear Editor:

Councilman Ulrich is rightly cautious about restoring the Rockaway Beach Line (RBL), seeking to connect it into the LIRR Atlantic Branch instead. I had lived in Richmond Hill and am all too aware of the strong opposition to having trains near homes, schools, and businesses.

But there is a solution, one that is part of the fabric of New York, and used when elevated and surface routes are not or no longer practical, and that is to put the RBL underground from Atlantic or Jamaica Avenues to the LIRR at Rego Park, or to the Queens Blvd subway, where there is a bell mouth. That approach would allow for the linear neighborhood park known as Queensway to be built on top. Existing ballfields and parking would be retained. Intermediate stations can be built like at Metropolitan and Jamaica avenues or phased in as needed by the local communities.

The Woodhaven Jct. station can be reopened for transfers with LIRR trains. An underground connection can be built to the Montauk Branch for trains to Long Island City and an above-ground link constructed at Aqueduct for the long-sought after and highly-desired one-seat ride from midtown to JFK Airport.

Other cities faced with transit, development, and community amenity needs decided that going underground is worth the added investment. A portion of the BART SFO Airport/Millbrae line in San Francisco lies underneath an old railroad line, now a rail trail. A section of the DART LRT in Texas is in a tunnel under an expressway instead of using the old Katy railroad, now a trail. Vancouver, B.C.’s Canada Line to Richmond and YVR had its underground portion lengthened to preserve neighborhood trees. So why not take the same route in Queens for the Rockaway Beach Line, AKA QueensRail?

Brendan Read


Fine Forgiveness

Dear Editor:

(In response to Danny Ruscillo’s inquiry to the Department of Transportation) This is a follow-up to your Nov. 3 correspondence regarding recent changes to parking regulations on Beach 108th Street between Rockaway Freeway and Rockaway Beach Blvd. as well as Beach 108th between Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Rockaway Beach Dr. Based on our discussion, some motorists may have received parking summonses while the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) was implementing a left-turn lane treatment to enhance the safety and operation of this intersection.

NYC DOT removed some parking on both the north and south medians by installing new No Standing Anytime signage. This work was completed on Oct. 24, 2017. The agency also installed markings to create two new left-turn bays on Beach 108th Street. The markings were completed on Nov. 3, 2017. These changes, which were implemented using DOT in-house resources, are based on requests from the Community Board and other stakeholders, including the local precinct. We look forward to working with you on the future capital project at this site.

As you know, NYC DOT does not issue parking summonses, nor does it adjudicate them.

Those roles are handled by the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Finance, respectively. NYC DOT is, however, required to post notice in the affected areas of the new parking regulations, which we did here by affixing a sticker to the signs to provide notification of the effective date of the new regulations.

If an owner of a motor vehicle receives a violation within five days of a sign change, that person has an affirmative defense so long as they parked in compliance with the previous parking regulation.

As always, I appreciate your assistance in encouraging motorists to comply with all applicable rules and regulations. Please feel free to share this letter with your constituents who are requesting information about the recent changes in parking regulations at this intersection.

Nicole Garcia, DOT Queens Borough Commissioner



Dear Editor:

I recently went to Dick’s Sporting Goods on Woodhaven Boulevard in the middle of the day. It used to take 25-30 minutes by car. Well, forget about it! With the new bus lane, travel is a complete disaster. It took more than one hour to drive there from Rockaway. It’s called SBS – which I guess means Stupid BS!

I don’t know what the goal is but if it’s to put places out of business, I can’t think of a better way. I’ll never go there or any place along Woodhaven ever again. Great job, NYC!

Frank P.


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