D Piper Inn Closing

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D Piper Inn Closing

Dear Editor:

The D Piper Inn Hotel will be closing its doors to the public this Spring 2018. 

However, we will, in no way, stop aggressively voicing the issues that have been allowed to fester in Rockaway Park for 30 years … (i.e. the sub-standard nursing homes, current NYC Public Housing that demoralizes our society, this community, and most importantly, the souls in them).

We will remain ever vigilant and will voice our objections as needed. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT! 

Indeed, we will be poised to ACT, and will, where appropriate. We will not be intimidated by elected officials or City agencies, which are advancing the best interests of local community boards and their agents, without regard for the people themselves. 

The D. Piper Inn remains standing, but sadly not as a public hotel.  We have few regrets as we take another path. 

The D Piper Inn has not been sold. It will remain under family control, but unfortunately will no longer operate as a public hotel or a public inn.  

Our most sincere thanks to all those who have supported us over the last 17 years. We feel blessed indeed! 

Happy Holidays to all the good people of Rockaway Park, in particular, and the Rockaways in general.

Peter Duffy


Beach Erosion

Dear Editor:

I would like to comment on Katie McFadden's article on beach erosion, which ran last week, especially for the sake of those who may be new to Rockaway. Shifting shorelines, both on the ocean and beach side, are normal for barrier islands (Rockaway was not always a peninsula). The natural sea current runs westward off of Rockaway, sweeping beach sand with it. That is the reason the Breezy Point jetty was built — it prevented the sands from filling in Ambrose Channel, a vital shipping lane. In the early 1970s, I was a lifeguard at Beach 98th Street. At that time we had no lifeguard chairs and we sat on the boardwalk steps as at high tide, the ocean ran under the boardwalk. There were wooden jetties but they were ineffective and created underwater hazards. East of Beach 98th Street, there were large beach areas as the stone jetties, or groins, prevented beach erosion. There is no question that those stone groins should have been, and should be now, constructed to the west to prevent beach erosion. Periodically pumping sand onto vanished beaches is a waste of money, not to mention an exercise in futility.

Peter Galvin


Parking Gripe

Dear Editor:

I appreciate the detailed response to my initial message (from Danny Ruscillo, Nov. 16). I've been living in the Surfside buildings for close to three years now and I have yet to see an accident in my time there, though I've seen my share of near misses. I suppose it's a case of if a tree falls in the forest but no one's around to hear it still makes a sound. 

As you mentioned, turn signals would be far more appropriate than turn lanes that take up free street parking spaces. But you did not address the other major complaint I have — Rockaway's parking inequality problem. I understand that the residents of Belle Harbor and Neponsit pay taxes and buy homes with the expectation that street parking will not be allowed on summer weekends. But guess what? I pay taxes too and rented my apartment with the expectation that I would have convenient year-round street parking. That is being taken away from me while nothing changes uptown.

Everybody wants safety, but it does not appear that everybody wants to share an equal burden to ensure it. And that's unfair.

Dylan Watton


Praise and Gripes

Dear Editor:

Great cover photo and article on the “Veteran Plane Takes Flight” in the Nov 9 issue of The Rockaway Times!  I enjoyed reading about the C-97 aircraft that participated in the Berlin air lift so many years ago. I just wish I had seen it in person at Floyd Bennett Field's hangar where it was being restored over the last 15 years. Sometimes we forget that Rockaway is surrounded by so much cool history!

I feel Dylan Watton’s parking pain (Letters) where he lamented the loss of a few more parking spots on Beach 108th Street.  Unfortunately the war against parking spots on summer weekends is not just a Neponsit/ Belle Harbor thing but in parts of Rockaway Park too. Restricting parking seems to be an effective tool for keeping out visitors but actually causes more aggravation for residents. Sort of like cutting off our nose to spite our face. A proposal for additional parking on Shore Front Parkway proved very unpopular and was recently voted down by CB 14.

Even more aggravating than losing parking spots is DOT’s policy of removing entire lanes of traffic on nearly every east-west road on the peninsula. All in the name of progressive, err, progress of course! The City is involved in a new “improvement” project that involves narrowing Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 88th Street to Beach 74th Street to just one lane. When they’re done we will be left with yet another conga line of traffic as now exists on the one-lane Beach Channel Drive and one-lane Shore Front Parkway. DOT should be proud that they are close to achieving their ultimate goal of total gridlock for motorists. Where is the outrage?

On a positive note, kudos to Joe Mure and the many volunteers who put on an even bigger and better show for the benefit of Juvenile Diabetes research this year.  Events like this remind me why it’s so great to live here, as long as you’re not in a car.

Rick Horan


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