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Cori Meets Covid

Early in the week of March 16, I began to play that game we all play as we feel a “little something” coming on. We feel that slight tickle in the throat, fight back that cough and ignore that ever so slight temperature. We’ve all been there! Although, of course, when we were kids with those very symptoms, we would shrewdly tell mom about them the very second they appeared, almost guaranteeing a day out “sick” from school. Of course, as an adult, with a job to get to and bills to pay, I waged a fierce mental battle for almost three days. Winning battle after mental battle, until what I suspected...

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Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters

Rockaway Solutions Not Shelters is a group of concerned citizens who fiercely oppose the development of an all-male homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street, as  it is planned. This fundraiser will be an ongoing effort until the City of New York can come up with a more comprehensive and compassionate plan to help 116 homeless men, who are victims of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s shell game scam called the homeless shelter system. A scam of a system that lets human beings sleep overnight on a cot, in a warehouse for more than $120 per night, then forcing them back out onto the street during the day. All...

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Call/Email and Vote

Bobby Butler of Indaculture fame made, what is in my opinion, the greatest observation in the Beach 101st Street shelter debate. He expressed bewilderment as to how a developer could convert a warehouse on Beach 101st Street into a homeless shelter in less six months. His bewilderment was born out of the fact that it has taken the Harbor Light almost six years to rebuild and get permits. The mere fact that two projects take such disproportionate amounts of time to navigate the city’s Department of Buildings’ massive bureaucracy is glaring. One can only surmise that there are injustices at play...

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Four months ago, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver closed multiple beaches in Rockaway Beach due to severe erosion. He cited concern for the difficulties NYC Lifeguards would have keeping these beaches safe for swimming. Commissioner Silver also voiced his concerns that limited recreational beach space would lead to sunbathers and beachgoers migrating onto what is left of the already severely damaged protective sacrificial dune. By closing the beaches of Rockaway Beach, the Commissioner, thankfully, has clearly acknowledged, on behalf of the City of New York,  that the protection, which...

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So it’s been announced that the beaches will be closed on a half-mile stretch of Rockaway Beach. SHOCKER! We have been warning everyone with power to do something about our beach erosion in Rockaway Beach for decades now.  It does not surprise me in the least, that the can of proper resiliency measures has been kicked down the road all these years. These current beach closures are not that much different than last year. The difference this year is, the beaches are “officially closed.” Unless you lived in the Beach 90s last summer, you may not have known that Beach 91st to Beach...

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Better Than 5 Golden Rings

Since early summer,  many local civic leaders have been hammering away at the City with concerns that our Rockaway beaches are once again eroding at an alarming rate. Thankfully, NYC Parks and the City heard us, and ordered a 90-day study (yes another study) of the erosion of our beaches. Sadly, the study revealed what we all know, our beaches are eroding! The biggest problem is NO ACTION! This means we are at the mercy of the Army Corps of Engineers’ planned timeline for our beach reconstruction, which is currently scheduled to begin on our beaches around 2020-2021. So where do we stand? The...

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The Money Spin

On Sunday, October 29 at the YMCA on Beach 73rd street, the Mayor came to announce that the Rockaway peninsula would be finally receiving funding for resiliency and recovery measures of $146 million for the installation of bulkheads and replacement of parks washed away by Sandy. The Mayor said this funding is from “left over” funds to build the boardwalk, taking credit for bringing the boardwalk in under budget. What a crock! The extra $146 million was sent along by FEMA for Rockaway resiliency (bulkheads and raised shore lines on the bay) and recovery (rebuild what was destroyed...

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Show Us The Love

Just when I thought it was about the kids, I quickly learned that it was much, much more. This past Saturday a group of “civically-minded people” gathered at the wave bus shelter at Beach 107 and Shore Front Parkway (WEEDway). We hung a large 4’ x 15’ banner reminding NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver that over one mile of parks in Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park is still not reconstructed since Superstorm Sandy completely obliterated every inch of park and playground from Beach 87th to Beach 108th. After the banner was hung, more than seventy-five people stopped by to sign...

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Rally For The WEED-way

Out of sight out of mind! That seems to be what NYC Parks is counting on from the people of Rockaway when it concerns about the desolate and barren stretch of Shore Front Parkway. From Beach 86th Street to Beach 108th Street, what stands today is just overgrown weeds instead of parks and playgrounds. We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing weeds instead of parks and playgrounds along Shore Front Parkway that I may make a motion at the next CB 14 meeting to change the name to “Shore Front WEEDway” instead of “PARKway.” Those who may have arrived on our 11-mile slice...

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