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Bummer. We saw a listing that the old Sand Bar property on Beach 116th and the Boardwalk was ready to be leased and we ready for a beachfront happy hour. But alas, the listing broker had the wrong photo and it's the vacant lot across from the new condos that can be leased on a temp or short-term basis.

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For the seventh year in a row, The Rockaway Times won multiple awards at the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, a statewide competition among New York newspapers. Guess that means we’re not only free but pretty good, too.  Truth be told, the credit goes to our managing editor, Katie McFadden. She’s either writing award winning stories, making award winning videos, or compiling top notch photos and stories that deserve statewide recognition. Kudos to Katie.

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Last call. Really. The Rockaway Times Photo Contest is accepting entries through tomorrow, Friday April 16 at midnight (if you’re one of those who insist on being last minute). Please see the ad below for details.

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Speaking of photos, we got a notice from Erica Reade, who is looking to produce a nostalgic photo book about being in love on New York City beaches. Rockaway and Fort Tilden are featured prominently in her work. You can help her get the book made by going to her www.gofundme.com  page (search A NYC Summer Love Story).

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Far out, far off. Oh, Andrew. Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang recently referred to Rockaway as “The Far Rockaways.” Just as bad, former Parks Commissioner Adrien Benepe came to Yang’s defense in a Tweet: “Almost all NYC residents call Rockaway Beach area ‘the Far Rockaways’ and don’t have the insider’s knowledge of the actual names.” Huh? Yes, “almost all” if almost all means zero.

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More than 4,200 people have now signed up to receive The RT by email. It’s a clean, easy way of checking out the weekly paper online. You can go to Rockawaytimes.com and hit subscribe or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be sure to add you to the list.

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The Rockaway Times Summer Guide is scheduled to be published Thursday, May 27. If you’re an advertiser, you don’t want to be left out of the annual magazine. Call us 718-634-3030 and reserve a space.

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Rocco’s Of Roc Beach is now open. The spiffy new place on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 115th is a much welcomed addition to the area. (We snuck in on Tuesday for a preview and we’re happy to report that it’ll be worth a visit or two or three).

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When one Rocco’s opens, another closes. After 45 years in business, Mr. Rocco’s Unisex Hair Salon on Beach 116th Street will be closing its doors on Sunday, April 18. Some of the staff will be going to other nearby salons. There are rumors that another salon will open in its place. We wish everyone the best.

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Avoid The Day Bookstore & Café does a great job keeping locals reminded that a good old fashioned book store is in Rockaway. And the place is often buzzing with neat stuff. On Saturday, April 24 they’ll host a number of authors including Jill Eisenstadt (From Rockaway, Swell), Mark Healey (Gotham Baseball), and Dan Brown (The Sometimes Why) who will be on hand for book signings and Q and A’s. The place is located at 9904 RBB.

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