Concessions will return to the Rockaways this summer; the boardwalk will take much longer
During Hurricane Sandy, storm surges swept the Rockaways' boardwalk from its moorings and severely damaged the Parks Department buildings home to popular beachfront restaurants like Rockaway Taco and Caracas.
Last night, at a community board meeting in the neighborhood, Queens parks commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski shared some good news, and some bad news, with neighborhood residents.
On the plus side, this summer, the beach will be fully staffed with lifeguards, and the beachfront concessions will return.
According to Rockaway Help, a local blog, and NY1, the department will create small boardwalk-like platforms in front of the restaurant buildings at Beach 86th, 97th and 106th streets, where Rippers, Rockaway Taco and Caracas are located, respectively.
The bathrooms will also be back.
But the Parks Department plans to surround the empty boardwalk pilings, which have a sort of stoic, Stonehenge quality to them at the moment, with chain-link fence will take a while. So will the rebuilding of the boardwalk, which the mayor intends to replace with concrete.
According to Lewandowski, they won't be repaired by this summer, and probably won't be by next summer, either.