One sign that the Rockaways will maintain its recently attained status as a fashionable destination for hipstery types, even after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the barrier peninsula:
After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the A train to the Rockaways, the Bloomberg administration instituted a city-subsidized ferry to the barrier peninsula, the sort of thing residents there had been wanting for years.
Moses intended Shore Front Parkway to link Brooklyn to the Hamptons, but his plans never quite panned out. Today, the parkway is lightly used, and some of its lanes have been converted to parking.(3)
Hurricane Sandy may have ravaged the Rockaways, but here's a sign that the hipsterification of the barrier peninsula is continuing apace: the neighborhood is getting a surf-themed wine bar.(4)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon responded to the folks who, during the St. Patricks Day Parade in the Rockaways on Saturday, heckled him.(2)
Last night, a representative from the city told residents of the Rockaways that lifeguards and the popular beach concessions would return this summer, and but that complete boardwalk repair would take much longer.
“They ran out of poles, believe it or not,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday, referring to the Long Island Power Authority, which is still scrambling to restore power to Long Island and Queens residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “They ran out of poles. You know, poles are something that a utility company would want to have, you would think. You look at what a utility company does, it basically comes down to wire and poles and crews and trucks. These are things you would want to have. How can you run out of poles?”
On Sunday, during a meeting in the Rockaways, Nicholas Lizanich, LIPA's vice president of transmission and distribution operations, said Cuomo was wrong.
He also said that Cuomo, as the state's chief executive, is in charge of the very authority he's dragging through the mud.(1)
The Rockaways have no subway service off the peninsula for the foreseeable future.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this evening ordered the evacuation of four health care facilities in the path of tomorrow's northeaster.
The Williamsburg set's summer migration to Rockaway shows no signs of abating.
Yesterday, Sam Morrill, the co-founder of Rockabus, a recently launched bus running between Williamsburg and Rockaway, announced the service would be expanding.
The young white things bound for Rockaway Beach coalesce at Broadway Junction, the subway station where Bushwick, Brownsville and East New York converge, and where the J and L trains meet the beach-bound A.(1)
On Friday morning, just hours before Governor Andrew Cuomo was to reveal that talks to build a $4 billion convention center in Queens had collapsed, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder climbed a rusty trestle to an abandoned train track lush with plant life and described how the nearby convention center development might spark a rejuvenation of the long-derelict railroad, and by extension, southeastern Queens.(3)