2015-08-21 / Community

No Day At The Beach

By Dan Guarino


Power outages left crowds of beachgoers stranded on Cross Bay Boulevard at Noel Road in Broad Channel. 
Photo by Dan Guarino Power outages left crowds of beachgoers stranded on Cross Bay Boulevard at Noel Road in Broad Channel. Photo by Dan Guarino A power outage struck parts of the Rockaways on Aug. 15, affecting residents and commuters alike.

Residents as far as Breezy Point reported a sudden loss of electricity around 11:30 a.m. In Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor, shopkeepers and customers were left to mill outside of businesses along Beach 129th and Beach 116th streets.

At Broad Channel Station, services on the Rockaway Park Shuttle and the Mott Avenue A Train were suspended in both directions. While some beachbound riders stayed to wait on the platform, many more, with beach bags, chairs, boogie boards, coolers, carts and children in tow walked up to Cross Bay Boulevard. People poured off the curbs and into the street as many waited for already overcrowded buses.

Others decided to take their chances and walk. Drivers on the Cross Bay Bridge reported seeing hundreds of people crossing the span and pouring into Rockaway under the hot sun.

Many Broad Channel residents looked on with bemusement at a sight that is not entirely unfamiliar to them. Some offered directions, while others proffered rides.

One man who came around to drop a couple and their two young boys at the beach said, “When I was little my parents would take all of us kids out to Rockaway. I’m sure that if they broke down along the way, somebody would have helped them out.

“Hopefully this didn’t put too much of a dent in their day at the beach.”

The MTA was able to restore power approximately two hours later and trains and passengers were smoothly moving along again by 2 p.m.

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