2017-06-02 / Columnists

Looking Back


The Rockaway Lobster house opened in 2007, as this Beachcomber item from that year informs us. The signature dish of the restaurant was a fresh, whole, Maine lobster pot. Now, the space at 375 Beach 92nd St. is occupied by local staple Thai Rock The Rockaway Lobster house opened in 2007, as this Beachcomber item from that year informs us. The signature dish of the restaurant was a fresh, whole, Maine lobster pot. Now, the space at 375 Beach 92nd St. is occupied by local staple Thai Rock The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. Through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature. There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s

What The Wave Said…

10 Years Ago…

Thursday morning when many people in Belle Harbor felt their homes shake for a brief period of time. Police investigated, but found nothing. Homeowners from the area between Beach 125th Street and Beach 130th Street called The Wave to ask if we knew what was going on, but we didn't know any more than they did.


In the May 30, 1957 edtion of The Wave, the Belle Harbor Garden Club detailed the origins of “Memorial Circle” for readers. In the May 30, 1957 edtion of The Wave, the Belle Harbor Garden Club detailed the origins of “Memorial Circle” for readers. The National Park Service will cut the ribbon on its new Visitor Contact Station at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard. Park Service officials invite local residents to attend for some trail walks and light refreshments. The ribbon cutting will take place on Monday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

Word on the street is that the owners of Century 21 Realty on Beach 116th Street have packed up and moved to Snug Harbor on Beach 108th Street to make way for the demolition of the building that houses both that realty and the former Georges Florist. We hear that the new building that will be constructed in its place will house both the new Rockaway diner and offices for the realty firm.

The Rockaway Lobster House on Beach 92nd Street and the bayfront is the last of the local restaurants owned by the Good brothers, Kenny and Steve after a long line of restaurants from the Last Stop Café to Delicious Endings, The Beach Club, The Rockaway Sunset Diner, as well as others. The Lobster House is now open six days a week for dinner and for lunch on weekends. With the number of local restaurants shrinking almost daily, it is good to see an eatery expanding its service.

15 Years Ago…

Rockaway's beaches were officially opened last Friday by Deputy Parks Commissioner Liam Kavanagh and Joe Addabbo, our councilman, who also happens to be chair of the Council's Parks Committee. The day before, the city's beaches were officially opened by the parks commissioner and Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That took place in Coney Island. Why not Rockaway? You'll have to ask the mayor that question.

It was surprising that the Memorial Day Parade in Broad Channel was much more sparsely attended than in recent years, while, in Rockaway, the attendance was greater than it has been in years. Both parades went off without a hitch, however, and the weather even cooperated. We would have thought that memories of Sept. 11 would have brought out the multitudes, but they did not.

In last week's Wave, we ran two pages of pictures from the 1952 Memorial Day Parade. This weekend, one of the men leading the parade told me that he was in the pictures, leading off the 1952 parade. A Pearl Harbor survivor, Anthony Mieni has spanned the 50 years of Rockaway history for us. We hope we see him again leading the way in the 2027 parade.

A city EMT has been arrested for stealing a piece of flight 587 after it crashed in Rockaway. Authorities say that the EMT, Michael Johnson, came into Belle Harbor not to assist the injured, but to take a piece of the plane. Johnson has been suspended and nobody will talk about what part of the plane Johnson wound up with.

30 Years Ago...

New York City Council President Andrew Stein is confirming opposition to a 200-bed single room occupancy shelter for single men proposed for Edgemere (between Beach 43rd and 44th streets) with a statement that the “Rockaway community is already doing more than its share in responding to the city's housing crisis.”

Residents of Rockaway Park are fearful that the increase of homeless to the Rockaways will cause more fires and possible disease.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous said, "They are now living in abandoned automobiles in an empty lot on Beach 115th Street. They cook, go to the bathroom and sometimes do drugs on this lot.”

Boys and girls 14-20 years old are welcome to join a 101st Precinct law enforcement post (an Exploring Law Enforcement post set up in cooperation with the Boy Scouts) on Tuesday, June 2, at 5 p.m., on the second floor of the police station at 16-12 Mott Ave., Far Rockaway. Equally welcome are the parents of boys and girls 14-20 years old.

40 Years Ago...

A fairly recent movie was entitled "Is Paris Burning?" We have almost a similar title out here. It is called "Is Rockaway Sinking?" These are not just simple potholes, but actual cave-ins where streets are sinking due to the drainage of the sand underneath.

Well it looks like the Revitalization Committee has room for another walkway. The fire that consumed Berg's Florsheim shoes and Fogel's fish market in Far Rockaway did quite a job. If the committee is not looking for another walkway they can always expand the parking lot.

The beaches in the Arverne area look beautiful. Ditto for the beaches in Edgemere. This would be an ideal spot for hotels and gambling casinos.

You could not have asked for a more beautiful Memorial Day weekend. There were throngs of people at the beaches and all the stores were doing a brisk business. Rockaways' Playland was also playing to a packed house.

50 Years Ago...

Worshippers at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Beach Channel Drive and Beach 71st Street, Arverne, were showered with glass Sunday evening when a stone was hurled through the window in the midst of the evening services.

Dennis Gorman, Jeff Lowe, Lenny Spier, Joel Weiser and Harvey Brody, all students, are organizers of a protest rally that will picket Transit Authority headquarters in Brooklyn against the double fare.

The 101st Precinct PAL baseball program is slated to begin June 30, and continue through the summer.

60 Years Ago...

Miss Deanne Lita Joseph of Belle Harbor wed Joel M. Gerstel of Belle Harbor at the Casa Del Redy, Brooklyn, with Dr. Robert Gordis of Temple Beth-El of Belle Harbor officiating.

Some of the spectators watching the Memorial Day parade will recall the days when John Corning Post Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) members used to file along the boulevard to attend memorial services. Grosvenor Hoffman, the last Rockaway veteran of the Civil War died some years ago.

Susan Brooks of 10-56 Gipson St., Far Rockaway will perform for three successive weeks on the "Big Payoff" television show.

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