Thanks to Aunt Abby Ryder

From the water, the Wharf doesn't look like much...

The Wharf from the water. Copyright 2011 Vivian R. Carter

The summer media campaign for my book, Images of America: Rockaway Beach, closes on a high note, thanks to Aunt Abby’s historic bayfront clam chowder house.  Today’s New York Times Dining Section features an article and photo spread, “Where Pirates Can Dock and Dine in New York.”

The piece, written by Daniel Maurer, includes images shot at local bayfront restaurants by Daniel Krieger. Area establishments profiled are Thai Rock, Bungalow Bar, Bayview, and The Wharf.

Maurer’s review is critical of the fish taco wrappers at the Wharf. But he fails to mention the most pertinent point–the filling is fresh Long Island cod filets, not refreshed tilapia.

Don’t miss the slide show on the Times web page, as well.  I had run into Maurer at a Bungalow Bar book signing in July, and he graciously purchased a copy so he could inform himself about the peninsula’s history.  Maurer cited me and my book as the source for details on the history of waterfront dining dating back to Rockaway’s earliest days.  Enjoy his in-depth coverage of our neighborhood by clicking on this link:

Dining Room at the magical bay-front venue, Thai Rock. Copyright 2011 Robert F. Carter

Other exceptional media coverage–the July 27 interview on WFUV 90.7 FM’s public service program, Cityscapes.  Listen to the full 30-minute audio program by clicking here:  There’s also a fun 2 minute teaser from WFUV’s Facebook page, if you click here:

The July 12 New York Daily News feature on my book by Lisa Colangelo, with a photo by Jeff Bachner, was also very complimentary. Read it here:

I also have to mention the piece that got it all started, a double-page spread on the cover of the Forest Hills Ledger Q Guide of June 28. Read it by clicking this link:

Of course, several articles and complimentary commentary have also been written in The Wave and The Rockaway Point News.   A glowing review was published by the website

All in all, the reception of my book by the citywide print and electronic media has been overwhelming.  I am proud to have made this contribution to the literature about my hometown.  Thanks to everyone who has purchased the book.  Thanks also to the Silver Gull Club of Breezy Point for hosting my Campus at the Pool adult education series in July and August. I apologize that I was not able to conduct some planned walking tours of Rockaway Beach over the summer.  The street repairs have made it too hazardous to do this.

In September, I plan to launch a 6-week local history book club for residents. We will be reading five titles on the history of Rockaway, and perusing several interesting historical pamphlets.   During the month of October, I will be delivering a lecture at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing,  conducting a program at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Fresh Meadows in conjunction with the public history classes at St. John’s University, and delivering one of the presentations in the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Dates will be announced soon.

About rockviv

You've entered the cyber-locale of Vivian Rattay Carter, a grant writer employed by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation in The South Bronx. I've lived and worked in the New York metro area since 1979, in diverse places like Astoria and Rockaway Beach (Queens), Kensington and Windsor Terrace (Brooklyn), Grand Street and Tribeca (Manhattan), and Norwood, Woodlawn, and Riverdale (The Bronx). I treasure the amazing parks, architecture, and cultural institutions of our multicultural city, as well as the musicians and music lovers who enjoy congregating here.
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4 Responses to Thanks to Aunt Abby Ryder

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Vivian
    Thanks so much for all the research and work you put into the publication of your wonderful book about Rockaway. You have certainly helped toi put us on the map of he general public!!
    We can only hope that we in the Rockaways are able to get the attention of the politicos in order to improve on much needed services such as better transportation and getting new access points to ourscenic

    beautiful Jamaica Bay.

    • rockviv says:

      Hi, Kate,
      It was good to receive more comments from you about my blog and my book. Thanks for the compliments. I confess that events in Rockaway over the past few weeks have shaken my confidence in the usefulness of civic action. I’m starting to think that perhaps we need to figure out some more powerful and meaningful ways to make our voices heard. Lawsuits? Boycotts? Demonstrations? Not quite sure of where to turn, but will keep trying… Rock Viv

  2. Kate says:

    Keep up the great work Vivian!!!
    Please keep us updated on your upcoming resident’s book class/course on the history of Rockaway.
    Any idea about the dates, times of the class?
    Thx again,

    • rockviv says:

      I have been trying to work out a schedule with Seaside Library (Beach 117th Street), to have 6 sessions from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., on Monday evenings in October and November.
      Let me know if that works for you.
      Rock Viv

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