Category Archives: Business and Economics
Oy Vey, JFK!
As I write, the regional planning honchos are joining together at a conference in Lower Manhattan to debate the future of our local airports–to be specific, JFK…and Jamaica Bay. A foot of snow may have delayed the breakfast portion of … Continue reading
The Vandalia Dunes Are Gone–Is Four Sparrow Marsh the Next to Go?
Frankly, I’m shocked about the new stores being proposed for just north of the Flatbush Avenue exit of the Belt Parkway, near Toys R’ Us. However, members of Community Board 18 in Brooklyn have “warmed” to the idea, according to Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. I’m sure … Continue reading
How to “Rock Shop” for the Holidays (c) 2010 Vivian R. Carter
The last few shopping days before Christmas have arrived; it’s liberating to assiduously avoid going anywhere near a mall. There are many great Rockaway businesses where you can buy thoughtful and unique gifts. First stop is to browse The Beach Gallery at Sunlites Stained Glass … Continue reading
Round One–NYC Waterfront Advocates Dispute Rockaway’s Claim to “Sixth Borough” Title
I did not attend the waterfront conference in Manhattan yesterday, sponsored by Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. For those of us in the contingent work force, that would be rough. What I earn each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday pays the rent. However, the … Continue reading
Mailboxes are not Bulletin Boards. Street Trees Belong to Us All. Norman Rockwell’s Paintings Do Not.
Home values are affected by many factors. Exclusive zoning is critical, and a tidy-looking, tree-shaded street scene contributes value to all the homes located on a particular block. When I was looking for a new apartment six months ago, the outdoor … Continue reading
The sky looked ominous–with that deep gray harbinger of possible thunderstorms–as the sun set on Tuesday, October 5. Hundreds of fed-up residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel were undaunted. By 6:30 p.m., a revved-up crowd had gathered along Beach Channel Drive at the foot of … Continue reading
Give Your Children Roots and Wings! Floyd Bennett Planning Moves Ahead
Blue Ribbon Task Force Hearings Held in September 2010 at Aviator and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Continue reading
Rockaway’s a Food Desert, Reclaiming the Waterfront and Other Misleading Notions
“Please look closely at real cities. While you are looking, you might as well also listen, linger and think about what you see.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I was idling at the traffic light … Continue reading
Holland Seaside Group Chalks One Up for Light and Air
A close vote at CB 14’s September meeting could spell the end for Frameworks’ proposed 57-unit tower at 93-06 Shorefront Parkway. Continue reading