Tag: Far Rockaway

Too Far Down: The Rockaway Ferry

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by TODD MULLER What Does Rockaway Ferry Mean for Far Rockaway???? Is Far Rockaway thrilled about the Rockaway Ferry service which set sail on Monday, May 1, from Beach 108th Street, stopping in Sunset Park, then landing in Wall Street?   Correspondent TOod Muller asked commuters and employees near the Rockaway/Mott Av A station this week, the consensus was: Not really. The commuters we spoke with waiting for the A train at the Far on Monday morning had more questions than answers, from “Where is it?” to “How much does it cost?” to “Where does it go?” Far Rockaway resident Beth Navarette travels to Manhattan every weekday. When asked if she thought that the ferry would have any effect on her, she replied, “Probably not.” “Getting to the ferry is a pain,” she added, “I would just

Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Todd Muller   “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me
Addabbo Health Center is Expanding

Addabbo Health Center is Expanding

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
It’s growing! The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center (FHC) in Arverne announced its upcoming expansion on November 15. The site, which sits on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 62nd Street, is adjacent to vacant space. In the past, Addabbo FHC has used the space to host health fairs and for community outreach. With the expansion, the Center will look to increase its exam room capacity by 50% allowing them to increase its annual patient intake by over 24,000 new visitors. The Rockaway Peninsula is home to one hospital, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, located on the Eastern end of the island at Beach 19th Street. In 2012, the Peninsula Hospital Center shutdown. Having only one hospital makes the need for other health outlets even more critical. Maria Springer Torres, who was in attendance
‘The Village’ Gets Hefty Investment for Revitalization

‘The Village’ Gets Hefty Investment for Revitalization

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
On Friday, August 19th, City Commissioners and local elected officials joined NYC    Economic Development (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres Springer and Council Member Donovan Richards to announce plans to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway.  The plans include a hefty investment of $91 million dollars and a collaboration with City Agencies. Downtown Far Rockaway encapsulates the  areas of Mott Avenue from Beach Channel Drive to Cornaga Avenue going from east to west and Central Avenue and Beach 20th Street going from North to South.  The renewal plan will focus on creating affordable housing, attracting retail and entertainment, upgrading infrastructure and realigning of mass transportation in this corridor. This infusion of capital is in addition to investments already in the works
RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

RX for Obesity, Coupons Included

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
Let the healing begin! The Far Rock Urban Agro-Educational Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of “The Healing Garden”, Far Rockaway’s Farmers Market. The garden provides fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs to low-income neighborhoods.    This year, they will be providing an estimated 20-000lbs of food to area pantries. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control reported that two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.  In addition, low income neighborhoods have a generational cycle of diseases including diabetes and hypertension. “There is a legacy that needs to be broken with family after family suffering from diabetes.  We want to give families the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at low costs,” said Dr. Melony Samuels, Founder and Execut

Rockaway Ferry Discontinued, Elected Try to Soften the Blow

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods
Its official. Ferry service to and from the Peninsula has been discontinued.   A joint statement was issued by elected officials which service the area.  It reads, "We are extremely disappointed at the decision to discontinue ferry service to the Rockaways. We will continue to fight for a ferry that the Rockaways deserves and need to connect the peninsula to lower Manhattan."  It is signed by Congressman Gregory Meeks, Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Joe Addabbo, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, AssemblyWoman Michelle Titus and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The statement goes on to address another pressing issue in the Rockaways, homeless shelters. It reads, "We are however very thankful that Mayor De Blasio has decided to withdraw plans to place a hom