Many of us have seen the "after" pictures of the Rockaways. The wrecked buildings, the people still without power, the neighborhood that neither the City, the State nor FEMA quite know what to do about.
But, thanks to a MSNBC commentator, I got to see the "before", of families frolicking on the beach, of surfers riding the subway, of pigeons that have learned to ride the A train over Jamaica Bay. The pigeons commute, the easy way, from the Rockaways to the mainland.
I wanted to share this with you, because this is another New York City the tourist will never know.
Arverne, on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, suffered its share of damage from Hurricane Sandy. And now, it is starting to develop sinkholes. Part of the neighborhood may end up in a sinkhole. The other part may mold away. Sounds pretty grim, doesn't it.
Not exactly. What ever happened to the Arverne by the Sea development I mentioned in my 2010 blog post?
You may not believe it, and this gives a lot of us hope. Perhaps there is hope for the Rockaways. Arverne, one of the grittier parts of this pennisula, may help show the way.
Destruction or hope? I don't envy the residents of the Rockaways, but I am glad that I was, in a very small way, part of their neighborhoods once upon a time.
Tomorrow - whatever happened to Red Hook?