Dollar Vans in Far Rockaway

On April 1, 1980, the MTA drivers held an 11-day citywide transit strike in response to not receiving a pay raise in six years. During those 11 days, people in the neighborhood began driving around and picking up residents for the same price as the bus, which at the time was $1.00.

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Rockaway Land, Food & Health

Far Rockaway is a federally-labeled food desert, meaning that residents do not have consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables or healthy food options. Lack of income can make it even more difficult for residents to navigate a food desert. Especially on a peninsula where the median income is $29,000, the cheapest option available is often the least healthy choice.


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Asbestos at Oceanside

New York City Housing Apartments (NYCHA) on Beach 58th Oceanside have found asbestos in a gas pipe inspection. The asbestos was found on July 11th, but residents were not informed until July 23rd. Unfortunately, the residents of Oceanside have to deal with all this on top of not having gas.

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Underground Entrepreneurs: Innovative Business In Far Rock

The Rockaway Advocate went out and investigated unconventional small business practices in Rockaway — people who don’t need a storefront or a standard working environment to build and sustain a successful business. These are Rockaway’s underground entrepreneurs: business owners with the skills and vision to adapt an idea to uncommon challenges, and create a product or service that resonates with people in Rockaway.

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A New Shelter Comes to the Rockaways

Mayor de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide” plan is taking full effect with a new family shelter placed in Rockaway. “Turning the Tide” is a way for de Blasio to find solutions for the homelessness crisis affecting all boroughs. By providing shelters, this will help provide temporary housing so that the residents can find a permanent home to stay.

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Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Thriftway Mall Closure

After decades of advocacy, the city has allocated $288 million to revitalize downtown Far Rockaway. How do we make sure that current business owners and Far Rockaway residents have the tools they need to withstand gentrification from the west side of the peninsula? The Downtown Revitalization project may represent an investment in strengthening the community that is already here.

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Lime vs Pace: Dockless Bike Review

Dockless bikes have arrived in Rockaway! There are two companies operating the bikes on the peninsula: Lime and Pace. The Rockaway Advocate staff went out and tested both Lime and Pace bikes. Here's what we found out. (Plus, a quick survey. And we want to hear what you think!)

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RYTF Update: Joining the Urban Youth Collaborative

RYTF joined UYC in December of 2017, and since then the organization has participated in many more reform activities. We have participated in multiple town halls with UYC (and even with the Mayor), and rallies, a gala, planning committees, and retreats with fellow organizations.

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Update on the JFK Redevelopment Plan

Governor Cuomo introduced the 10 billion JFK redevelopment plan in 2017. Now with a year after the announcement community members are looking for ways they can be involved. On June 17th, a community panel brought experts from the Port Authority and newly hired community outreach members into Rockaway to answer questions and alleviate concerns.

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