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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!)Read More
Charles Jacobs is the proud owner of the Dred Surfer, located on Beach 17th, which provides quick bites with traditional Caribbean dishes. Jacobs’ grassroots business practices include working hard and simply enjoying his work. These practices have provided the foundation to create East Rockaway only concession stand that provides services all year round. Jacobs believes that it doesn’t take a special trick in order to have a successful business. “No big secret to what we do, we just work hard and enjoy what we do,” said Jacobs.