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.
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.