Op-ed: Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Rail Line


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

n recent years, we’ve seen tremendous growth and progress. At same time, we’ve struggled together to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy over two years ago. Now, as we continue forward, we have a real opportunity to make lasting changes that will speed our recovery, benefit our local businesses and improve our neighborhoods in the years to come.

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MTA improvement plan may benefit restoration of Rockaway Beach Rail Line


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File photo

South Queens has one of the longest commute times to Midtown Manhattan out of any area in the five boroughs. But changes may soon be made as part of a new study released by the Metropolitan Transit Authority that could undermine a proposal to turn an unused Queens rail line into a park.

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Queens Public Transit Committee holds rally in favor of Rockaway Beach Rail Line


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Photo courtesy of Phillip McManus

The demonstration, which was put together by the Queens Public Transit Committee, took place at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard, where supporters for the rail line held up signs and showed others why they believe the restoration of the rail line is in the best interest of residents in Queens.

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Dozens of Rockaway beaches closed for swimming due to lack of lifeguards, Sandy damages


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Salvatore Licata

As of June 19, only 29 of the more than 100 beaches in the Rocakaways are open to swimming because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy coupled with a dearth of lifeguards, the Parks Department said.

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Transit committee finds new support for restarting Rockaway Beach Line


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Photo courtesy Jeff Liao

Members of the Queens Public Transit Committee thanked Community Board 5 for voicing support to restart the defunct Rockaway Beach Line instead of backing the QueensWay park idea.

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Challenges on restoration of Long Island Rail Road services to Rockaway Beach


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

No one should make any plans to wait for a train to arrive at any new station along the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road branch that ran between Rego Park to Ozone Park and further south to the Rockaways any time soon. History has told us that construction of any major new transportation […]

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Queens College to study options for abandoned Rockaway Beach line


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THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

Transportation advocates have had resurrection on the mind for the abandoned Rockaway Beach line (RBL), and are now getting local support to see if their vision can become a reality. Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder announced on Monday that Queens College will undertake a study to assess the proposed options for the tracks. Along with a rail […]

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Rockaway Beach Rail Line on track


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For years, we have rallied, screamed and petitioned to demand better transit options for our communities in southern Queens and finally our voices were heard. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released its Twenty-Year Capital Needs Assessment, which included the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line as part of its plans for the future. The […]

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MTA plan includes restoring Rockaway Beach Rail Line


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Office of Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

The Rockaway rail line will soon be back on track. The MTA released its 20-Year Capital Needs Assessment, which includes the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line. “This report is a huge step forward,” said Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder. Goldfeder petitioned Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Port Authority and MTA last year in hopes of bringing […]

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Officials detail sand restoration plan for Rockaway Beach


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Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr

Rockaway Beach is coming back, potentially better than before. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the Army Corps of Engineers, city agency officials and various elected officials on Thursday, August 15 to detail the sand restoration plan for Rockaway Beach. The plan’s first phase will replenish 600,000 cubic yards of sand, while the second phase restores 3.5 […]

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Photos: Sandcastle competition hits Rockaway Beach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Derek Scultz/Courtesy Creative Time.

A group of 10 artists and their teams came to Rockaway Beach on Friday, August 9 to battle it out at Creative Time’s Second Annual Sandcastle Competition. First prize, a “‘gold” shovel, a bucket with a bottle of tequila and a $500 check, went to Jamie Isenstein for “Disappearing Sculptures;” second prize, a “silver” shovel […]

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