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First 500 feet of new Hamilton Beach ‘boardwalk’ constructed


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

The repair work on the Hamilton Beach walkway connecting the town to the Coleman Square train station is making strides.

The first 500 feet of the now-concrete walkway has been built and officials hope the nearly 2,000-foot path will be fully constructed by the end of September, said Sal Simonetti, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich, at the Hamilton Beach Civic Association meeting on Aug. 14.

The concrete walkway is expected to be a bit wider than the original wooden boardwalk and will have handrails and lighting, according to Roger Gendron, president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association.

Work began on May 17, nearly two and a half years after the bridge was rendered too dangerous to use because of damage from Superstorm Sandy.

A look at what the boardwalk looked like after Superstorm Sandy (Photo courtesy of Roger Gendron)

What the boardwalk looked like after Superstorm Sandy (Photo courtesy of Roger Gendron)

Part of the delay was attributed to uncertainty as to which city agency was responsible for the repairs. Ultimately, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services took responsibility and started the repair.

The walkway allows residents a straight path from the train station to Hamilton Beach. Residents have had to take a circuitous route into Hamilton Beach, which included a trek down Russell Street, which lacks an adequate sidewalk.

Even though the plans are mapped out to have the walkway finished by the end of September, Simonetti made it clear that this date was not set in stone.

But Gendron said he was happy that Hamilton Beach is finally starting to get some of its biggest issues addressed.

“This walkway is crucial for the residents of our neighborhood who need access to the Coleman Square train station,” Gendron said. “This will give our neighbors easier access into town and make for safer conditions while doing so.”

 

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Repairs begin on Hamilton Beach boardwalk after Sandy damage


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Photo courtesy of Roger Gendron

The city is finally repairing the boardwalk connecting Hamilton Beach and Howard Beach after Superstorm Sandy made it dangerous to use.

“No one from the city wanted to step up and take responsibility,” said Roger Gendron, the president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association. “But [Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office] kept going and going to get this done.”

While Ulrich’s office pushed for the repairs, which began on May 15, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is ultimately responsible for doing the work since it owns the property, according to the councilman. But the department wasn’t quick to admit ownership and instead they told the community that the MTA owned the land. The two debated ownership, causing a delay in repairs.

“This is an issue we’ve been working on for more than a year,” Ulrich said. “We kept going back and forth with DCAS. We were relentless. The city has to accept responsibility for its property and we’re here to make sure that happens.”

When the flooding hit the area, Gendron explained, the boardwalk became uprooted, and now, the once-straight boardwalk curves and drops in many spots. The boardwalk also sustained damages to the individual planks. Construction workers were observed by Gendron on Tuesday, May 20, working on the site.

Hamilton Beach is a small sliver of Howard Beach and is separated from the rest of the neighborhood by canals and waterways. In an area with less than a handful of ways in and out, the boardwalk is used as a main walkway for people going to and from the Howard Beach A train station.

“Anytime we lose any way out of Hamilton Beach, it hurts,” Gendron said.

Gendron and Ulrich both said that this repair is just one among many things that needs to be fixed.

“It’s just one part of the community that needed repairs and we aim to fix them all,” Ulrich said.

DCAS did not respond to comment requests before press time, and no completion date has been set by the department. When the project is complete, according to Gendron, the department will replace the wooden planks with a concrete walkway and new railings.

 

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Body discovered inside garbage bag in Rockaways


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The body of a man was found inside a garbage bag in the Rockaways Monday morning, police said.

Officers discovered the body about 9:50 a.m. on Beach 40th Street between Edgemere Avenue and the boardwalk, according to officials.

Police said the unidentified man is about 30 years old.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing, cops said.

 

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Bloomberg says new boardwalks will be concrete


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Worries about splinters when walking barefoot in the Rockaways might be gone by next summer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to restore the boardwalk. But others say rebuilding the span should not be priority number one.

The mayor told the editorial board of The Wave, the Rockaway’s local weekly newspaper, that it probably won’t be rebuilt by the summer. But when the boardwalk does come back, it probably won’t have the traditional wooden planks.

“I guess this settles the issue of wooden boardwalks versus concrete boardwalks,” Bloomberg told the paper. “There will be no more wooden boardwalks in Rockaway or anywhere else. I don’t know that we can reconstruct the boardwalk before this summer, but it will be done.”

Much of the planked walkway was destroyed by the strong waves of Sandy. Despite measures to protect it, many pieces were thrown from their concrete supports and up against beachfront apartment buildings, or carried by waves and flood waters north into the streets of Rockaway.

Some locals, however, feel the boardwalk focus is not the right thing to tackle first; rather, it’s storm prevention.

John Cori with Friends of Rockaway Beach, a peninsula-wide advocacy group, said the real focus should be wave-resistant structures on the beach, such as concrete jetties upon which boardwalks can then be constructed.

“You’ve got to build a sea wall first and then build a boardwalk on top of that,” he said. “To allow the Bloomberg administration to put concrete slabs on top of the skeleton of what was the boardwalk…[won’t] prevent this from happening again.”

Cori said there were certain spots of concrete boardwalk that would perfectly accommodate wave walls and prevent further damage to homes. But before any new boardwalks should be replaced, storm prevention should be examined before anything else.

“Let’s concentrate on how strong your house is going to be before you focus on your moulding.”

Queens Morning Roundup


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Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

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