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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
Parks And EDC To Commence New Boardwalk Work The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced some preparation work to be done in Phase 5B of the new boardwalk plan, which runs from Beach 38th to Beach 19th Street. “EDC plans to erect fencing on the landside north of the boardwalk to begin site preparation including clearing, grubbing and grading,” the message from Alexander Maureau, the project development coordinator, said. “No work will take place south of the boardwalk. EDC would like to start this prep work at the end of January and will work with [the Parks Department] to set up a pre-construction meeting this summer, before any active construction work commences on the boardwalk.” Any residents with questions or concerned are encouraged to contact Maureau at 718-520-5939 or Alexander. Maureau@parks.nyc.gov, or contact Portia Dyrenforth at Portia. Dyrenforth@parks.nyc.gov.
Speed Bump And Crosswalk Markings Scheduled For Far Rock New crosswalk markings and an additional speed bump will be added to some Far Rockaway streets. The markings will be at Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court and the speed bmp will be at Beach 17th Street between Brookhaven Avenue and Plainview Avenue, near St. John’s Episcopal Hosptial. The painting will be completed in Spring 2016. “These are tremendous improvements to areas that have long been a concern in Far Rockaway,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said. “The new crosswalk markings will make Beach 9th and Roosevelt a safer, less confusing intersection for our families and the speed bump on Beach 17th will slow down speeding cars and protect pedestrians as they walk to school.”
Terrace Fire at Surfside A high-rise fire occurred in the early hours of Sunday, January 17 at the Surfside buildings. An apartment fire broke out on the eighth floor of the 13-story building at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway. The blaze occurred on the terrace of a three-bedroom apartment. A call was received about six minutes after midnight and the FDNY arrived within four minutes. The fire was under control by 12:35 a.m. There was water and smoke damage, but no one was injured as no one was home at the time. “We consider ourselves very lucky,” the resident said. It is believed that a faulty outlet on the terrace led to the fire. In March 2015, another Surfside apartment fire occurred at 107-10 Shore Front Parkway, resulting in the death of a 77-yearold woman on the 7th floor.
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Cracking Down on Terrorism NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and other members of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, are looking to advance several anti-terrorism bills. The seven proposals that garnered Addabbo’s support are aimed at cracking down on terrorism recruitment; addressing cyber security threats; providing greater punishment for those who solicit or support for terrorist acts; fighting back against terror threats against police officers, and establishing a New York State Terrorist Registry. “We need to make sure that hateful criminals whose only agenda is to bring tragedy and suffering down upon our residents continue to fail in their twisted and despicable campaigns of destruction,” Addabbo said. The package of legislation approved by the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee will now be sent to other appropriate committees for review or may otherwise move closer to a vote by the full Senate.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
The Boatel That Fell To Earth BOWIE INSPIRED PROJECT IN THE WORKS
By Dylan Watton
David Bowie was the master of reinvention, drifting flawlessly from Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke to the Goblin King, all the while creating new musical identities with each successive album. But perhaps his most lasting creation is Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous alien rock star from Mars who encouraged freaking out in a moonage daydream and pleaded for humans to hang on to ourselves. In the spirit of the legendary cultural figure, who died at the age of 69 last week after a battle with cancer, Philipp Mohr and a host of artists local and otherwise are in the process of redesigning a houseboat at Marina 59, aptly named Ziggy Stardust. “I was looking for a name that’s inspiring, something that has open-mindedness,” Mohr said on the boat as “Heroes” and other Bowie classics played in the background. “It’s such an artistic
community here. That character represents so much—it’s weird, creative, on the fringe of society and not conforming.” Mohr also said that Bowie’s constant change in character represents human nature in general, as no person remains static for their entire life. The big blue boat is in the middle of a renovation and when it is finished Mohr will seek to turn it into a “boatel,” a place for outof-towners to stay for a few days while they catch some waves and explore the rest of what the peninsula has to offer. Mohr and a variety of associates including Greg DeGroat, Nick Hotto, and Laura Petrucci are building bunk beds, finishing the floors, and painting doors in preparation for an April or May opening. Other artists who are fixing up the boat include Sean Rice, Atticus Moorman, Nick Bendik, Grace Eddy, Lacey Carter, and Will Sheehan. The current plan is to have ap-
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