The beaches, a prime destination for a summer afternoon are so inaccessible that Mayor Bill de Blasio takes a police boat to reach them for press conferences.
The city needs to do something quickly and there are so many obvious plans sitting right in front of them. The only problem is that they’re not willing to spend their money while we’re repeatedly asked to spend ours.
It seems almost surreal that drivers are asked to forfeit over $3 to enter Rockaway by way of Howard Beach and Broad Channel. You are traveling within Queens, never setting tire in another borough.
Thinking about taking the train? Half of the peninsula is nearly inaccessible, thanks to infrequent A service and a forced transfer to a shuttle. If the city wants to get serious about promoting the untapped treasure that is their beaches for tourism's sake, A service to 116th Street in Rockaway needs to be full time.
There’s also a defunct rail station just sitting there in disrepair, begging to be utilized.
Getting out to Coney Island or Brighton Beach is significantly easier. One could travel out to Coney Island from anywhere in Manhattan or Queens without paying a single toll, by bridge shopping and using free East River crossings.
Does that seem 100 percent fair, as they’re both free, public beaches? Or is Queens getting the short end of the surfboard?
This is the perfect opportunity for the city to look at all the potential tourism revenue that can be generated from miles of sparkling sand and beautiful blue water.