They have to come back. Just like the Jersey Shore, just like Red Hook, just like Coney Island and the rest of our battered seashores. The sea is what makes living in these parts bearable. Or, as my son used to sing, changing the Ramones lyrics just a little bit, “It’s not hard, not far to reach, we gotta boogie down to Rockaway Beach.”
Year in Review/Odds ‘N Ends. I’d like to take a minute here to recommend Shop Rite on McDonald as the best alternative until Fairway comes back…Go Brooklyn Nets!...Also thanks to Arthur Rhine for pointing out that in the story on Duke Snider, in which I wrote that Jackie Robinson retired rather than be traded to the Giants after the 1956 season, “Several days before the Dodger brass announced that they were trading Jackie to the Giants, he had already sold the rights to an exclusive story regarding his retirement to Look Magazine. Jackie had decided he was retiring because he felt his skills were fading and Look made him keep it secret in order to maximize sales.” So another piece of Dodger folklore bites the dust – just like the notion that Walter O’Malley schemed to move the team to Los Angeles when it now appears Robert “Let’s Take The Car” Moses was the true culprit…And finally, a shout out to all the folks who worked so hard in the days after Sandy to clear our streets of all the downed trees. Sanitation, Parks, Fire, Police, thank you. Especially the Sanitation Department – you guys rocked! And I cannot say enough good things about the efforts of neighbors to provide help to those battered by Sandy in Red Hook and Rockaway. I am proud to be a West Midwoodite…er, I mean Argyle Heightsian. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 for all!