Rockaway Peninsula, Queens | DiverseCITY

Rockaway Peninsula, Queens | DiverseCITY


>>I AM NEW YORK. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]>>I AM NEW YORK. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]>>WE ARE NEW YORK.>>WELCOME TO DIVERSECITY. WE EXPLORE NEW YORK’S ENCLAVES ONE NEIGHBORHOOD AT A TIME. I’M ZYPHUS LEBRUN. THIS MONTH, WE ARE HERE IN ROCKAWAY PARK, QUEENS. THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ONE OF 10 COMMUNITIES ALONG THE 11 MILE LONG ROCKAWAY PENINSULA. MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE POPULATION HERE IDENTIFIES AS AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LIVE TOWARDS THE EASTERN END IN AREAS SUCH AS EDGEMERE AND FAR ROCKAWAY. THE PENINSULA IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERNMOST SECTION OF QUEENS. IT’S BORDERED BY JAMAICA BAY IN THE NORTH, AND THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN THE SOUTH. ITS LOCATION WAS PART OF THE REASON THE AREA WAS SO RAVAGED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY IN OCTOBER 2012. THE COMMUNITY IS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE STORM, REBUILDING HOMES, THE POPULAR BOARDWALK, AND ITS REPUTATION AS A SUMMER GETAWAY. HOWEVER, THIS REBUILDING IS NOT WITHOUT ITS HICCUPS. ON THIS EPISODE, DIVIDED LOYALTIES. A LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT’S GOT TWO SIDES OF THE PENINSULA AT ODDS. ROCK THE BOAT, THE AREAS FERRY SYSTEM AND HOW IT IS CHANGING THE CITY’S TRANSPORTATION LANDSCAPE. ART THERAPY, ENVISIONING A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD POST SUPERSTORM SANDY. THOSE STORIES AND MORE COMING UP AS WE EXPLORE THE ROCKAWAYS. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>CALL IT A TALE OF TWO PENINSULAS. A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER’S PLAN TO BUILD AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLEX IN THE LESS AFFLUENT EDGEMERE SECTION OF THE ROCKAWAYS HAS DRIVEN A WEDGE BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST END OF THE PENINSULA. SOME SAY THE PROJECT IS NEEDED IN AN AREA THAT’S NOT SEEN MUCH INVESTMENT IN DECADES. OTHERS CONTEND THERE IS NOT ENOUGH INFRASTRUCTURE TO HANDLE THE INFLUX OF PEOPLE. MARLENE PERALTA HAS THAT STORY.>>THESE 10 ACRES HAVE SAT VACANT SINCE THE PENINSULA HOSPITAL CLOSED IN 2012. THAT CHANGED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPER PROPOSED IN 11 BUILDING, 2200 UNIT COMPLEX IN ITS PLACE.>>IT’S EXPECTED TO INCLUDE 2200 UNITS.>>HE MADE THE DEVELOPER SOMEWHAT EXPECTED ALLIES, LIKE THE YOUTH ROCKAWAY TASK FORCE, ONE OF THE MEMBERS ARGUED AT A BOARD MEETING LAST SUMMER THAT INVESTMENT IN EDGEMERE WAS LONG OVERDUE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]>>BUT THE BOARD VOTED NO ON THE PROPOSAL WITH CONDITIONS. THEY ASKED FOR FEWER UNITS, MORE PARKING, A NEW SCHOOL, AND A PLAN TO ADDRESS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. THE PROJECT WILL BRING ROUGHLY 4500 RESIDENTS TO THE AREA, WITH RETAIL SPACE AND A SUPERMARKET. IT IS EXPECTED TO CREATE 600 PERMANENT JOBS. ROSALYN MASON OPERATES ROCK SAFE STREETS, A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION CENTER JUST BLOCKS FROM THE HOSPITAL SITE. SHE SAID THE PROJECT IS NEEDED IN THE EDGEMERE AREA.>>IT IS TIME FOR FAR ROCKAWAY TO HAVE A CHANGE. IT HAS LOOKED THE SAME FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. THERE IS NO SUPERMARKET FOR MILES AROUND. I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE IN THE EAST END WILL BE ABLE TO SIT AND DINE, AND HAVE A GLASS OF WINE WITH YOUR MEAL IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT. PRESENTLY IN THE EAST END WE DON’T HAVE THAT.>>THE FIGHT IS ALWAYS WANTING MORE->>GLENN DIRESTO, A LIFELONG ROCKAWAY RESIDENT IS ON THE OTHERS OF THE ARGUMENT. THE RETIRED NYPD LIEUTENANT LIVES IN ARVERNE BY THE SEA, THE AREA IS A HOME OWNING COMMUNITY WEST OF THE SITE.>>I WANT TO SEE WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. LIKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH, FROM THE EAST END TO THE WEST END, UNITING THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING IT ONE FINALLY.>>DIRESTO SAYS THAT SOME OF HIS CONCERNS WERE BACKED UP BY AN IMPACT STATEMENT THAT FOUND THE PROJECT WILL HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS.>>WE WANT TO SEE ANY ADVERSE IMPACTS BEING REDUCED, LIKE NOT HAVING ENOUGH SCHOOL SEATS, MORE JOBS. AT THE END OF THE DEVELOPMENT IT’S ONLY GOING TO BRING- IT SAYS AND REPORT IT WILL ONLY BRING 360 JOBS. THEY ARE GOING TO BRING IN 7000 PEOPLE BUT PROVIDE ONLY 360 JOBS.>>I CAME IN FROM AVERNE BY THE SEA AND IT’S ALL NICE OVER THERE, LIKE YOU JUST MENTIONED, BUT OVER HERE I SEE A LOT OF THINGS CLOSED, OR UNDERDEVELOPED. IS THERE A DIVIDE IN THIS COMMUNITY?>>WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE IN THE WEST MAKING DECISIONS FOR PEOPLE IN THE EAST AND PEOPLE ON THE EAST DON’T MAKE DECISIONS FOR PEOPLE ON THE WEST. FOR ME, THAT IS A LITTLE UNBALANCED. HONESTLY SPEAKING, NOBODY ASKED US IF WE WANTED ARVERNE BY THE SEA.>>THEY WANT TO BUILD 2200 UNITS USING TAXPAYER MONEY AND ONLY PROVIDE 13% OF THE UNITS FOR MODERATE AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES, ONLY 13%. 87% WILL BE FOR LOW, VERY LOW AND EXTREMELY LOW. OF THE 2200 UNITS THEY ARE LOOKING TO BRING IN THE AREA, NONE OF THEM ARE FOR SALE. NONE OF THEM PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP. WE ALL KNOW THAT HOMEOWNERSHIP IS REALLY A WAY OF PEOPLE BUILDING WEALTH.>>I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE MOVING IN THERE WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE THEIR MONEY TO GET THEM AFFORDABLE HOME. YOU DON’T JUST WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND SAY I AM GETTING HOME. THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE CAN’T WALK INTO A BANK AND GET A MORTGAGE RIGHT NOW. SO TO TALK ABOUT HOME OWNERSHIP, WHO YOU TALKING ABOUT? THESE PEOPLE NEED TO GET INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING SO THEY CAN SAVE THEIR MONEY TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THAT WAY.>>AS MUCH DISPLACEMENT HAPPENING THAT WE’RE SEEING->>THE MAIN BROKER OF ALL OF THIS IS COUNCILMEMBER DONOVAN RICHARDS, WHOSE DISTRICT EXTENDS ALONG THE PENINSULA FROM FAR ROCKAWAY TO ARVERNE. HE SAID HE WANTS THE PROJECT TO BE INCLUSIVE FOR THE EXISTING COMMUNITIES.>>MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THE MAJORITY OF THE UNITS ARE MEETING THE AVERAGE INCOMES OF NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS. FOR THOSE RESIDENTS ON THE EAST END, THE AVERAGE AMI IS 40%, MEANING A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $40,000 OR SO A YEAR. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THIS PROJECT HAS A DOOR AVAILABLE TO THEM, THAT THERE ARE RENTALS AVAILABLE TO THEM.>>RICHARDS SAID IT’S SIMILAR TO DOWNTOWN FAR ROCKAWAY WITH THE CITY COUNCIL PASS RE- ZONING LEGISLATION IN 2017 THAT BROUGHT AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO A DILAPIDATED HOUSING CENTER.>>SO DOWNTOWN FAR ROCKAWAY VERY SIMILAR. PEOPLE HAVE TO WALK PAST THIS SITE FOR 40 YEARS. HUNGRY PEOPLE, PEOPLE NEEDED JOBS. NOW WHAT YOU SEE IS A PLAN WE NEGOTIATED. WE GOT A $40 MILLION NEW LIBRARY HAPPENING. WE ARE BUILDING 1800 HOUSING UNITS. 100,000 SQUARE FEET OF RETAIL.>>RICHARDS SAYS THE DEVELOPMENT COMING TO THE AREA CAN KEEP EXISTING RESIDENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.>>IT IS MAKING SURE WE CAN DO EVERYTHING WE CAN DO TO BULLETPROOF THE DEAL TO ENSURE WE ARE KEEPING THE PEOPLE WHO STAYED AFTER SANDY, WHO WERE HERE DURING THE HARD TIMES, THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE GOOD TIMES AND BE PART OF WHAT WE ARE BUILDING AS WELL.>>THIS IS MARLENE PERALTA FOR DIVERSECITY. ♪ [UPBEAT MUSIC] ♪>>THE NONPROFIT RISE IS INSPIRING MULTIPLE GENERATIONS OF ROCKAWAY RESIDENTS TO CARE FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY. RISE STANDS FOR ROCKAWAY INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUITY. IT ANSWERS A CALL TO ACTION FROM A ONCE ABANDONED FIREHOUSE.>>THE BLOOMBERG MINISTRATION DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO LITERALLY BID OUT FOUR FIREHOUSES FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK TO A LOCAL NONPROFIT. IT TOOK ABOUT 10 YEARS. WE HAD TO RENOVATE THE EXISTING BUILDING BUT THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT OR THE HISTORY OF ROCKAWAY THAT WE PROTECT THE BUILDING AND KEEP IT FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR COMMUNITY PURPOSES. RISE IS LIKE A COMMUNITY HUB. IT IS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNITY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS, LECTURES, ART EXHIBITIONS, ALL FOCUSED AROUND THE ROCKAWAYS. PEOPLE COME TO THE CENTER, SOMETIMES RANDOMLY WALKING THROUGH HERE. ALSO FOR OUR FARM SHARE PROGRAM THAT WE HOST EVERY WEDNESDAY.>>ROCKAWAY HAS BEEN KNOWN TO BE A FOOD DESERT. IN THE PAST IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS, FRESH VEGETABLES. THIS IS ONE WAY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO PICK UP THEIR VEGETABLES ON A WEEKLY BASIS. THEY HAVE PAID INTO IT, THEY KNOW THEY WILL HAVE IT AND IT COSTS LESS THAN BUYING IN THE SUPERMARKET. IT BRINGS PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER. THEY COME FROM DIFFERENT ENDS OF THE ROCKAWAYS, SO WE MEET PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE PENINSULA.>>A LOT OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING IS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, FOCUSED IN AND AROUND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, URBAN PLANNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SO MOST OF THE WORK THAT WE DO IS THROUGH THEM, REALLY, PRIMARILY ENGAGING THEM IN REAL PROJECTS. WORKING ON URBAN PLANNING DEVELOPMENT, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, PLANTING TREES AND GRASSES TO CREATE A PROTECTIVE BUFFER FOR SHORELINE PROTECTION. I THINK THE BENEFIT IS WE ARE USING THIS 11 MILES OF OPEN STRETCH OF PUBLIC LAND FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.>>APPROXIMATELY FOUR MONTHS AGO, ROCKAWAY FACED THE MOST DEVASTATING EVENT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES, HURRICANE SANDY. THIS ONE CATASTROPHIC OCCURRENCE BROUGHT THE WHOLE ROCKAWAY COMMUNITY TOGETHER.>>ONE THING THAT HAPPENED DURING SANDY THE MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS A LOT OF CHILDREN WERE LOADED UP AND TRANSPORTED TO OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY TO HAVE CLASS. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT WE RESTART OUR YOUTH PROGRAM. A LOT OF OUR KIDS NEEDED SOMEONE TO TALK TO. THEY WANTED TO REENGAGE WITH EACH OTHER, THEY WANTED TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN. EACH WROTE A ONE MINUTE DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE ABOUT THEIR STORY.>>THE QUESTION IS, WHY WE COULD NOT SEIZE THIS MOMENT? IS IT BECAUSE WE THINK WE NO LONGER IN EACH OTHER? OR IS IT BECAUSE WE ARE A STUBBORN KIND? MAYBE WE NEED A CONTINUOUS AMOUNT OF HURRICANES TO BRING US TOGETHER YET SUBMERGE US UNDER WATER. NO, WE NEED TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SEA SALT THAT MAY DEVOUR US ONE DAY AND WORK ON PREVENTING THIS FROM HAPPENING. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO REVIVE, REBUILD, RENEW, RE-ROCKAWAY. ♪ [UPBEAT MUSIC] ♪>>ROCKAWAY RESIDENTS BANDED TOGETHER IN THE WAKE OF SUPERSTORM SANDY TO GET THE CITY TO KEEP FERRY SERVICES TO THEIR FAR FLUNG COMMUNITIES. THEIR ACTIVISM INSPIRED A CHANGE THAT IS BENEFITING OTHERS. GARRY PIERRE-PIERRE HAS MORE.>>TWO YEARS AGO, MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND A SLEW OF POLITICIANS WERE ON HAND TO INAUGURATE THE PERMANENT FERRY SERVICE TO THE ROCKAWAYS.>>YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES I WAS OUT HERE, PEOPLE WOULD TELL ME HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET TO ALL THE OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY. WHETHER IT WAS FOR THEIR JOBS AND FOR OPPORTUNITY. THIS COMMUNITY FOR TOO LONG DID NOT HAVE THE CONNECTION TO THE REST OF THE CITY IT DESERVED.>>NOW THEY DO, THANKS IN PART TO THE EFFORTS OF THIS MAN, EDDIE PASTORE. A MEMBER OF A COMMUNITY GROUP, FRIENDS OF ROCKAWAY BEACH. HE SAID THE FERRY ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN.>>THE FERRY CAME TO PASS BECAUSE OF SANDY. IT WAS AN EMERGENCY MEASURE. THE A-TRAIN WAS OUT OF SERVICE FOR MONTHS. THERE WAS NO TRANSPORTATION OFF THE PENINSULA. IT STARTED WORKING OUT WELL. PEOPLE WERE USING IT AND THEY DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY. THE COMMUNITY WENT INTO AN UPROAR. WE STARTED HAVING RALLIES AND A LOT OF POLITICIANS CAME DOWN. I TOLD THE MAYOR, YOU HAVE VISION ZERO. THIS IS A PERFECT ANSWER TO GET CARS OFF THE STREET.>>SOON AFTER THE ROCKAWAY FERRY WAS LAUNCHED, THE MAYOR CREATED NEW YORK CITY FERRY AND PLANNED NEW ROUTES IN ADDITION TO THE SIX LINES THAT SHUTTLE ROUGHLY SIX TO NINE MILLION RIDERS EVERY YEAR FROM PLACES LIKE SOUTH BROOKLYN. THAT IS ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE OF WHAT THE SYSTEM CAN DO. LAST YEAR, A FERRY FEASIBILITY STUDY BY THE NEW YORK CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOUND OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD 35 ADDITIONAL FERRY LINES IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS.>>THE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WE STARTED WITH AS THE CITY FOR THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS AND IT IS COMING BACK. IT MAKES SENSE ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO CUT COMMUTES FROM PLACES LIKE THE ROCKAWAYS THERE PEOPLE SUFFER AN HOUR AND A HALF, TWO HOUR COMMUTES, THAT IS DEBILITATING.>>LEWIS IS PRESIDENT OF THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THE METROPOLITAN WATERFRONT ALLIANCE. THE ALLIANCE WORKS WITH CITY OFFICIALS ON FERRY SERVICES AND OTHER WATERFRONT ISSUES. HE SAYS FERRY SERVICE IS RESILIENT AND HAS WEATHERED CITYWIDE BLACKOUTS TO SHUTTLE PEOPLE DURING DIFFICULT TIMES. DESPITE SUCCESSES, HE ADMITS THERE WILL BE HICCUPS.>>YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT YOUR TODDLER TO WASH THE DISHES AND DO VARIOUS OTHER CHORES. THERE ARE GROWING PAINS. WE ARE FIGURING THINGS OUT. THERE ARE NEW ROUTES THAT WILL BE ESTABLISHED. THE CITY HAS DONE A GOOD JOB SO FAR INAUGURATING THE SYSTEM, PROMOTING THE SYSTEM, TRYING TO IRON OUT SOME OF THE KINKS, BUT IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING TO SUBSIDIZE THE SYSTEM.>>THESE SUBSIDIES ARE KEY TO KEEPING THE SYSTEM RUNNING BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM, FERRY RIDES WOULD BE UNAFFORDABLE.>>THERE WAS A RULE SET THAT SAID IF WE WERE GOING TO PUT FERRY SERVICES OTHER THAN THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY SERVICE, WE’RE NOT GOING TO SUBSIDIZE IT, THEY WOULD BUILD TERMINALS BUT THEY WOULD NOT SUBSIDIZE IT. THAT RULE STAYED IN EFFECT FOR 20 YEARS. BUT THEN MAYOR BLOOMBERG DECIDED WITH THE FERRY SERVICE TO START SUBSIDIZING IT, BRING THE FERRY DOWN TO A MORE REASONABLE RATE.>>WHEN CITY STREETS ARE CLOGGED WITH CARS AND SUBWAYS ARE STRETCHED TO NEAR BREAKING POINTS, FERRY TRANSPORTATION MAKES SENSE TO ROCKAWAY RESIDENTS LIKE CATHLEEN MORRIS, NOT JUST FOR THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD BUT CITY WIDE.>>IT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO ROCKAWAY. WHEN I COME BY HERE ON MY BIKE AND I SEE ALL OF THE CARS PARKED IN THE EARLY MORNING, THERE WERE NO CARS HERE BEFORE. PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO WORK ON THE FERRY. WORKING PEOPLE DESERVE STUFF LIKE THAT. OK, MAKE THE TRAIN BETTER BUT THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN ANY TRAIN.>>FOR DIVERSECITY, I’M GARRY PIERRE-PIERRE. ♪ [UPBEAT MUSIC] ♪>>RESTORING THE ROCKAWAYS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY NOT ONLY MEANT REPAIRING PHYSICAL STRUCTURES BUT ALSO RESTORING COLLECTIVE IDENTITY. ARTISTS BECAME INVOLVED, USING THEIR WORK AS A MEANS TO HELP HEAL THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. WE SPOKE TO SOME ARTISTS ABOUT THEIR EFFORTS.>>THE COMMUNITY IS REALLY CLOSE TO THE OCEAN HERE. THE LIFEGUARDS, I THINK ARE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. THEY ARE SAVING LIVES EVERY DAY, THEY ARE PROTECTING THE BEACH. LOOK AT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE WATER. IT IS A BIG JOB. I WANTED TO GIVE EACH LIFEGUARD MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THEY HAD BEFORE. I DID NOT WANT THEM TO BE ANONYMOUS ANYMORE. THAT IS WHEN I TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEM, TO GIVE THEM A FACE. [OCEAN WAVES]>>I AM HEADING FOR THE OCEAN. I HOPE OTHER PEOPLE TO BE WITH THE OCEAN.>>SHE WAS SO HAPPY. SHE WAS LOOKING AT ME, I FELT SO HAPPY AFTERWARD I SAID THIS IS COOL. THE NEXT ONE, I WAS 19, THE KID THAT DROWN WAS 19, AND THEY TOLD HIM NOT TO GO IN BECAUSE THE BEACH WAS CLOSED ON 24TH STREET. THEY WENT IN ANYWAY AND I FOUND OUT THE NEXT DAY IN THE NEWSPAPER, HE JUST TOLD HIS PARENTS THAT HE WAS GOING OUT TO THE BEACH. HE CAME OUT HERE AND NEVER MADE IT BACK. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LESSONS. THE OCEAN IS SUPER UNFORGIVING.>>ROCKAWAY FOR ME IS ONE OF THE LAST REAL COMMUNITIES OF NEW YORK. OUR BLOCK IN THE TWO YEARS WE LIVED HERE, EVERYONE KNOWS US. IN THE ONE YEAR THIS SHOP HAS BEEN OPEN, EVERYONE LOVES IT. ORDERVISION STUDIOS IS A YOUTH ARTS CENTER WHERE MYSELF AND OTHER YOUTH ARTISTS ARE TRAINED TO BECOME MENTORS FOR KIDS OR ADULTS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THE PRISON SYSTEM. IT IS A WAY WE TRAIN THEM TO KIND OF REINTEGRATE BACK INTO SOCIETY BUT ALSO OPEN THE MIND AND CHANGE THEIR MINDS THROUGH ART AND CREATION.>>WE ALL HAVE TO GIVE EACH OTHER SOME LOVE. THIS REPRESENTS HOW EVERYBODY HAS SCARS IN THEIR HEART. JUST BECAUSE WE SHOW LOVE DOES NOT MEAN WE FEEL LOVE. THE WATER REPRESENTS DROWNING AND THE OBSTACLES AND THE WAVES, UNTIL WE PUSH THAT UP AND WE SURVIVE.>>THE RAINBOW ROOM IS SITUATED IN A TWO-STORY BUNGALOW. IT WAS TOTALLY DAMAGED BY WATER IN HURRICANE SANDY. IT UTILIZES SIGN WAVE FREQUENCIES. THERE ARE SIX OF THEM. THE BASE FREQUENCY IS 528 HERTZ. WHEN I TRANSLATED THESE FREQUENCIES INTO COLOR BY DIALING THEM UP 40 OCTAVES, I FIGURED OUT THE SOUND COMPOSITION I HAD CREATED A PERFECT RAINBOW. WHENEVER I PLAY THE FREQUENCIES I GET TO PERMEATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH THESE NATURAL HARMONICS. ♪ [MELODIC TONES] ♪>>WHETHER IT IS SOUND WAVE, COLOR FREQUENCY WAVES, OCEAN WAVES, RADIO WAVES, I AM INTERESTED IN TRYING TO BRING THOSE ALL TOGETHER AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO COME AND VISIT WILL GO INTO THE RAINBOW ROOM AND THEN GO STRAIGHT TO THE OCEAN TO EXPERIENCE THE WATER. [SOUNDS OF THE OCEAN] ♪ [UPBEAT MUSIC] ♪>>FINALLY, THERE IS A BIKE RIDING NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER OUT HERE WHO IS RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WHEN EXPERTS SAY PRINT MEDIA IS DYING. I CUT UP WITH HIM ON HIS BIKE ROUTE. KEVIN, I KNOW YOU SAID EARLIER THIS WAS YOUR FIRST LOCATION. TELL ME ABOUT IT.>>IT WAS A VACANT BASE BECAUSE OF HURRICANE SANDY. IT IS ONLY ABOUT 250 SQUARE FEET, IT WAS REALLY TIGHT QUARTERS AND IT IS NOW A TAXI SERVICE DISPATCH OFFICE. WE HAD A FULL NEWSPAPER RUNNING OUT OF IT.>>NOW THE NEWSPAPER RUNS OUT OF AN OFFICE ACROSS THE PARKING LOT IN THIS SMALL STRIP MALL WHILE THE OLD OFFICE STILL WEARS A BADGE OF HONOR, A BIKE THAT WAS HOISTED AND LATCHED TO THE ROOF. THE PAPERS EMBLEM AND SYMBOL OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S CULTURE AND ONE OF BOYLE’S PASSIONS.>>I SAID I WAS BIKING BEFORE BIKING WAS COOL, LET ME GET THAT ON THE RECORD. IT IS THE MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO GET AROUND. IT IS ALSO A WAY TO DO NEWS GATHERING, TO SEE PEOPLE. PEOPLE WHO BECOME YOUR SOURCES, PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS, YOU ARE SAYING HELLO TO PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND IT IS EASIER TO SLOW DOWN AND CHAT WHEN YOU’RE ON YOUR BIKE RATHER THAN YOUR CAR>>BOYLE GETS ON HIS E-BIKE TO HAND DELIVER ON THURSDAYS.>>ON MY NEWSPAPER ROUTE IF I WANT TO TAKE A COUPLE OF SHOTS, AND I HAVE MY NEWSPAPERS TO DELIVER OR TO CHECK RACKS TO SEE IF THEY NEED RESTOCKING.>>HIS JOURNALISM CAREER STARTED AT THE WAVE, THE LONG STANDING NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER. HE MOVED AWAY FROM JOURNALISM FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND THEN HURRICANE SANDY BROUGHT HIM BACK.>>THEY DID NOT PUBLISH RIGHT AFTER SANDY. IT IS THE OLDEST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER IN NEW YORK, THEY GO BACK TO 1893. IT WAS QUITE AN EVENT FOR THEM NOT TO PUBLISH, THEY HAD LITERALLY PUBLISHED EVERY WEEK SINCE 1893. THEY WERE HAVING PERSONNEL ISSUES BECAUSE THE HURRICANE FORCE PEOPLE TO RELOCATE OR THEY HAD BECOME DISLOCATED. THE CURRENT OWNERS ASKED ME TO COME BACK AS EDITOR. AND I DID.>>HIS SECOND STINT AT THE WAVE DID NOT LAST. HE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA OF WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS SHOULD BE.>>I DO BELIEVE IN EMPHASIZING GOOD NEWS AS MUCH AS I CAN. I DON’T WANT TO BE POLLYANNA ABOUT IT, BUT I LIVE HERE, I WORK HERE AND I LOVE IT HERE. I WANT THAT REFLECTED IN THE PAGES OF THE ROCKAWAY TIMES. THERE IS A NEWSPAPER EXPRESSION, IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS AND THAT WAS A PHILOSOPHY AT THE WAVE MY FIRST GO AROUND.>>NOW THE 10,000 A WEEK CIRCULATION PAPER MAKES ITS BREAD-AND-BUTTER WITH UPLIFTING COMMUNITY STORIES, WHICH ACCORDING TO BOYLE, MAKES IT VERY MARKETABLE TO ADVERTISERS WHO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT THE FREE PAPER.>>WE SEND OUT A PDF VERSION OF THE FULL PAPER, BY EMAL, TO 3000 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK. IT IS THE EASIEST THING FOR ME TO DO BUT THEY DEMAND THE PAPER. IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR DELIVERY, WE GET CALLS LATE THURSDAY AND ALL DAY FRIDAY SAYING I DID NOT GET MY PAPER FOR WHATEVER REASON SO, I THINK ONE, PEOPLE LIKE THAT AND ALSO, I DO THINK FOR ADVERTISERS IN THE COMMUNITY, I THINK IT IS STILL AN EFFECTIVE WAY FOR THEM TO GET THE WORD OUT THEY ARE IN BUSINESS.>>DESPITE HIS SUCCESSES, BOYLE BY HIS OWN ADMISSION IS A GUY WHO GETS ITCHY. HE’S NOT SURE WHAT IS AHEAD FOR THE FIVE YEAR OLD PAPER. IS THIS PAPER LONG-TERM?>>THAT IS THE TOUGH QUESTION. I DON’T KNOW. IT IS SOMETHING I HAVE ESTABLISHED, I AM PROUD OF IT AND IT SHOULD LIVE ON, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WILL YET. THERE ARE SMALL CHAIN NEWSPAPERS THAT MIGHT HAVE INTEREST BUT I WOULD RATHER IT STAY COMMUNITY OWNED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BE. ♪ [UPBEAT MUSIC] ♪>>THAT IS OUR LOOK AT THE ROCKAWAYS. JOIN US NEXT MONTH WHEN WE WILL HEAD TO BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THAT PART OF OUR DIVERSECITY. ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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