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Someone tweeted a photo of the never-completed 16-story buildings that stood like a skeletons for years at Beach 193rd Street in Breezy Point. The photo was from the early 1970s. Lawsuits stopped the complex of residences and commercial spaces that would have changed the area forever. The buildings themselves were imploded in 1979. The hills from the rubble remain there today, though covered by grass and shrubs. The company that built the complex sued the City and wanted the rubble preserved as evidence in the court case, according to an article in The New York Times. So, when you pass by the hill, you’ll know it’s more than a hill.

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The same NY Times article from 1979 mentions how the Breezy beach grows “several feet wider every year.” Keep in mind it was growing wider in 1979 and has been doing so ever since.  Oceanfront homes in Breezy are now about a quarter of a mile from the actual ocean. Amazing. The rock jetty at the point was built by the Army Corps of Engineers (remember them?) in the 1920s to curb the flow of sand that was threatening to reach across and cut off the entrance to Jamaica Bay.

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Meanwhile, Rockaway, especially the Beach 90s, continues to erode. Photos from last week’s rains show surfers stepping into the ocean from the Beach 91st ramp that is now completely surrounded by ocean during extra high tides.

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It’s more than the nation’s infrastructure that’s growing old. We are, too. By 2030 all baby boomers will be older than 65 and for the first time in the country’s history, old people will outnumber children (those 18 and younger), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s projected that there will be 78 million people 65 years and older, compared to 76.7 million whippersnappers.

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Another reminder, New York State Senator and Marine Corps veteran James Sanders Jr. will be hosting a Veterans Job and Resource Fair on Friday, December 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day) from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post 272 (Knights of Columbus), located at 330 Beach 90th Street. This event is free of charge to both attendees and vendors. Attendees MUST be either a veteran of any branch of the U.S. military or an active service member. If you plan to attend, we recommend that you bring copies of your resume and DD-214 form, and RSVP by calling Senator Sanders' District Office at 718-523-3069.

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So, it’s not our imagination, and summer businesses won’t be surprised. It really does rain a lot around here. Recent rain has moved 2018 into the top 10 wettest years in New York’s history. Five of the top ten have occurred since 2000. Only two years since 1970 have ranked in the top 10 driest. It’s been a while since we heard drought talk. Quite the opposite with all the flooding that occurs in Rockaway and Broad Channel.

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It might be getting cold, but it’s also when the city starts looking for lifeguards for next summer. Applicants must pass the Qualifying Test which begins at city indoor pools across the city beginning on December 3. Tests are in December and January. Lifeguards earn a minimum of $15 an hour and can earn a weekly salary of about $800. Go to nycgovparks.org/opportunities/jobs/lifeguards for more information.

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