Rediscovering New York

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020/05/05 - The Beaches of Rockaway

[EPISODE] The Beaches of Rockaway

On this week’s show we will cross Jamaica Bay to Rockaway! My guests will be historian Jason Antos, President of the Queens Historical Society, & New York City Council Member Donovan Richards. Donovan represents the City's 31st District. You can also catch our live stream video by clicking here!

Segment 1

Jeff introduces the first guest of the show, Jason Antos, who talks growing up in New York. He talks about how he first became interested with the history of New York City, becoming involved with the Queens Historical Society. Jason then speaks about how Rockaway got its name, the two going over its colonial history. He highlights a few notable figures of importance to the area. They then jump to the nineteenth century and Jason discusses the area’s history as a place of leisure.

Segment 2

Jason talks about the subjects of his books and he gives out where the listeners could find and order them before talking about the development of residential spots in the area in the nineteenth century. He also touches on land disputes and how a few landmarks got introduced to the area, as well as more pioneering real estate developments. Jason closes the segment talking about the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Rockaways.

Segment 3

Jeff introduces the second guest of the show, Donovan Richards, who talks growing up in Queens and the tragic story on how he ended up on the New York City Council and how he assumed the responsibilities that he has today.

Segment 4

Richards talks about what they plan on doing in Queens and the Rockaway area in terms of new projects for the area, Richards also chiming in on his experience during Superstorm Sandy and giving his praises for the community. He also discusses a shift in the vibe of the neighborhood after the event. Donovan closes the show talking about what businesses he would like to see take up real estate in the complex they are opening.