Sandy One Year Later: Rockaway Merchants Form Strong Bond As Customers Return

Sandy shutdown an important business corridor in Rockaway Park a year ago. One year later, almost all of the businesses on Beach 116th Street have reopened with some help from the government and their “can-do” attitudes.

“What has happened here on Beach 116th Street my hope is it can be replicated time and time again in many other neighborhoods,” said Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh.

This is going to be a beautiful block to shop on.

Tom Murphy, owner, Curran’s Superior Meats

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After [Sandy] wiped out the boardwalk, merchants created the Beach 116th Street Partnership, and with the help of the city’s Department of Small Business Services, the group secured grants to spruce up storefronts, install welcome signs and add more streetlights to the block.

The area police presence was also bolstered.

“The business growth was pre-Sandy and it’s picking up again,” said Krzysztof Sadlej, the partnership’s executive director.

Photo credit: John Taggart for The Wall Street Journal

Poland’s International Children’s Day in Rockaway Beach (hosted by the Beach 116th Street Partnership) is an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate children’s welfare and Polish culture. The Festival welcomes the whole community to get a taste of Polish cuisine, culture, art and will include a multitude of activities for all ages. The festival will be held on Beach 116th Street, between Rockaway Beach Blvd. and the Ocean Promenade Walkway on June 1st, 2014.