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Replenished Rockaway

Aug 31.  A late summer day at the beach, where a new “towel drying rack” has been adopted and a bumper crop of sand awaits the erosion of winter, perhaps?  All photos here taken by Barbara Barnard. Sept 1.  A tug (Trevor?) moves a crane barge to where the “drying rack”/piping needs to be fished […]

Rockaway Nemo to Flag Day

This is NOT Rockaway or Queens or any other boro of New York City.  This residence is a post-hurricane structure.  The location will be identified at the end of this post. For the previous installment in this series . . . Sandy to Nemo . . .  from four months ago, click here. Here’s a […]

Rockaway Sandy to Nemo

Click here to see fotos Barbara took from her apartment on three or so successive  days about three months ago—before, during, and after Sandy. The next two fotos she took this morning–here of snow on top of post Sandy transformation– after our first significant 2013 winter storm in the sixth boro.  For outatowners,  Barbara’s apartment–on […]

Rockaway Sandy Before . . . After

A friend took these from her apartment on the dates specified.  This one was October 27, looking across Shorefront Parkway in Queens . . . yes this is NYC.  Notice the edge of an adjacent building along the left side of the foto, the walls of the handball courts “behind” the boardwalk, the “western” tip […]

Government Boats 55

Off New London USCGC Coho and a 45′ response boat take part in training off Race Rock Light and then later off Little Gull Island Light, with the 87′ towing the 45′ boats. A regular in the sixth boro is USCGC Beluga. The 29′ patrol boats monitor lots of activities in the harbor;  here they […]

Names 39

But then there’s the NYC Ferry opened service just over two years ago.  Here’s my post on Day 1, when I rode the ferry from Wall Street to Rockaway and back.  Somehow I’d missed news about the source of  names like Ocean Queen RockStar and Rainbow Cruise.  Other names include Urban Journey, Friendship Express, Lunch […]

People Movers 10

I read the sign and decided to wait until the greeters had left and then bought a round trip ticket at Pier 11 for less than what I’d pay for a bagel and coffee and got on the next ride to the Rockaways.  If you want to know specs and dimensions and such right now, […]


All photos today come thanks to John Huntington.  Check out his new site here, one which I mentioned a week and a half ago here. Here are the basics on what you are looking at, mostly from John’s caption:  “FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY, NY/USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2016: The 24 meter (78 foot) scallop […]

Wise Ratty

Back in mid-January, I’d planted myself up in Fort Wadsworth to see a new ship come in.  While I was there, I saw this CMA CGM vessel leave, racing this sailboat. As the sailboat passed, I caught the name, which certainly made me wonder who Ratty is and what wisdom Ratty possesses other than leaving town […]

More Cutterheads

Here’s GLDD’s cutter suction dredge Florida as seen from above the cutter head and from alongside.  I took the first three photos in this post. Here’s Weeks cutter suction dredge C. R. McCaskill,  with Sea Wolf serving as a tender. USACE E. A. Woodruff was built in 1873 and worked the Ohio. Technically, I think Woodruff was […]