My family lived in a one-family house with a gorgeous interior renovation in the Colonial style on 102nd Street off 90th Avenue from 1967 onward, with the dead end of 90th Avenue abutting the old and shuttered LIRR Rockaway Beach line.
The predominantly German, Irish and Italian neighborhood was beautifully verdant, clean and serene.
Serene was the word for old Richmond Hill in 1967, The only sounds to be heard on a summer night were the rustling of leaves and the chirping of crickets, and the only voices on a summer afternoon were of my German neighbors dining in their backyard and children playing old-fashioned street games.
I could never imagine how noisy it would have been if the Rockaway rail line had been operating back then. A pedestrian walkway would only mean a lot of foot traffic, noise and crime, primarily from non-residents of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven.
For these reasons, I oppose any attempts to convert the present abandoned Rockaway rail line.
First, the exterior alteration of the late Richmond Hill preservationist Nancy Cataldi's Queen Anne house on 109th Street (Nancy Cataldi Way), and now the contemplated destruction of this pristine forested boundary of Richmond Hill?
Nothing more than a one-two punch for the denouement of Richmond Hill. Where have you gone, Nancy Cataldi? Richmond Hill turns its lonely eyes to you.