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Development Robbing Rockaways of Post-Apocalyptic Feel

The big project known as Arverne--which is going up on a desolate stretch of beachfront in the Rockaways that has given the Queens beach a post-apocalyptic feel since the 60s--took another step forward yesterday. Ground was broken yesterday on a 30,000-square-foot Y.M.C.A., which is significant in the sense that it's part of a bigger plan to add big supermarket, a new school and other retail and amenities to the area. Arverne is a 308-acre project that is slowly going up in a 50-block stretch cleared by the city in 1964. (Who was behind the demolition? Hint: His last name was Moses.) The city designated the Bluestone Organization, L & M Equity and Triangle Equities to develop the Arverne East part of the project, which will be 1,600 units of housing on 97 acres including a 35 acre "nature preserve" and 14 acres of dunes. Overall, it's a $1.5 billion project stretching from Beach 32nd to Beach 81st street.
· Y Not Go All the Way? [NYDN]
· Arverne by the Sea [arvernebythesea.com]
· Edgemere of Reality [Forgotten NY]