Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods

Groundhog Day in Far Rockaway

For decades Far Rockaway has been a land apart from the rest of the city. Situated on the far east side of Queens, almost on the border with Nassau county, this beach front community has long struggled with the issues of economic growth and social mobility that have plagued other […]


Changing Zones: Making Room for Affordable Housing

Zoning meant to protect New York City residents is being repealed in order to make room for the Mayor’s affordable housing plan. The Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, in a contracting deal with upstate development company Trinity Associates is taking advantage of new leverage to change established zones. Together they […]

Neighborhoods, Real Estate

421-a Tax Abatement Only For Developments Paying Prevailing Wage For Construction Workers

   Developers and construction unions say the new 421a tax abatement is necessary to build new apartments in New York City — but critics disagree. “It’s extraordinarily expensive and it’s taken an inefficient program and made it more inefficient — some more affordable housing units, but mostly it’s just subsidizing […]

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News

Meet Far Rockaway’s Tino Venzia

For nearly four decades, Tino’s Unisex Hairstyling has been a staple in Far Rockaway.  Owner Tino Venzia talks his salon’s roots and history, what it takes to start your own business, the challenges he’s faced, and his hopes for the future for his salon, and Far Rockaway.