Rockaway, New York

Sponsored by Friends of Tribute Park
P.O. Box 940214
Rockaway, NY 11694

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(Photographs compliments of the WAVE unless otherwise noted)


Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park photo credit: Richard E. Santaga
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May 20

May 20, 2011
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Bake Sale Raises More Than $700

The 100th Precinct Community Council Youth Committee Fourth Annual Bake Sale, held last Saturday, was another success. Although the weather on the boardwalk was not a sunny spring day, the Youth Committee still raised $730, to be equally shared with the Youth Committee, for their activities with children (chess clubs in schools and the summer volleyball program) and for the upkeep of Tribute Park.
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May 27

May 27, 2011
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Removal of debris and weeds was just the beginning of getting the park ready for the summer.
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Parks supervisor R. Rohan watches as volunteer Nadia Murphy plants geraniums at the base of the granite memorial remembering the 343 firefighters lost in the terror attacks on 9/11. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.
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The Parks Department removed whatever debris the volunteers gathered.
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The May 21 work at Tribute Park included planting, mulching and pruning.

Jul 8

July 8, 2011
Donation Given to Tribute Park
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The 100th Precinct Community Council Youth Committee was at Tribute Park last Saturday evening to proudly display the check in the amount of $365, which is half the money raised from their annual Bake Sale. The Youth Committee is pleased that their donation went towards the beautiful yellow flowers adorning the park.

Jul 22

July 22, 2011
‘Sunset In The Park’ Happens 7/22
‘Sunset in the Park’ will take place at Tribute Park on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive this Friday, July 22 from 6:00 p.m. until sunset.
The park was created to serve as a tribute, not a memorial, to those Rockaway residents who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The intention was to provide a place where community members can reflect on their lost loved ones and find comfort to move on with their lives. Located on Jamaica Bay, the homage park looks directly at the city’s skyline where the Twin Towers once reigned.
Last year, the night’s fundraiser drew a few hundred locals. The event is sponsored by Friends of Tribute Park and features live music provided by “Wine With Sue” and a Fireboat Water Display provided by FDNY. Light fare food will be catered by Ludwig’s Catering.
As of June 28, generous sponsors who have already contributed to the event are: Brooklyn Brewery, the DeMatteis family, the Graybeards, Harbor Light Restaurant, the Harkins family, Jameson’s Pub, RIBS, Rockaway Graphics, Rockaway WISH, The Heeran Foundation, Battalion 47, Enginge 265, Ladder 121, Belle Harbor Garden Club, the Linares family, the Picone family, Rockaway Rotary, Rockaway Seafood Co., Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, the Said family, Shore Garden Club, Station Liquors, Anonymous, and Wave Publishing Co.

Celebrate the sunset at Tribute Park by joining in a local tribute and a local tradition.
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Jul 29

July 29, 2011
Despite Heat, Haze, Tribute Park Fundraiser A Hit
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Despite intense heat and a haze that minimized the usually beautiful sunset, hundreds came to Tribute Park on Beach 116 Street for a fundraiser on Friday, July 22. In the tenth anniversary year of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the participants came to pay tribute to the 70 Rockaway residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as the 343 firefighters, many of whom came from Rockaway. With continuous music, good food, the Fire Department Pipes and Drums, a dazzling display by an FDNY fireboat, and memories, the affair lasted into the night. For more photos, see pages 44 and 45. Photo by Howard Schwach.
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The scheduled fundraiser for Rockaway’s Tribute Park, “Sunset At The Park,” was held on Friday night, July 22, despite the heat index being over 100 degrees. A few hundred revelers packed the park for music, food and remembrances of those who died on September 11, 2001.

Aug 8

Aug 8, 2011
Preparing For WTC Steel At Tribute Park
photo credit: Richard E. Santaga
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Workers in Tribute Park, on Monday, prepare an area for the arrival of World Trade Center steel. The steel, which has been stored at JFK Airport since the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, will be unveiled at the annual Tribute Park ceremony on September 11 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the park’s website The park is located at Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Sep 11

September 11th Remembrance and WTC Steel Unveiling
10th Anniversary, September 11, 2011

9-11 Remembrance photo credit: Richard E. Santaga

Nov 11

Nov 11, 2011
Tribute Park Featured In Lambs’ Remembrance

By Samantha Rose Routledge


The Lambs Club, America’s first professional theater club, recently published the latest issue of their newsletter, dubbed the “Lambs’ Script,” which is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. It features testimonials given by The Lambs members, one of whom resides in Rockaway.

Since 1932, the quarterly newsletter highlights activities within the club, achievements of individual members, special features and historical information.

The members of the Lambs Club took a look back at the time of horror and confusion when phone lines were down, and people couldn’t reach their children, family or friends for hours. The members of The Lambs Club show in their tribute that despite the despair brought on by September 11, people came together in unimaginable ways and to create an unbreakable bond.

Part of their tribute, however, hits relatively close to home. The Lambs Club says they were honored and proud to display within the pages of the Script, a selection of beautiful photographs that highlight the magnificent and honorable Tribute Park.

In 2001, shortly after the horrific events of 9/11, The Lambs’ Script staff presented the memorable issue, opening the ‘Editor’s Notes’ with the words, “We are living through strange times, wading through troubled waters.” The same could still be said about current times as The Lambs’ Script honors the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The recent 2011 memorial issue repeats these words and features images of Tribute Park, which speaks loudly to the fact that no one will ever forget the lives lost in one of the hardest struck communities in New York City during the September 11 attacks.

Thanks to a combination of community support and dedication, visitors get to enjoy the beauty inside Tribute Park which features a massive granite sculpture topped with a stone-carved fireman’s hat. Etched on “Firemen’s Rock” is the name of more than 300 Rockaway firefighters lost on 9/11. The plaza walk is fashioned from bricks carved with the names of the 70 Rockaway residents that were lost, and nearby a memorial honors the 22 Rockaway police officers that lost their lives the day the towers fell.

If you have not yet had the privilege of experiencing the beauty and serenity of Tribute Park, it is located at the end of Beach 116 Street, just off Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. The sight overlooks the expanse of the Manhattan skyline beyond Jamaica Bay, where the “twin towers” once stood so proudly.

The Lambs Club was established way back in 1874 but still provides a social gathering place for people in the performing arts spectrum to discuss their trade. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians gather to celebrate their love for the theater.

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