From the Daily News:
Years before surfers and foodies rediscovered Rockaway and made it a hip place to visit, a group of homeowners took a chance.
They purchased homes at Arverne by the Sea, a suburban-styled subdivision built on an urban renewal tract.
But now residents of that growing community say they feel betrayed by the city, which plans to place public comfort stations near the beach for the first time in the area.
Residents complain the modernistic, modular structures would block their oceanfront views and lure day-trippers to an area with scant street parking.
While beaches in Rockaway are owned and operated by the city, public access has always been an issue.
Beaches in some neighborhoods, including the more upscale sections of Belle Harbor and Neponsit, are not easily reached by non-residents. There are no real amenities for visitors and street parking is heavily restricted. The closest subway stop is miles away. Most visitors rely on Jacob Riis Park, which is run by the National Park Service.
In Arverne, however, the subway is just up the street.
So basically, they want a private beach. You live between the water and a subway. People are gonna come. Personally, I would rather have tons of beachgoers and a bit of a blight on the horizon than the ghetto that's there now. But I didn't buy a house there.