After receiving complaints from Howard Beach residents, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) sent a letter to Josh Laird, National Parks Commissioner, urging him to take immediate action and repair the damaged fence along the northeast side of the Joseph Addabbo Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach.
“Our hardworking families have been through enough after Sandy, and they deserve a neighborhood that they can be proud to call home,” Goldfeder said. “The level of deterioration and unsightly conditions at the foot of the Addabbo Bridge in Howard Beach is unacceptable and I strongly urge the National Park Service to step up its efforts immediately.”
Nearly 17 months ago, Superstorm Sandy blew down the fence, which acted as a barricade for trespassers. The fence still has not been restored — creating a gateway for pedestrians and fishermen to freely walk through the area — polluting the grounds. The unsightly appearance of the rundown fence is an eyesore for not only residents, but customers that frequent the restaurants and shops adjacent to the NPS property.