The Wave Marks 125 Years

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The Wave announced it will run a “Looking Back” series in the lead-up to a special issue commemorating the Rockaway Beach-based publication’s 125th year. In the inaugural piece in the series, managing editor Mark Healey gives an overview of the newspaper’s history.

In 1892, a massive fire broke out in the middle of the Rockaway peninsula, wiping out all of the wooden buildings.  A local printer decided that the Brooklyn and Hempstead newspapers could not cover the story adequately and put out a broadsheet of his own with a large headline “Wave of Fire Sweeps Seaside.” Just like that, The Wave was born.

From the opening of Playland in 1901 – “That put Rockaway – and The Wave – on the map” – to the “marvelous rebirth” of Old Irishtown to a new boardwalk and ferry service in 2017, Healey recounts years past of the paper and the area.

The Wave had continuously published since its early days – that is, until a recent event destroyed more than 100 years of bound volumes. Find out what that was, and read the story that kicks off their “Looking Back” series – involving a 92-year-old grandmother who almost lost a $1 million lottery ticket – in Healey’s full story.

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