On his 25 minute walk to work through Edgemere — the low-slung beachfront neighborhood of old clapboard houses and public housing east of the newly fashionable Rockaway Beach — Richie Jackson says he might only pass a couple of delis or fast-food joints.

“This isn’t Main Street America we’re talking about here,” said the 52-year-old, who lives in NYCHA’s Ocean Bay complex. When the neighborhood was first developed over a century ago, it was marketed as “The New Venice,” but these days the only thing it has in common with that storied city is that both are under the constant threat of rising sea level; it was among the areas in the city hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, and while the city has developed a plan to remake the area, it’s still years away from being fully realized.

On his 25 minute walk to work through Edgemere — the low-slung beachfront neighborhood of old clapboard houses and public housing east of the newly fashionable Rockaway Beach — Richie Jackson says he might only pass a couple of delis or fast-food joints. “This isn’t Main Street America we’re […]

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