The age of the wooden boardwalk is over, so says the honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The sad news for anybody who loves a good splinter came yesterday when hizzoner stopped by the temporary offices of Rockaway newspaper The Wave for a long chat about that state of the peninsula post-Hurricane Sandy. “I guess this settles the issue of wooden boardwalks versus concrete boardwalks," he told the paper. "There will be no more wooden boardwalks in Rockaway or anywhere else."

We guess we all better get used to those concretewalks that started showing up on Coney last year. Though still, it might take a bit of time before the Rockaway boardwalk is back in business. "I don’t know that we can reconstruct the boardwalk before this summer," Bloomberg admitted, "but it will be done.”

As for other insights the mayor brought to Queens? There was no looting! According to Bloomberg while "There was a problem with burglary of homes that were dark and abandoned" that is "different than looting." And "given the context of the devastation that we suffered, there was virtually no looting and local district attorneys have dismissed most of the looting arrests that were made initially."

Also, as the MTA's Sandy impact list made clear, it is going to be a while before the A train makes it back to Rockaway: "The trestle over Jamaica Bay was badly damaged and it will take a long time to fix it. This is not a city project, so I really can’t talk about it knowledgeably, but I do know it will take some time."