The large, colorful mascot of The Rockaways that was destroyed by Sandy will get reborn, according to its original artist in an article written by Meg Cotner for QueensNYC.com.
“Whalemina, a large fiberglass whale sculpture, was one of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. She sat for years near the boardwalk and Beach 94th St. Local activist Eddy Pastore called her the Rockaways “mascot” who guarded the shore front. But Sandy was too much for her and she was destroyed. However, the original artist wants to bring her back.
She originally was a grey fiberglass sculpture – called “Jonah’s Whale” at the time – that lived at the Central Park Children’s Zoo from 1961-1995. After that in the 90s, the late Sal Arena learned that as part of a Zoo makeover the whale was going to be removed. He asked that it be sent to the Rockaways, so the NY Parks Department worked with the Rockaway Beach Civic Association and Community Board 14, and the whale found its new home along the boardwalk after that.”