Congregation Derech Emonuh at Beach 67th street opened in 1905. Urban renewal caused the loss of most of the congregation and the building deteriorated badly over the years. Recent restorations by the new congregation has helped to sustain the structure.
A neighborhood that was once lined with homes, bungalows and stores now lays dormant, the victim of a city planning debacle. In the late 1960s the area of Beach 56th street to Beach 73rd street, known as Arverne, which consisted of hundreds of privately owned summer bungalows and small businesses on city owned land was demolished under the umbrella of "Urban Renewal". This 'Urban Renewal' was sidetracked when the City of New York suffered a series of fiscal crises. Since then, the mostly beachfront property has been sitting fallow. Many proposals have been floated for use of the land, but to this date the only serious one has been Destination Technodome, an huge indoor family entertainment center. In recent years, there has been an increase in housing development in Arverne.