2001-05-19 / Columnists

Historical Views by Emil Lucev

Every so often, a postcard company published a special card featuring several small pictures or other photo cards available. They were published for collectors or for those interested in particular areas.

Today’s Historical Views shows such a card dedicated to Far Rockaway collectors.

The card was mailed in 1911, but features two 1902 Rockaway Beach photos (those at top left and top right). At bottom left is an early 1900’s view of Central Avenue looking north from Plainview Avenue. At bottom right, we are looking down Central Avenue from Mott Avenue at about the same time period (the Beach Trolley ran to the beach on the tracks shown in the picture). At bottom center is a view of the foot or vehicle bridge to the outer (Hog Island) beach at about 1900. The bridge was an extension of Beach 17 Street (then, Grandview Avenue) to the ocean shore. If the picture at bottom right confuses you, Cornaga Avenue is located down by the building with the flagpole on the right in the background. The avenue at bottom right was much wider for almost 100 feet, fronting the Hotel Francaise, complete with a first class French restaurant on Central Avenue, in the heart of Far Rockaway. The site later became the Columbia Theater Vaudeville and Movie house.

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