2001-05-26 / Letters

Ghosts Of 98 Street

Ghosts Of 98 Street

Dear Editor;

It’s hard to imagine the change in old Beach 98 Street. As you walk from the Boulevard to the ocean there are large year-round homes now replacing the amusement park, the summer bungalows, restaurants and bars that used to be. It must be quiet at dusk as the street settles down for the night, so unlike years ago when the same street would be coming alive and bustling in the evening.

After a day at the beach or at their jobs residents would head for a walk on the boardwalk or a stroll to 103 Street for a night of dancing and socializing. The soft lights blending with the music coming from O’Gara’s Bar and the happy sounds of people enjoying the rides and the merry-go-round in the park was magical. It was like mid-day. People went back and forth from their lodgings stopping to talk as they ran across the Boulevard to Sam’s Grocery picking up supplies for a late snack or breakfast. Some getting a late night paper or a bucket of beer from O’Gara’s.

It was a summer residence but year after year it became home and being with friends who were woven into the fabric of your life. I wonder if anyone remembers those old ghosts of 98 Street or is it a completely different street with all of the magic faded and forgotten?

GERALDINE M. HARTNER


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