2002-07-27 / Community

Rockaway Included In

Queens Parks Exhibition
Rockaway Included In Queens Parks Exhibition

Queens Parks Exhibition

The City of New York Parks and Recreation is proud to present "Queens Jewels: A History of Queens Parks," now thru September 5, 2002. The exhibit features ten vintage images of Rockaway Beach.

The exhibition examines the regal history and highlights of Queens Parks. It features more than seventy archival and contemporary photographs, as well as vintage postcards, historic renderings, artifacts and memorabilia. The accompanying 16-page guide includes two shots of the Rockaways.

The vintage images of Rockaway include: On the Beach circa. 1907; Tilyou's Boardwalk Amusement Park, circa 1909; One of The Sisters I Met at Rockaway, circa 1907-1915; Tent City, Rockaway Beach, circa 1907-1915; Riis Park Bathing Pavilion, 1937; Nuns on Beach at Riis Park, 1934; Surfers at Rockaway Beach, 1970; SurfShop Wagon Concession, Riis Park, 1940; Group Calisthenics at Riis Park Beach, 1934; and Riis Park Lifeguards, 1934.

A century ago Queens had no park system, only a scattering of town greens and squares, and its largest park was known misleadingly as the Brooklyn Forest. Today Queens, the largest borough in size and the second most populous, boasts more than 7,000 acres of green space, including thirteen parks, two recreation centers, and a golf course.

From the prime Atlantic beachfront of Rockaway to playgrounds, recreation centers, pools, golf courses, natural wetlands, historic houses and monuments, this show illustrates the range of features and activities in Queens Parks from its origins to now.

The photographs in the exhibit are from the New York City Parks Photo Archive and Parks Department collections, along with images on loan from the Queens Central Library, Long Island Division. Additional pictures or "outtakes" may be found on Parks' website www.nyc.gov/parks.

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Arsenal Gallery, 64 Street and Fifth Avenue in Central Park.

The exhibition is curated by Director of Art & Antiquities Jonathan Kahn. Both the exhibition and historical brochure are sponsored by BP.

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