2003-03-08 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

From The Rockaway Museum Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
Steaks and Chops and Alka Seltzer, 1895
By Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views of the Rockaways From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke Steaks and Chops and Alka Seltzer, 1895

Historical Views of the Rockaways From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

By Emil Lucev, Curator

Steaks and Chops and Alka Seltzer, 1895

Pictures from the attic, by Denise Brunner of Belle Harbor, is presented once again in Historical Views.

The view is captioned Albert's Drugstore, that being the drugstore of Albert V. S. Milan on Lincoln Street (Beach 77 Street) in West Arverne.

The old photo album of Dr. W. H. Philleo found in the attic, belonged to the family of Dr. Philleo, who was a druggist himself. Here in Hammels and Far Rockaway, several years before 1900, the record so far shows that Dr, Philleo sold out and became a physician on call. The Wave of 1896 states that calls for Dr. Philleo can be left at drugstores from Seaside to Arverne, and will be promptly attended to. More on Dr. Philleo, a sort of mystery man, in later Views.

Philleo and Milan were both druggists and good friends on a first name basis, but Philleo only went by initials W. H.

Milan's was the leading drugstore in West Arverne (which western line was at Beach 79 Street) and I am surprised that there is no sign on his establishment, on the right in the photo. The store was on the south side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Beach 76 Street, which was then Lincoln Street, later Kneer Avenue. For those who can remember the section of West Arverne, old Cosmo's Barber Shop was on the opposite side of the boulevard.

Next door to the store in the photo is Otto Schubert's Oyster and Chop House, which was frequently mentioned in The Wave. Otto has signs - two of them!

Next door to Milan's, on the right, is a narrow alley and then a two story house. Two women with children stand by the porch.

Tune in next week for another picture from the attic!


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