2003-03-22 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

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

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

by Emil Lucev, Curator

Thetis Avenue and St. Mark's Avenue - Seaside

When the south side railroad removed its tracks from Seaside, between Hollywood Avenue (Beach 101 St.), a new Grand Central Boulevard was laid out through the heart of Seaside. This was in 1887. A George W. Isaacs now owned land in Seaside, from about Beach 105 Street to Beach 110 street. He built a road through his property, connected it to Grand Central Boulevard and named it Washington Avenue.

Later development of Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor, Neponsit and Riis Park gave their main boulevards - a continuation of Isaacs Boulevard - Washington Avenue.

A 1907 atlas revealed that the name of Grand Central Boulevard, thru Seaside, had been changed to St. Mark's Avenue. The atlas of 1912 revealed another change of the name to Washington Avenue (from Beach 101 Street to Beach 169 Street).

The back of today's Historical View is marked in longhand as being Beach 109 Street and St. Mark's Avenue, but I cannot (using various atlases) figure out which end is up, if you will.

The boulevard could be from left to right - and the truck on Beach 109 Street. The time could possibly be sometime during the 1920's, and if so, we could be looking at what was the front yard of what we know as Peninsula Spring Company at present?

How about it, out there in Waveland? Can anyone help us out on this one?

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