2003-11-14 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Our Beachfront at Ten-Year Intervals
From The Rockaway MuseumDedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views of the Rockaways Our Beachfront at Ten-Year Intervals From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Historical Views
of the Rockaways
Our Beachfront at Ten-Year Intervals
From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke


What man puteth on the beach, nature taketh it away! Here are three photos of the beach at Hammels, Edgemere and Far Rockaway: Taken at ten year intervals which show a washout, a big fill, and another washout.

The first photo was taken facing east on a hanging stairway at Beach 87 Street. All the stairs say – "Watch that last step, it’s a *$%#@!" The series of storms of 1973 caused this serious erosion and woke a lot of citizens up!

The next photo was taken in 1984 and shows how the beach fill at Edgemere and Far Rockaway was being reclaimed by King Neptune.

Picture three – 1993 – shows that nature had taken the beach back to square one!


It is now almost ten years again and another picture is due. I wonder what it will look like?



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