2003-11-21 / Columnists

Historical Views

From The Rockaway MuseumDedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Finest in Rockaway Beach
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views

From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Finest in Rockaway Beach – Feiner’s Studio
of the Rockaways


Many photographs of the Rockaways – public and private – bear the printed or embossed name of Feiner’s Studio, Hammels, New York. Carles Feiner was born in Piltz, Russia in 1882. He came to
American in 1904 and during the following year settled in Rockaway Beach with his wife Lisa. The photographic studio he opened at Beach 82 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in 1905, did very well. Four years later the studio moved to Beach 84 Street and the Boulevard.

There it stayed until the new Bank of Manhattan Company built its new bank and office building at the southwest corner of the Boulevard and Beach 84 Street. From 1924 until Feiner’s death in 1940, his studio was located on the northeast corner of Beach 85 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Feiner’s assistant, Phillip Kern, took over the studio and ran it in the same professional tradition as Charles Feiner. I went to P.S. 44 with his son Sandford, until my family moved to Arverne after we bought a house there. I wonder where the Kern Family moved the business to after the Hammels Area was demolished for the building of the Hammels’ Houses in the 1950’s.

Published today in the Historical Views is a sample of Feiner’s work…on a postcard circa 1910. The quality stands out in this beautiful sepia-tone real photo card.

And who is the beautiful child in the photo?


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