2003-12-19 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Greetings from Rockaway, N.Y. - 1909
From The Rockaway Museum
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Historical Views of the Rockaways

Historical Views
of the Rockaways


Greetings from Rockaway, N.Y. - 1909

From The Rockaway Museum

by Emil Lucev, Curator

Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Every once in a while, a choice real photo postcard turns up, but as all else today…the cost is fanatical! This week’s Historical Views is of one such card labeled on the reverse side, "This card is a real photograph on bromide paper printed in England."

Most pre-World War I postcards were printed in Germany, as that country had the best printing quality for color reproductions. The words "made in England" make this card worth double of what I paid for it.

As you have already noticed, there are four mini-views (and nice ones I might add) of sites in the Rockaways.

At top left, marked Boardwalk, is an excellent view of the original Rockaway Park Boardwalk, about three steps above the beach. Above the walk is Curley’s Atlas Hotel at Fifth Avenue (Beach 116 Street) and beyond are the Park Inn Hotel and Baths.

At bottom right is an excellent view of the original Park Inn Hotel opposite Curley’s Atlas on Beach 116 Street. Both hotels were first class!

At bottom left is a great picture of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church on Fairview Avenue (now Beach 84 Street). The church was opened for service only three years prior to this photo.

At top right is an in-depth photo of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, looking east from Beach 84 Street. On the right (in the photo) is Yokel’s Hotel where the first silent movies were shown on the peninsula. Opposite is Weiner’s delicatessen, considered the best in town.

Down the road, generally, are Kohn’s Department Store; Chubbuck’s Pharmacy; Western Union; Rosenthal’s Butcher Shop; The Telephone Building; Caliguiri’s Barber Shop; Feiner’s Studio; Tuttle’s Ice Cream Parlor; John Lee Gas and Electric Fixtures; Corde’s Custom Tailor Shop; Dominick Spinelli Landscape, Gardening and Contractor; Teetsel and Cleven Carpenters; C. Pulle Mason and Plasterer; I. Zaret Furniture, Bedding, Stones and Ranges; M. Kleinman Real Estate; Moritz Langamzen Wine, Liquors, Delicacies; Sheffield Farms/ Slawson-Decker Milk Depot; The Criterion Hotel; Trudden and Son Undertakers; Regan’s Milk Store; The Bank of Long Island; Rush’s Drug Store; Frankel’s Electrical Contractors; Rehm and Protz Sidewalk COntractors; August Bellon Horseshoes, Carriage and Wagon Builders, Heavy Blacksmithing; Frank (succ to Ed F.J. Zimmerman) Signs and Wagon or Carriage Painter; Hutchens the Dentist; Degroot the Dentist; Kenzie’s Piano and Vocal Instruction; T.C. McKennee Lawyer; Mrs. Lillian Roberts Pianoforte Lessons; J.A. Roberts Singing and Voice Instruction; Roes West Arverne Grocery; Weiner’s Bakery; Olinto P. Bottini Landscaping Gardener; J.E. Winslow Hardware; Joseph Dumb Shoes for Smart People; Moritz A. Piza Real Estate; Martin’s Photo Gallery; Coedel’s Fish Market; Cellar’s Meat Market; Bielsky’s Bicycle Repair and Machine Shop; F.A. Kingston Tin and Sheet Iron Worker; M. Taus Wine, Liquors, Grocery and Deli; Burger’s Grocery; H.N. Smith Eggs, Tea, Coffee; G.R. Hendrickson Horsehoer and Blacksmith; John Carle Jr. Plumber and Glass Fitter; J. Moen Plumber and Glass Fitter; J.W. Repperger Sanitary Plumber; G. Carnavos Ice Cream Parlor; Brandreth Hotel; Schmidt’s Dalcassian Café; John T. Doran News Dealer; I. Robins Dry Goods; L. Nadel’s Department Store; Nathan Goldberg’s Motion Picture Theatre; Bennett’s Motion Picture Theatre;

That’s quite a lot to get from such a small picture – isn’t it? But stand on the Boulevard at Beach 84 Street today and count the stores you see, or walk down and check it out. I bet you won’t run out of fingers counting! Get the message?


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