2004-07-09 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

From The Rockaway Museum
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Boulevard, Rockaway Beach,

Historical Views
of the Rockaways
by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Boulevard, Rockaway Beach,


Hammels Section, 1907

Today in Historical Views we go back to about 1907, and we are standing on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Beach 86 Street intersection, looking west. Does this scene look familiar to you who live, work, or pass through the same area at present? If you follow the trolley track on the right, to the background, you’ll find the present-day Wave building. In the photo, it was Roger’s Hardware building, built in 1907. The Wave is, at this time, in the three-story building to the left and on the south side of the boulevard. The post office is also in the building.

The new Belgian block paving on the boulevard was completed by the Ocean Electric Trolley Company. The installation of grooved girder rails, made traffic on the boulevard a pleasure, instead of a nuisance. The rails did not protrude above the blocks.

On the left foreground up: Moritz Langenzen’s Deli; Western Union Telegraph; W.T. Kennedy, Architect; F.P. Keeper, Architect; W.C. Eckman, Photographer; Weiner’s Bakery; R. Holst Shoes; Regan’s Milk Store; G.R. Hendrikson, Blacksmith; Lyric Theatre, Julius Berger; J.B. Barber, Tailor; Hadler’s Haberdashery; Nadel’s Department Store; U.S. Post Office; The Wave Newspaper; and Volunteer Hose and Ladder #1.

On the right, foreground up: Mary Pachinger’s Saloon; Dashby’s Stationary & Ice Cream Parlor; Andrew Nelson, Painting and Decorating; Moris Piza, Real Estate; Philip Nybo, Photographer; D.W. Hutchens, Dentist; John F. Marsden, Florist; H.I. Degroot, Dentist; Chubbuck’s Drugstore; Excelsior Meat & Produce, Jacob Rosenthal; Mechanics Hall; J. Hallstein, Blacksmith/Wagons; F.C. Chaffee, Awnings – Tents - Flags; Roger’s Hardware; George Gross, Plumber; Hirshberg’s Postcard Store (R.B.I).

All people visible are wearing heavy coats, and the low winter sun is casting long shadows. The line of shadow would make the time about noon, on a Sunday – when everyone slept late. The photographer knew his business.

The two wagons are horse drawn, and I wonder what those stains are on the boulevard blocks?


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