2004-11-26 / Columnists

Historical Views

of the Rockaways
By Howard Schwach


Workers pose at Beach 56 Street and the beachfront in January of 1930, almost 75 years ago, as they get ready to begin building a section of the Rockaway Boardwalk. This section, from Beach 56 Street east to Beach 21 Street, will hopefully be completed by Decoration Day, according to an old article and picture in The Wave. Queens Borough President George Harvey, who is somewhere in the picture, sunk the first spike into the beach to begin the work.

The 45-block stretch cost the city $600,000, a good sum in that day.

According to the article, the next section to be built, from Beach 21 Street to the eastern end of the peninsula, was to begin as soon as the present section was completed.

Today, the boardwalk runs from Beach 9 Street (where it is made of concrete rather than wood) to Beach 126 Street, and any one or two block section would cost the same $300,000 to repair.

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