2005-05-27 / Columnists

Historical Views

of the Rockaways Roxbury, At The Rockaway Point!
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

of the Rockaways
Roxbury, At The Rockaway Point!

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

The section of the Rockaway Peninsula known as Roxbury, was, in the early 1870’s, the point of the Rockaway Peninsula. From then on the rapid extension, or the natural accretion of sand to the west, left the Roxbury section behind and kept on heading west until the rock jetty was installed at the point in 1933.

Mr. John Roxbury managed a hotel in the Rockaway Park section in the late 1890’s. Later on, at about the turn of the century (1900 + or -) John Roxbury died, and his wife Minnie carried on at their Roxbury Hotel.

The tiny hamlet on the shore of Jamaica Bay, grew rapidly into an exclusive and very restful place…and this theme has carried to the present.

Views of old Roxbury are very rare to come by. Yours truly has two, and one is published today in Historical Views.

Taken in the early 1920’s, from the old Roxbury Dock, the camera is facing east towards Beach 169 Street (at about dead center) and the aviation hangars of the Rockaway Naval Air Station on the left side. A few bathers are on the bay beach, and a group is on the wood enclosed high ground with a stair down to the beach.

The sign shown, barely readable, says, “candy/cigarettes/tobacco”, so a small shop must be available.

Information on early Roxbury is hard to come by. Yours truly would appreciate any info on John and Minnie Roxbury.

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