2005-06-10 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Looking East Up Mott Avenue
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

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

In order to shoot today’s Historical View of Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, our photographer set up his camera on the easterly side of the Long Island Railroad tracks which crossed Mott Avenue at about today’s Beach 22 Street.

We are looking east up Mott Avenue, and the present Beach 21 Street is at the lower right. On the southeast corner of Beach 21 Street is the large Hotel Manhattan, adorned with Pabst Milwaukee Beer signs.

Next is the Goetz and Company Piano Store in the four-story brick structure; an office building once referred to as the Hinkle Building? Then comes the United Cigar Store on the southwest corner of Central and Mott Avenues. On the southeast corner is the old Smith Building. At the northeast corner of Central and Mott Avenues is the original Far Rockaway Carnagie Library, which opened in 1904.

The open spaces on the left are the grounds of the Far Rockaway Long Island Railroad station. The poles mark the entrance roadway off Mott Avenue. A horse and carriage, probably a taxi, is awaiting a fare.

Prior to the movement of the trolley tracks directly to Central Avenue from the station (to left out of sight), the trolleys used to come out (along the poles) to Mott Avenue, where the track turned left to central. There the track turned right for the run to the beach. Strange as it seems, the taxi driver seems to be all alone in the area! Is he in the twilight zone?

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