1949 Ads Spotlight Rockaway Resort Heydays
When Rockaway was in its heyday as a summer resort destination for the entire east coast, its restaurants, amusement parks, homes and apartment buildings were the envy of the entire city. These three ads spotlight what the properties were like in 1949, when these ads appeared in the Chamber of Commerce’s “Rockaway Review,” a yearly publication that often included articles by city and local officials and that was distributed all over the city. The Hotel Del Mar, spotlighted in The Wave last week, was one of the more exclusive hotels, catering hall and restaurant on the peninsula. The Wave got many calls from people who had their wedding or bar mitzvah in the Del Mar in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Today, it is the Chai Home for Adults on the Boardwalk at Beach 125 Street.
The Loyard Apartments at the Boardwalk and Beach 122 Street is still there, albeit no longer “Rockaway’s Finest and Most Exclusive Apartment House.” Many of the apartments in the building still mimic the grandeur of the building’s past with sunken living rooms and ornate decor. A number of the boardwalk buildings from Beach 117 Street to the end of the boardwalk on Beach 126 Street have fallen on hard times or have been turned into condominiums now selling for high prices. In most cases, there was controversy over the buildings when they were first built because they were “out of character”
The Commodore Hotel, at Beach 127 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard no longer exists. Condos now stand where this venerable eatery once stood, also soon to be the fate of the Washington Hotel, only two blocks away.