2005-10-21 / Columnists

Historical Views

of the Rockaways The Edward Glinnen cottages at Seaside - 1914 to 1938
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

of the Rockaways

The Edward Glinnen cottages at Seaside - 1914 to 1938

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

In 1914, Edward Glinnen of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, bought a piece of oceanfront property on Beach 108 Street, down to the ocean’s edge. The plot he purchased was on the westerly side of the old seaside tent city, which went south (if you will) in 1913. Mr. Glinnen built ten six-room cottages on wood pilings over the beach. Each cottage had four bedrooms and private baths.

Today’s Historical View is of Glinnen’s Court on the beachfront at Beach 108 Street in Seaside during the early 1920s. The “L” shaped group of cottages contained five along an east/west line (on the left) and five on a north/south line at the center of the photo.

The taller building in the back of the north/south five is McIntoshe’s Alligator House, formerly Quigley’s, and later the O’Reilly Brothers Ocean Breeze Hotel and Baths. Just absorb what’s in the photo and let your fantasies flow! Isn’t this a sight to see…. which is a lot better than a hi-rise apartment house!

Unfortunately, when the boardwalk was built in the mid 1920s, Glinnen lost the three cottages on the right. And to add insult to injury, Glinnen lost the other seven when Shorefront Parkway (the road that goes from nowhere to nowhere) was built by the pharaoh Robert Moses.

Relatively speaking, was yesteryear better than this year? Which would you rather have had? Many thanks to Dorothy Glinnen McCucheon of Rockaway Beach for today’s beautiful view of old Rockaway!

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