2006-04-14 / Community

A View Of Parking On Beach 116 Street In 1929- Rockaway Park

A year before this postcard was published, the Long Island Railroad discontinued its ocean electric trolley service on the Rockaway peninsula, due to lack of ridership, loss of revenue, and competition from new bus lines running east and west as the trolley did.

This scene is so bucolic that I do not think it was taken from the trop of the firehouse in October of 1929, directly after the stock market crash, when it would have been much more hectic on the street.

It seems as though all the shoppers stayed home and the day was dismal looking. Anyway, notice the parking changes on the beach and bay sides of Beach 116 Street at this time. The malls are gone from the beach side and center parking is not in vogue. On the bay side, back-in parking is now allowable on both sides. Notice that the center parking was head-in (from the west side of the street) and only one row was allowed.

Of course you know what happened before long! That's right! Changes to the changes were elected. Can you guess what was done this time? Tune in to next week's issue to follow up!

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