2006-10-20 / Columnists

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of the Rockaways The Old Arverne/Prince Hotel... 1888 to 1935
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

of the Rockaways
The Old Arverne/Prince Hotel... 1888 to 1935

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

When the new Rockaway Beach development called Arverne opened for the 1888 season, the grand eight-story Arverne Hotel opened its doors for the first time. The magnificent edifice was a first class hostelry built on Remington Avenue (Beach 69 Street) by the founder of the Arverne section, Remington Vernan. Vernan died in 1907, and four years later the hotel was taken over by Henry A. Prince.

Today's View shows the Hotel Prince that was remodeled with square flat towers from the pointed originals of 1888.

The Remington cottages are on the right below the boulevard, and to the left was the large hotel garden, a casino, hotel baths and an elevated walk to the Arverne boardwalk.

As the older clientele passed and the tastes of the younger generation changed, popularity waned and the hotel faded in obscurity. A great fire consumed the structure in 1935, and as a result a few of the other great but empty hotels were torn down. Rumor had it that arsonists for hire were torching buildings, were later caught and arrested, and no follow-up stories were ever found. I wonder why?

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