Historical Viewsof the Rockaways
From The Rockaway Museum
Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Hotel Commodore and the Pickwick Arms Apartments had only one thing in common. They both catered to the whims of simmering summer visitors wanting to cool off at the beach and avoid boiling over! The Commodore was a giant hotel on Beach 127 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and the Pickwick was an apartment house near the boards on Beach 117 Street.
Back in 1917 the Lubin Apartments was going up on Beach 117 Street and there was a great furor over this in Rockaway Park. The Lubin buildings went down during a mysterious fire that unfortunately took a few other buildings with it. Almost a decade later, after restrictions on apartment houses were eased in Rockaway Park, the Pickwick apartment house went up near the old Lubin site. The disposition of Pickwick is not known. Can someone give some info?
The Hotel Commodore went up in the late 1920's and was under the Schorr Company's managements until it was demolished in the 1970's. The Schorr Company had managed Rockaway hotels for decades, and the Commodore was its crowning achievement.
Both establishments rented for the day, week or season at reasonable rates, which made them rivals in the old Rockaways. Can you imagine staying at such elegant places in summer?