Historical Views of the Rockaways
From The Rockaway Museum
Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
With certain areas of the peninsula still encouraging the building of first class hotels, the rest eased restrictions on high-rise apartment houses. In the 1920's and 1930's, many apartment buildings went up locally. The Loyard went up in Rockaway Park near the boards, as did the Russanoff Apartments on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Park.
The Minda (Atlantic) Apartments followed in Arverne on Beach 67 Street, south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The Gold Apartments on Amstel Boulevard and Beach 67 Street (Amstel now Beach Channel Drive) and the Amstel Apartments on Amstel Boulevard and Beach 36 Street. There were none built in Hammels, Holland, Seaside, Belle Harbor or Neponsit at that point.
Far Rockaway followed with 29 apartment houses up until the Wavecrest Apartments opened in 1957.
The Nordek Apartments were the last in Arverne at this time, and from then on housing projects were built in Far Rockaway, Edgemere, Arverne and Hammels. Later followed the ultra high-rise era in the Rockaways, from Far Rockaway to Seaside, and almost at Rockaway Point. Ever wonder what is under the high dunes between Ft. Tilden and the Breezy Point Cooperative?