Bungalow Movie Screening Brings Hundreds To NY Museum
It was standing room only at the Museum of the City of New York for the first Manhattan screening of "The Bungalows Of Rockaway" on Tuesday.
The November 13 event brought out current and former residents and others interested in historic preservation, as more than 300 people packed the museum's auditorium for a showing of a rough cut of the film, followed by discussion.
The film, to be shown eventually on public television, traces the history of the bungalow from the time when thousands covered the peninsula in the 1900s to today, when less than 500 remain; what they mean to the Rockaways and its residents; and their possible demise as a result of rezoning and associated development.
Commenting on the turnout, the museum's president and director Susan Henshaw Jones said, "This evening has struck a chord with people."
Echoing that feeling was Lila Factor who, as a child, spent summers in a Far Rockaway bungalow community in the 1940s and '50s.
Andrew S. Dolkart, a professor at Columbia University, said people should contact the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to support landmark status for the remaining bungalows on Beach 24, 25, 26 and 27 Street.
Also attending the event were New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr.Vivian Carter contributed to this article