2008-02-01 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

An Artist's Version of a Flat Focal Plane Lens Photograph!
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev,Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S.Locke

Many old postcard publishers had artists make up images of areas by combining a few photographs taken by others into an art form. At other times, this was done to prevent having to make the photographer shoot the scene all over again, in order to save money! Some artists did a good job, and some did the best they could. This view is a compacted version of the Ostend Hotel (right) and the bathing or bathhouse structure on the left.

In reality, old South Street, the present Seagirt Boulevard, runs between the hotel on Beach 14 Street, and the baths at about Beach 16 Street. The bulkhead was several hundred feet to the south of the boulevard, and prevented washouts after this 1918 photo was taken. Such washouts were severe to the east, towards Beach 9 Street.

Now you can use your mind power to stretch this view into the proper dimension, that is, if you are electronically challenged, and still able to use your god given computer between your ears, Aey!

Both establishments succumbed to destruction by fire in the late 1930s after being taken over by New York City via tax liens!!!

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