2008-05-23 / Community

Bike Tour Highlights Historic Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

The May 17 tour started on Beach 10 Street with former teacher Vivian Carter discussing a brief history of Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The May 17 tour started on Beach 10 Street with former teacher Vivian Carter discussing a brief history of Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance sponsored a bike trip through historic Rockaway last weekend. The ride included historical commentary by Rockaway resident Vivian Carter, as stops were made at 14 different sites along the route from Beach 10 Street to Riis Park.

Among the places visited were the bungalows on Beach 25 and 108 Streets, Schilling's Roadhouse (now the Irish Circle) on Beach 102 Street, and the sites of the Hotel Lorraine and Hotel Imperial. The latter, which was built in the late 1800's and billed as the largest hotel in the world, was eventually torn down without ever opening.

Copies of the 110th Anniversary Commemorative Issue of The Wave were given out to riders, courtesy of The Wave.

Carter shows bicyclists a copy of the original deed that transferred the ownership of Rockaway from Native American tribal leaders to European settlers. Carter shows bicyclists a copy of the original deed that transferred the ownership of Rockaway from Native American tribal leaders to European settlers. Carter, right, discusses the Russell Sage Memorial at the First Presbyterian Church on Beach 12 Street. Also pictured is Rockaway Waterfront Alliance president Jeanne Dupont. Carter, right, discusses the Russell Sage Memorial at the First Presbyterian Church on Beach 12 Street. Also pictured is Rockaway Waterfront Alliance president Jeanne Dupont. Bikers take off for the two-hour ride to Riis Park. Among the places visited were the bungalows on Beach 25 and Beach 108 Streets, Schilling's Roadhouse (now the Irish Circle) on Beach 102 Street, and the sites of the Hotel Lorraine and Hotel Imperial. Bikers take off for the two-hour ride to Riis Park. Among the places visited were the bungalows on Beach 25 and Beach 108 Streets, Schilling's Roadhouse (now the Irish Circle) on Beach 102 Street, and the sites of the Hotel Lorraine and Hotel Imperial. Next stop -  the bungalows at Beach 25 Street. Next stop - the bungalows at Beach 25 Street.

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