Reminiscing With 'Historical Views'
Every week I enjoy your Historical Views of the Rockaways section, although most of the time I'm too young to remember the subject. The week of November 14, however, was different. During the summer of 1973, I was a lifeguard at the Beach 106 Street shack and I often sat at Beach 98 Street (Playland). That summer, as your photo shows, there was essentially no beach. The lifeguards sat on the boardwalk steps rather than in chairs.
Because of the attraction of Playland, that beach was often very crowded. If it was low tide in the morning the beachgoers would set themselves up on the beach, not realizing that at high tide the water went under the boardwalk. As the tide came in the afternoon, we would station ourselves in the water about waist high. Every wave that came in would wash out all kinds of flotsam - beach chairs, blankets and people. We would pick the people out of the water and deposit them safely on the steps. It was actually a bizarre sight to see. Thanks for keeping items of local interest in your paper.
PETER GAVIN, MD