2009-02-06 / Letters

Remembering Fallen Angels

Dear Editor,

I have been coming to the Rockaways for 40 years. I am best friends and neighbor to Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan and the beautiful Rosemary Sullivan Murphy. Mrs. Sullivan was kind enough to let my Daddy, the late Barney use her ladder and floral equipment as we were quite poor.

Mrs. Sullivan is a great friend. She gives me clothes, shoes and bathing suits on the house. I have given them flowers, whiskey and new outdoor tables! We are without a doubt and always will be Irish friends on the old traditional Irish block of Beach 109 Street.

Nothing can ever split the friendship between the McMahons and Sullivans. It goes back more than 40 years. It was through knowing the Sullivans, I met the very beautiful and charming Beverly Baxter. I first saw Beverly on Beach 116 Street. I did wonder who this beauty was in a white silk suit and white silk hat. She was too glamorous for Beach 116 Street.

J.J. Moore, the local Irish handyman told me Beverly was the new wife of Owen Baxter. I could not believe it. Beverly Baxter belonged in South Hampton, not Beach 116 Street. I could never see what she saw in Owen but love is blind. I saw Beverly and Owen together several times. Beverly saw something in Owen that no one did.

Beverly Baxter envisioned a future for Rockaway which is coming to pass with the sale of the beautiful Ocean Grande apartments on Beach 116 Street. Rockaway is one of the finest places in the world.

I have been lucky enough to travel the world and love Rockaway, its clubs, its people, its unique flavor, more and more each year. The only place better than Rockaway is Monte Carlo in the South of France.

Beverly Baxter and the late wife of Marvin Eisenstadt, were two of the most beautiful ladies ever in New York. Both ladies were extremely classy. While they were not Irish, they were extremely friendly, beautiful, cultural, and were IRISH in a special Rockaway way. Both loved the theatre, museums, music, show business, jewelry and beautiful clothes. I went to several cultural events with Marvin Eisenstadt and his late wife. I joined the writer's club.

I will return to Rockaway, Beach 109 Street, and will write a love song to Beverly and the late Barbara Eisenstadt. The song will be "Two Irish Angels."

PEGGY Mc MAHON

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