2009-06-19 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

of the Rockaways Arverne Of Old: Tent Camps, Bungalow Rows, Hotels and Rooming Houses
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Historical Views of the Rockaways
Arverne Of Old: Tent Camps, Bungalow Rows, Hotels and Rooming Houses
This old postcard view of Arverne's Beachfront was taken from atop the Batchelor Inn (built out over the beach at Beach 71 Street) in 1912. The old Arverne Hotel, a giant among giants, is now known as the new Prince Hotel, after the new owner - Henry Prince. The hotel had three eight story towers with a grand view of the area. Arverne's ocean tent city and the Remington Bungalows, as well as the Carlton/Summerfield Baths are behind the boardwalk, in this noontime photo taken at low tide. Two years later, the great storm of 1914 left the Batchelor Inn laying on its side and crushed, after being knocked off the pile foundation upon which the hotel stood over the beach. The Prince Hotel was on Beach 69 Street, the row of bungalows on Beach 70 Street, and the building between (at right center) is the Avery Inn.

 

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