2009-08-07 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Let's Go To The Beach At Rockaway
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Many a deleted expletive was uttered by drivers of automobiles in the mid 1920s to the late 1930s.

Getting to the beach on a hot summer day during the week was not as bad as on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday!

The original Crossbay Bridge was only four lanes wide—two in—two out! But when the summer crunch came, it was three lanes in (pictured today) and one lane out. This was reversed in late afternoon to three lanes out and one lane in.

The cars in the foreground are just entering the traffic circle on the Rockaway side of the bridge, Broad Channel in the background.

There appears to have been a fender bender or bumper lock on cars opposite the policemen and an onlooker.

Imagine getting a flat or running out of gas in this situation, and the missus asking why the cars aren't moving at all!

These '20s—'30s traffic jams went well past Sunrise Highway and Sheppard's Bridge up to Atlantic Avenue and beyond—during the mad dash to get home after a day at the beach.

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