2009-11-13 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Remington Avenue, Arverne-1912
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

For today's view, we had our cameraman setup in the center of the boulevard at Remington Avenue (Beach 69 Street) and take a picture of the business block facing west. Starting on the right, at the southwest corner of the intersection, we have Herz's Restaurant, two local and long-distance moving concerns, the Arverne Realty Company, Young's Ice Cream Parlor, And J. Ehrgott's Fruit and Vegetable Market. If you look closely, you will notice that the storefronts are three steps up from the sidewalk and empty butter tubs have been filled with soil and shrubs planted therein. This portion of the boulevard in Arverne was known as Simon's Block, Simon being a merchant and developer in the area. On the opposite corner are Stern's Cottage Hotel, a new building going up, and several empty lots for sale by Karelson Realty of Arverne. The streets are paved with loam or topsoil and a lot of trash is readily seen at the curbs.

The corner to the right of the camera contains an empty lot, and to the left is the huge Hotel Majestic, which featured a tailor shop run by Jupiter the Tailor. Up the block was the giant Arverne Hotel, gardens, the Arverne Casino, and the Arverne Hotel Baths, all connected to the boardwalk by an elevated walk. On the way, there was a gymnasium and a swimming pool, a massage parlor and a manicurist, plus a chiropodist.

In more contemporary times, some may remember Morty's Army/Navy store, the Chalet Luncheonette and Fountain - with hamburgers by "T", the Foodcrest supermarket, Arnell's clothing store, Jack's fruit and vegetable market, the Rexall Drugstore, and the Arverne Community Center.

Does anyone remember when the big Hotel Britain was moved from beachfront at Beach 70 Street, down Beach 69 Street, to be place on the empty lot between Beach 69 and Beach 70 Streets, the right side of this old picture, and was converted into stores and apartments? Was it in the late 1940's?

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