Historical Views of the Rockaways
However, a surviving edition of one of the old Far Rockaway newspapers (a 1901 issue), gave H. C. Gunther as the proprietor, German sarsaparilla was one of the libations offered in the hotel bar, Pabst Milwaukee as well as many other beers were offered, and beefsteak dinners cooked on a hickory wood fire could be had.
Also mentioned was that the finest liquors were on hand.
The hotel had a good location as the old LIRR station running from Jamaica to Far Rockaway was literally across the street and the Peter Strauss Hotel was the only competition on Mott Avenue, situated diagonally across, on the west side of the Mott Avenue railroad crossing.
In today’s view, Beach 21 Street is on the right, and on the left is the fourstory brick Leek building, which was a showroom for Goetz pianos on sale in Far Rockaway.
The postcard is dated 1906 and was mailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Manhattan Hotel gave way to modern brick buildings with storefronts due to the many fires in the Beach 21 Street and Central Avenue area around the hotel.
Big fires that caused great losses took place in 1916 and 1921.