2010-01-01 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Old Neponsit Entrance on Rockaway Beach Boulevard
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Neponsit section of the Rockaway peninsula was opened in 1908 and building lots were placed on sale. Washington Avenue (today Rockaway Beach Boulevard) was the main drag and an elaborate monument was placed on the center mall at Beach 141 Street.

In this 1918 view, we are looking east at Beach 141 Street and you can readily see that the roads are not in perfect alignment.

As a result, there were a few accidents over the years until the roads were lined up properly, but a few drivers still plowed into the large concrete monument, which was then reduced in size along with more road improvements. A series of repaving jobs led to the creation of dangerous dips at many intersections which caused the lower vehicles of today to bottom out in the front and rear. This caused loss of vehicle control by those who traveled above the posted speed limit, but even a slow going bike rider was discombobulated at times by an unexpected dip!

Anyway, what was left of the old entrance monument, I believe, was done away with as it was considered an eyesore by residents.

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