2010-03-12 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Riis Park Bath House, Rockaway Beach, New York
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
This view of the Riis Park Bath House, located at the west end of the Rockaway Beach peninsula was taken in 1938, and published on a picture postcard in 1939.

The card is in color, and in the group of cards known as linens because of the heavy linen paper stock on which it was printed.

The masonry is in sandstone, enhanced by colorful beach umbrellas and bathing attire. The bath house was built and opening in the 1920s, and refurbished in the late 1930s by NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses.

One could get a view from the observation tower and sit down for a good meal in the second floor dining room. There was also outdoor seating on a balcony overlooking the beach for meals and refreshment.

Riis Park was given to the government as part of a land package for the creation of Gateway National Recreation Area in 1965.

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