Historical Views of the Rockaways
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.