2010-04-16 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Inside the original Riis Park Bath House in 1937
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The title to this postcard view of the Riis Park Bathing Pavilion in 1937 is confusing to say the least. The location is given as Belle Harbor- Neponsit, Long Island … not Rockaway Beach!

Posing for the shot in a corridor between the bath houses are the (in the blazer) section manager, and attendants. Very noticeable are the old-fashioned clothes wringers to squeeze bathing suits dry. At the end of the open corridor, signs denote comfort stations and the way to the beach (to the right).

A credit I will give to Robert Moses when he was the NYC Parks Department Commissioner in the old days was that all he built was kept neat and tidy, and all workers were uniformed according to their rank.

The bath house is currently administered by the Gateway National Park officials headquartered at Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula.

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