2010-07-02 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The houses of Lego in Rockaway Beach, at Arverne East
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
Looking like a Lego Construction toy is the prefabricated concrete construction building site known as Ocean Village. The complex was built on the oceanfront in 1973, and was comically referred to as the house of cards. Stretching between Beach 54 Street and Beach 59 Street, with Rockaway Boulevard on the North and Shorefront Parkway along the boardwalk, the site was quickly filled with tenants. A New York City firehouse sits in front of the buildings, and was once the site of the Arverne Life Saving Station and later for the Untied States Coast Guard. This whole area had burned to the ground losing many hotels, homes and rooming houses, during the Great Arverne Fire of 1922. Beach 61 Street is at the lower left in the 1995 aerial photo.

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