2010-07-30 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

An Aerial View of the Peninsula from High Above Far Rockaway
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
The Roy Reuther Houses at the bottom right, at Beach 6 Street to Beach 9 Street begins our aerial view (from wave chopper one) of our peninsula west of Far Rockaway. At bottom right, Seagirt Avenue is seen heading towards the Seagirt Boulevard to Edgemere.

Atlantic Beach is on the left (docks) and down the line are the many hirise apartment houses. The Harbour, Ocean Park, Ocean Towers, Wavecrest Gardens, Seaview Towers, Ocean Village, 41st Street Houses, Arverne Houses, and The Daytons.

The subway trestle, the Crossbay Veterans Memorial Bridge, and the Marine Park Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge can be seen anchoring the peninsula to the mainland, so it doesn’t break off and drift away. The two towers at the right background belong to the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn.

Notice how the peninsula tapers down as you go westward.

Now, imagine a category four or five Atlantic hurricane striking when we are already at high tide one day in the future! What would be left of the area shown in the photo?

Only a hi-rise sticking out of the water? We are long overdue for a big hurricane, and I wonder how long our luck will last!

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