2010-08-20 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Homes of New York’s Finest and New York’s Bravest… 1995
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

The 100 Police Precinct and the Holland Firehouse are central to this mid-1990s aerial photo, taken from Wave Chopper One, piloted by your historian… and boy do my arms get tired!

On the left is Beach 94 Street and the approaches to the Crossbay Bridge, and the ugly “A” Train/Shuttle elevated line heading east.

The First Congregational Church is on the north side of the elevated subway structure, as is the American Legion Hall on the right.

Rockaway Beach Boulevard crosses in the foreground, and the rear of the Peninsula Library is at lower right.

At the top right are Pier 92 Restaurant and McDonald’s fast food place. Old Public School 44 once occupied the land at lower right.

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