2011-01-07 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Boardwalk At Rockaways’ Playland 1936
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

This is a classic view of the boardwalk passing Rockaways’ Playland in 1936, just three years before Shorefront Parkway was built. Beach 97 Street is on the right, and Beach 98 Street is on the left. The archway is the entrance to the 600 foot hurricane rollercoaster inside the amusement park. Martin’s corner refreshment stand is on the right, and another large food concession is on the left next to the carousel on this corner. Small concessions for food and souvenirs are in between.

By the season of 1939, all that you see was gone, except the boardwalk of course, and two hundred feet of Playland Amusement Park was eliminated for the egocentric ideas of one Robert Moses, Parks Commissioner of NYC.

The same scene shot today would be as bland as hospital food. The spice of life is out! Aey!

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