2011-04-15 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Mrs. Halperin’s Bungalows And Furnished Rooms, Rockaway Beach
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Another blast from the past appears today in historical views, and features bungalows and furnished rooms for rent in the Rockaway Beach section known as Holland. The same was available in Edgemere on Beach 56 Street. Bungalows by the thousands were built in the Rockaways during the days of Yore, and only a handful survive to this day on the peninsula.

The true definition of a summer bungalow is one that is only open and used from Memorial Day to Labor Day …. and slightly longer on either end, if the weather permits. Bungalow life in summer was special to those who came down summer after summer, and looked forward to meeting again when the summer season came in. Cash deposits were taken at summer’s end for the following year. Many bungalows have been winterized and occupied the year round.

Some of the two story type are still around, but aluminum or plastic siding has replaced wooden clapboard siding. Sheetrock and insulation have also been included in some that remain as ‘Home Sweet Home.’

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