2011-04-22 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Park Inn Hotel - Rockaway Park, N.Y. - 1919
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

The Park Inn Hotel and the bath house opened in 1901, on the boardwalk at the beach end of Beach 116 Street, on the southeast corner. The baths were located on the east side of Beach 115 street, on the 18-inch high oceanfront promenade in Rockaway Park, known as Tritton Avenue.

The wood frame structures and support buildings took up most of the land between the boulevard and the boardwalk on both of the two streets, until they were replaced by modern brick structures in the days after World War I, as was the low boardwalk of wood by a slightly higher one of concrete, wood, and steel.

Today’s view is dated as being taken in 1919, before the changes were made.

Late in the last century the Park Inn Hotel and baths buildings were converted to an adult home and nursing facility, respectfully.

Notice the vehicle parked at he lower left. There is no parking ticket visible on this ‘Flivver”- as this type of vehicle was known!

Down the walk towards Seaside section are St. Malachy’s home, the Hebrew orphan Asylum and the St. George home for children at Beach 109 Street, where the Rockaway Park Boardwalk ended.

The opposite end of the boardwalk was at Beach 126 Street. In 1920, Fifth Avenue in Rockaway Park officially became Beach 116 Street.

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