2011-06-17 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

A blast from the past out of the Holland section of Rockaway Beach
From The Rockaway Museum by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Many old-timers in the Rockaway Beach section of our peninsula will remember Greenrose’s place on Beach 90 Street, just south of the Long Island Railroad or the Freeway there. Most memorable are the block parties that were sponsored each year by the Democratic Club of the Rockaway’s with fun and entertainment for both kids and adults, consisting of games and races and all sorts of contests. A picnic area was set up on the grounds between the old courthouse and Greenrose’s, and no vehicle traffic was allowed while the block party was on. When the day was over, all gathered in the lot next to Greenrose’s place, where a roll film camera would shoot a picture, about a yard long, of the entire group attending. One could, after the camera passed your space, duck and run to the other end, and stand, to appear in the picture … twice! Cool!

And that night, while the adults were having their beer and spaghetti at Greenrose’s, while dancing and drinking at the bar, us kids were home with the bellyache of the year – besides being dead tired!

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