2011-07-01 / Columnists

Historical Viewsof the Rockaways

The Hope Of Rapid Transit To The Rockaways In 1936
From The Rockaway Museum
Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

When the Brooklyn rapid transit ran subway trains to the Rockaway Park station in 1911, via the LIRR trestle over Jamaica Bay, the Rockaways as a whole began clamoring for rapid transit to the peninsula …by NYC. We finally got what we wanted in 1956, but that was a day late and a double fare, right?

Today in Views we present a map printed in 1936, which shows the Rockaway Branch of LIRR, proposed to be purchased by NYC for rapid transit to our peninsula. At Rego Park the Rockaway rapid transit was to connect to the IND subway under Queens Boulevard, via 66th Avenue.

The only thing done was to provide a Rockaway cut-off just to the east of Junction Boulevard (under Queens Boulevard) on the south side. On the north side provision was made for a cut-off up Junction Boulevard to North Beach, which became LaGuardia Airport! This was brought out during the campaign to get the Rockaway line open again, but everyone concerned was deaf, Rockaway deaf! Instead we got the pork barrel railroad from JFK airport to the LIRR Jamaica station.

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