2011-09-23 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Reid Avenue, Rockaway Point, 1930
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Reid Avenue at Rockaway Point was one road, if not the first, from ocean to bay at the point of the Rockaway Peninsula. It is named after Mr. Howard Reid, one of the pioneers of Rockaway Point.

He and others built hotels and bathing facilities for visitors to the beach at the beginning of the 20th century.

In those days access to the Point was mainly by boat or ferry from Brooklyn, and a long sandy trek from Rockaway Park. John and Minnie Roxbury were the most easterly neighbors in the fledgling Roxbury part of the Point area.

Frieberg and a captain seaman were near neighbors on the immediate east side of Reid’s Pavilion.

In today’s View we are looking down Reid Avenue from the bay.

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