2011-11-18 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Arverne (Prince) Hotel, Arverne Section, 1888 to 1935
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

This week Historical Views publishes two very rare photographs from the old Arverne (later Prince) Hotel, which stood for many years on Remington Avenue (Beach 69 Street) near the beach.

During its heyday, the Arverne Hotel complex extended from a few cottages near Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the Arverne boardwalk on the beach. The Arverne was tremendous in size and seven stories high at its end and central towers. Next to the beach, came the hotel gardens, the Arverne casino, and then the Arverne baths, with a long elevated walk away to the Boardwalk, which sat high above the beach.

As the older clientele faded away, the new generation sought other ways to entertain themselves, mainly through speed and thrills, and the old hotels suffered losses and closed. Many succumbed to fire while others were torn down for tax reasons and to stop the firebugs’ match! When these big hotels burned, the resulting fire was alarming to the community. Sparks flew for hundreds of yards downwind.

The dining room of the Arverne Hotel is pictured today, as are the Italian Gardens situated between the hotel and casino. The only word I can use is beautiful…for both views.

If You have Any Old Photos or Historical Information About The Rockaways
Please Send It To: HISTORICAL ROCKAWAY
C/O THE WAVE P.O. BOX 930097 ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. 11693

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