2011-11-25 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Bayswater, Far Rockaway, 1917
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

This extremely rare view of Bayswater, on the shore of Norton Basin in Far Rockaway, shows the Heintzheimer House and shore facilities at what is now the intersection of Dunbar Street and Norton Drive.

An old atlas had Dunbar Street as Bay Street in the old days of Bayswater.

The present Point Breeze Place would be behind the house at right center. The bulkhead and filled land was 220 feet out onto the basin, as shown in an old atlas.

At the extreme left, near the center of the view on an old postcard, is the old Heintzheimer residence and property (now Bayswater State Park). Only a small portion of that once-gracious mansion still survives.

It was said that there was never a “keep off” or “no trespassing” sign on the property, only notices that said: “Gentle stranger, turn back!”

The fence, however, was rather high and the gate always locked. It still is locked up!

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