2012-01-20 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Arverne Boardwalk in 1917 and 1937
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

Today historical views presents two views of the old and new Arverne boardwalk. Separated by two decades. The first view is of the boardwalk’s Open Air Strand Theatre, which later became known as the Arverne Boardwalk Theatre at Beach 67 Street. The old Arverne walk was all wood and rather narrow, and frequently damaged by storm waves.

The second view was taken in 1937 at practically the same spot and the new boardwalk appears as a great improvement. The boardwalk theatre has a new front to conform with the newly built walk, and many boardwalk stands were built towards the Edgemere section to the east.

One could get an ice cream cone, a mello-roll ice cream, a hot dog, French fries, a hamburger, any type of sandwich, Crackerjack, popcorn, knishes, etc.

There was also a penny arcade, a pool room, restaurants, souvenir shops, bathhouses and rooms for rent by day, week, or season.

Perhaps when the new Arverne-By-The Sea is complete, there will be some form of commercialism on the boards in summer, besides police giving out their summonses!

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