2012-08-10 / Milestones

Historical Views of the Rockaways

Three Views of Rockaway Beach … Early and Late 1930s
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

View Number One: Was taken from the top of Curley’s Hotel during the 1939 season, and shows the Beach 116h Street bandstand and comfort station under the boards. Wooden jetties are protecting the beach from erosion in those days.

View Number Two: Has the camera looking east from Seaside towards Beach 72 Street. The year again is 1939, and Shorefront Parkway has been built, with recreation areas between it and the boards.

View Number Three: Is the view from Seaside to Arverne before Shorefront Parkway was built (1937-38-39). The new boardwalk to Far Rockaway had been finished in 1931 with some beach erosion protection. When title to the beachfront was vested in New York City in 1937, more earnest protection was installed, and worked until the greenhouse effect took over!

Robert Moses, parks commissioner at the time, always made sure that there was always funding for the repair and upkeep of whatever he had built, and I always gave him a world of credit for that policy, and his safeguards against vandalism. When his power ran out (if you will) so did that policy!, which he personally supervised, as my way or the highway!

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