Down In Old Rockaway
Though closed nearly 30 years ago, memories of Rockaway’s Playland still linger on.
“I found this in my parent’s old collection,” said William Louw of this photo taken from the boardwalk. He dates it to around 1941.
Located at Beach 98 Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the boardwalk, the most well know of Rockaway’s many amusement parks opened in 1902 and closed in 1985.
Rich Ayrey recalled, “I spent my summers in a bungalow in Rockaway Park from the early 1950s until 1965. My family finally moved there in 1966.”
“As a teenager I worked at Playland during the summers and loved the merry-go-round and the roller coaster. I can remember stretching out to grab the brass ring.”
Pictured among them are what appear to be several musicians in striped-blazers, along with a saxophone, violin and a drum.
It was a bit before his time, Ayrey admitted, but he was curious if anyone could date the photo.
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