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The Rockaway Times
Sands Point Physical Therapy
230 B 102 Street
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
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New York Knicks
1970 NBA Championship Team
St. Johns Hall of Fame
NYC Basketball Hall of Fame
to the ground. Before the ash-
es cooled, proprietors began to
rebuild new and larger estab-
lishments. New land developers
purchased land and built new
hotels and amusements. The
rest of the peninsula also experi-
enced a building-boom.
At the turn of the century, Sea-
side (old Irishtown), uncovered
the surnames: Healys, Barnes,
McIntosh, Murray, Waters, Mor-
rison, Shilling, McKeon, Finan,
McVey, Kavanagh, Flynn, Mc-
Caffrey, Harper, Garrison, Can-
dee, Allen, Gilmore and Darde.
In 1909, the Irish Catholic
population of Seaside was grow-
ing. The strong desire to build
their own house of worship was
eminent. Today it is known as
St. Camillus Roman Catholic
Church. This parish was once
known as the wealthiest on the
peninsula. St. Camillus was orig-
inally a mission of St. Rose of
Lima, as were the other churches
in the Rockaways.
In 1910, Tent City in Seaside
slowly gave way to the construc-
tion of wooden bungalows by
Mr. John Egan. Some of these
structures still stand today amid
Dayton Towers West and around
Beach 101st Street. The old
Fitzgerald’s buildingwas once the
onlypavilioninTentCity. Itserved
as a restaurant, bar, bowling alley,
dance hall, meeting place, etc. for
renters at Tent City. Egan was fol-
lowed by many other land devel-
opers in the bungalow-building
business from about Beach 40th
Street to 109th Street.
In 1918, many Irish youngmen
fromRockaway were drafted into
the military to fight World War I.
Colonel J. J. Byrne of Far Rocka-
way, commandedour 24thCom-
pany Field Artillery.
time brought on the ‘Roaring
20’s’. Cross Bay Boulevard was
built and visitors now had a
short trip to enjoy the many
‘spots’ that were illegal during
Prohibition, when the Volstead
Act of 1919 was repealed (1933).
You can read the LONG list of
bars in The Rockaway Times'
celebrated issue that was ded-
icated to all 680+ bars/pubs
that existed in Rockaway since
the 1850’s. Here’s a link: scribd.
Here’s some interesting Irish
News and Facts:
1920 –TheFriends of IrishFree-
dom formed in Far Rockaway.
1921 – The American Associ-
ation for the Recognition of the
Irish Republic, famed in Rock-
away Beach, met in Pachinger’s
Hall on Beach 85th Street.
befriended a young gentleman
in need, and in return became
one of the principle stockhold-
ers of the Singer SewingMachine
Company in America.
Patrick Connors was the head
of the U.S. Longshoremen’s Un-
ion. He lived in Seaside. Thomas
Flynn lived in the same area and
was president of Local 12, Indus-
trial Union Marine and Ship-
buildingWorkers of America.
The Harbor Light Restaurant,
was first Mrs. Dolan’s Inn, then
Pete’s Place, and after that was
The Newport Inn.
J.A. Bradley, a veteran of the
Civil War Battle of Gettysburg,
lived in Seaside.
After WWII, Seaside was nick-
named “Rockaway Irishtown
USA.” Irishtown was flourishing
on a rebirth. The war was over,
loved ones were returning home,
and everyone was out to have a
good time. More bars, restau-
rants, hotels and concessions
along the beach were built.
It was said that the construc-
tion of Dayton Towers West was
what finally destroyed the great-
er part of Irishtown. The main
reason for the downfall of Sea-
side (Rockaway Irishtown USA)
was that many concessionaires
in the area refused to contribute
part of their huge profits towards
the area's promotion of Seaside
through radio, newspapers, fire-
work displays and special events.
This became a trickle-downeffect
for others to drop out of the areas
Thencame theGlorious 1950’s.
Playland was the main attrac-
tion for the amusement-minded
crowd. Irishtown’s ‘thrills’ began
to dwindle down to a scant few
near the Irish Circle on Beach
102nd Street.
It’s fair to say that many Irish
settlers took a huge part in
building much of the Rocka-
ways. We give thanks and much
gratitude for the investments
and sacrifices they made. “Go
raibh maith agat.”
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