From left to right: Hallet Lunchroom, Hallet Apartments & Room to rent, Shalotz Bakery, Sansara Hotel & Lawrence Hotel.

Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

Beach 116th Street was originally named 5th Avenue, and was always a major shopping hub. To name a few stores, on the left is the 5th Avenue Hotel, Horton’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Ocean House. On the right is the Sansara Hotel, the LIRR Station (tower) in the background and several horse carriages on the road. This postcard is facing north (the bay). The recipient’s address is ‘Putman Ave near Hamburg, Brooklyn, NY’ (Bay Ridge).


Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach

Serves: 4


  • 2 pounds wild-caught salmon (use wider pieces, it works best)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 lemons, depending on their size
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Toothpicks to hold it together
  • Crab Filling:
  • 8 ounces lump crab meat
  • ½ large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning


Preheat oven to 400

Seen here is an example of Anglo-European or Old English Style of Bathing. Women were discouraged against wearing bathing attire while traveling to and from the beaches. Bathhouses were numbered and lined up on the shoreline. Once quested, the horses backed the bathhouse on wheels into the surf for the bathers to change to and from. When the bathing was over, the horses were hitched to pull the house out and back on the shore or dry beach. Ostend Beach was in Far Rockaway, but this example is

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