The RKO Strand Movie Theater was opened in 1919. It was located on Beach 20th Street and Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. The theater had about 2,000 seats with lots of leg room. It finally closed in the 1970s.

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

The 80-acre airport was opened in May 1940 by Harry Gordon and was located between Beach 47th and Beach 58th Street. Mr. Gordon owned seven small commercial aircrafts. The location was also a licensed flight school. The United States Army ordered all civilian coastline airfields be closed for the duration of WWII. As a result, the military took over the airfield in 1942. In 1946, the airfield reopened as a civilian airport and finally closed in 1959.

Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late

Richard Cornell, a relative of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University, built the first homestead on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Far Rockaway in 1690. The house was located below the present area of Beach 20th Street and Plainview Avenue in the old Wavecrest section of Far Rockaway. The sketch is from the 1918 "Bellot's History of the Rockaways" by Alfred Bellot.

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

 

Halloween was introduced to America by Irish immigrants in the 1900s. This is also when decorations began. Halloween costumes started to appear in stores during the 1930s. This couple is dressed up as the Patriotic Uncle Sam. The greeting, “Trick or Treat," started in the 1950s. On the back of this photo, it says, “Algonquin Hotel NYC 1931.” What’s most interesting: an ample size of NYC Irish immigrants lived in Rockaway Beach! Hmmm! Trick or treat?!

The Rivoli Theater opened in the early 1920s. It was located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90th Street. The Rivoli was demolished in the early 1960s. The United States Post Office is now located on this site.

 

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

There were tracks along the cat walks in New York tunnels and for many they remained a mystery. Turns out the Port Authority police were able to patrol without getting stuck behind cars!

 

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

Construction began October 1961 and Shea Stadium opened April 1964. There were 55k seats and it cost $28.5M to build. Named after William Shea, a lawyer, brought back MLB to New York after the Dodgers and NY Giants left for California in 1957. The NY Mets started in 1962. The first concert at Shea was the Beatles, on August 15, 1965. Rockaway residents will remember using an LIRR connection to the 7 train (platform on the left) to get to a game

 

Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late

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