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 Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018).

This colorful beauty of a postcard is showing a view of Seaside in Rockaway Beach. The lady is standing on one of the wooden poles that formed a jetty in the ocean. I remember doing this as a kid, jumping in the water with a big splash. The rock jetties were on a vertex angle and dangerous to jump off from. In the background left, is the roller coaster at Playland and on the right is Steeplechase Park.

Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev

The first stainless steel subway cars (IND Line) ran from Fulton Street to Far Rockaway in 1956. Graffiti began appearing on subway cars around 1970. ALL native New Yorkers know the rest of the story! 

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

A beautiful beachfront entrance to the now-gone building that was located on Beach 112th Street. The now-closed Stella Maris H.S. was located there, and is now the home of St. Martin de Porres H.S.

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

 

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