The Arverne Hotel Casino offered bowling, billiards, 100 (6x5) bathrooms, verandas on three sides of the building, tennis courts, massages, dining and drinking and, of course, gambling. The most practiced behavior pattern for the one-day traveler was to swim on the beach, bathe, relax, eat, drink, play and gamble. The ol' time locals know, back in the 1980s, this idea would have launched a promising revival for the Rockaways. 

Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian

In 1886, the Bayswater Yacht Club opened. It was located on Jamaica Bay in Bayswater, Far Rockaway. This postcard is dated circa 1909. The Yacht Club had a seasonal cafeteria with a short counter and chairs (no tables), a gift shop and a small community room. The annual dues were $25. The club’s demise is unclear. 

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

Louis Heinsheimer, a Wall Street banker, built this home around 1907-08 in Bayswater. In 1925, the home and property were donated to the Hospital of Joint Diseases and Maimonides Institute for Children. In 1987, the mansion was demolished from extensive fire damage. Many beautiful mansions were built throughout the Bayswater area, some still exist today.

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

Located on Beach 116th Street and the bay, this ad for the Harbor Rest was in the old Rockaway Review Magazine from 1937. The Harbor Rest was torn down in the 1960s. 

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

My father left me some beautiful postcards, like this one of Solomon’s Castle, also known as Castle-Las. Built by Louis A. Solomon, a wealthy New York merchant/businessman, who spent summers in Far Rockaway, the “castle” was located on what is now Bayswater Park. The postcard shows the “castle” around 1910. Reports say it went on fire in 1921 and it was reported as demolished around 1925.

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

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