Today’s postcard is of Rockaway Playland’s 165-foot pool during the 1930s. During the same time, this pool was also used for some Olympic Tryouts.

 

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

Many hotels were built near the beach in Hammels but only a few photos of them have survived. On the right is the old Oceanview Hotel (1884-1931), which was the first, and it was on Beach 84th Street. On Beach 85th Street you can see (left) The East End Cottage, the Normandie and the Sachsonia Hotels.

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

St. CamillusCamillus Band, 1955. Monsignor William Burke (far left). Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Beach 91st Street.

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

 

Back in the old days, it was called “Hammels Boulevard.” It was steadily improved and paved with Belgian blocks that laid flush with the grooved girder trolley tracks put in around 1916.

Beach 88th Street is on the right, and the borderline of Hammels on the west. The oval hanging sign (almost in center) is where Rivoli Movie House was located. Today’s postcard is an insert from the publication, “The Rockaways, A Postcard History Series,” by E. Lucev & Arcadia Publishing.

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The trolley car on the left has just come down Beach 84th Street from Hammels Station, on its trip from Far Rockaway, and is now heading west to Neponsit.

On the right, the trolley car will turn left on Beach 84th Street to Hammels Station. Then it will turn east on tracks to go back to Far Rockaway.  The Rockaway Trolleys ran up to the late 1920s when buses took over.

 

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

 

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