This is just one view of the many retail stores that existed a hundred years ago in Far Rockaway. Honorable mentions, on the left (ground level) is F. W. Woolworth 5 & 10 Cent Store. The second level is Remsen B. Decker, Men, Women, Child Apparel Clothing. Left towards the center is F. Susset Shoes, then Liberty Candy Soda Shop, United Cigars. Center/Right is the Mott Avenue Train Station (LIRR). Further right behind the lamp post is the old Far Rockaway Bank building. Many Rockaway businesses survived the depressions, recessions, wars and pandemics. As a young kid (1960s - 1970s) my favorite stores in Far Rock to shop were Bert’s, Thriftway Drugs, Walbaum’s, and Buster Brown Shoes. Lunch was always at Gino’s Pizzeria!

By Katie

While we ALL wait patiently for the Major League Baseball season to begin…

Few things are more “New York” than the NY Yankees. Their logo has been ubiquitous throughout the city for as long as most people can remember. But where exactly did the design come from? While there is an official story regarding the origin, the truth is actually more controversial. Claims have been made, and continue to be disputed to this day. According to the franchise itself, the logo origin is as follows:


This view captures buildings at the end of the peninsula from Beach 9th Street, looking towards Long Beach. The Atlantic Beach bridge, over Reynold’s Channel, is seen as well. The photo is circa 1980.

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


 In last week’s Rockaway Times, we featured John Roberts and Dee McClean and their fifty-plus years of friendship. We were sent this photo and thought it deserved to stand alone. This awesome squad went 19-1 under coaches Jack O’Neill and Bill Ryan. The names we can make out include: Artie Blum, Fran Blum, Dan (Dee) McClean, William Davie, Joe Gilbert, Ed Keating, Bill Madtes, Bill Brennan, Larry Connors, Charles Rayder, Ken Ford, John Roberts, and Rick O’Neill.

We’re not sure if traffic will be anything like this in the summer of 2020 but in 1953, cars full of people flocked to the beach.

Katie Terino is the daughter of Emil Lucev, Rockaway’s original historian.

The O’Connell Brothers’ milk wagon was painted by Nicolino Calyo for a series of New York street scenes, circa 1830s. Irish-born men and women made up 40% of the city’s peddlers as late as 1855, mainly selling farm produce such as milk, vegetables, and fruit. New York’s corner grocery stores were Irish until German immigration at midcentury brought competition. (Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York).

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

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