Many dance emporiums in the Ol’ Rockaways had Orchestras or small bands to supply music for terpsichorean delights.

When the musicians went on a break, music was supplied by a Mechanical Band Organ.

Arrangements were played from a music roll of paper or a music book of wooden pages, similar to a player piano. The sounds were pleasing to the ear. Real instruments were within the beautiful enclosure.

The machines were imported from Germany and some were domestic. The organs were also used on carousels and still are today!!!

This gorgeous color/embossed greeting card features an ocean shell border under a gold oval ring with a small card affixed to the postal with metal grommets. It’s truly a work of art!


Please join me in taking a trip back in time to read about the History of Rockaway’s Irishtown, USA. At the end of the American Revolution, Bayles, Carpenter, Smith, Wiggins, Wilson, Bettes, Evert, Higbie, Henderson, Innis and Mills were all examples of Irish names found in local militia organized in Hempstead town, of which the Rockaways were part of and known as Near Rockaway (Oceanside) and Far Rockaway. The names Near and Far came from their proximity to Hempstead. At the outbreak of the

This week’s view has us looking towards the bay on Seaside Avenue (Beach 103rd Street). Shorefront Parkway is behind the camera, and on the left or west side of the block are Nick’s Restaurant, Healy’s Bar and Restaurant, and the Sligo Hotel.

On the right or east side of the block are O’Connell’s Hotel, McCabe and McCabe’s Lei Trim Hotel (the old Curtis Hotel) and the Dublin House (old New York Hotel) on the corner of the boulevard.

Across the boulevard are Flynn’s Bar and Grill, The New

Here is a close-up side view of the Dublin House, on the SW corner of Seaside Avenue (Beach 103rd Street) and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Old Irishtown Rockaway, USA.

The year is 1949 and the sign notes there is TV inside the Dublin House. Other signs read Hire’s Root Beer and other types of liquid refreshments and snacks at the time. The sign on the utility pole on the right states that robes must be worn to and from the beach!

Notice the Boulevard is paved but the old brick pavement is

Check out the VW bug and the old-time bus on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 86th Street. The Columbia Savings Bank is long gone, replaced by a supermarket/deli. Oh, you could get better than six percent on your money, according to the ad in the bank’s window.  Historian James Supple gave us these great photos.  He’s got lots more to share at his wonderful website:




His Name: Eddie Williamson, Elvis Impersonator.

His Band: Second Effort, featuring Teen Angel.

Date: 1980-something.

Place: O’Gara’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill, 187 Beach 98th Street.

A weekly show that lasted a few short years. A beloved attraction by so many Rockaway Beach residents.  Every Friday and Saturday night O’Gara’s was a ‘packed house!’

Time for a guessing game…“WHO ARE THE FOLKS IN THE BACKGROUND?”


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