On the front of this postcard, can you find the beginning and end of the written message? The receiver’s address and postage are the only thing written on the back, with plenty of clear space to write on?!?!

 

The New Belle Harbor Yacht Club published a multi-view advertising postcard in the 1920’s. The card shows ’interior views’ and ’outdoor scenes’ around the clubs domain. Interior views of the club are SUPER RARE! This picture postcard has preserved historical views beyond belief!

 

A typical cottage on Jessica Avenue (Beach 68th Street), contained thirty or so rooms. Most had columned fronts, wrap-around porches and a small fenced widow-walk observatory on the roof. I always thought that a cottage had three rooms, a small porch, a yard and a white picket fence?!?!?

 

The Holmehurst Hotel/Inn, was noted as being in Edgemere, BUT was actually on Beach 63rd Street in Arverne. First noted as the Cottage Hotel in 1908, it was next written as the Holmehurst when it burned to the ground in 1909. This hotel had the shortest lifespan in Arverne and was the first great hotel fire in the Rockaways. Guests were routed from sleep in the early morning hours to safety. This is the ONLY known photo of the Holmehurst Hotel.

 

Beach 67th Street is to the left, Beach 69th Street to the far right. A gentleman is standing on the station trolley platform. Offices and waiting room at Beach 68th Street. Kelp Road between Beach 67th and Beach 69th Street. The Majestic Hotel at far left/center on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 69th Street sector.

 

“Directly on the Atlantic Ocean, and lapped by the placid waters of Jamaica Bay, The Rockaways lie just 20 miles from New York City. With a three-mile boardwalk along the beach shorefront, this summer destination is famed 

for its surf bathing. The Rockaways also offer a famous million-dollar amusement park called ‘Rockaway’s Playland’. This 13-mile peninsula also has many facilities for fishing in still bay waters or the deep sea.” This memorial narrative is printed on the back of this post

The Belmont Inn was opened on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in 1927, on the southeast corner of Beach 125th Street. In 1967 it became The New Washington Hotel and the old one on Beach 124th Street became The Queen Esther. The Washington Hotel became the “LAST” of the Rockaway Hotel History and it was torn down for housing in 2006.

 

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