Today’s view is a portion of a Jamaica Bay map featuring Broad Channel drawn in what I think was about 1895 (+/-) a few years. Records say it was drawn in 1901 as a transportation map. My opinion is due to the fact that Beach Channel Station (lower right) on the bay LIRR trestle was opened in 1888, and the proposed Jamaica Bay Trolley landfill was started in 1898, then completed in 1901.The fill is not shown on this map. The Bay Trolley was never realized, and the fill became the base for the Jamaica Bay Road in later years. I have added a due or true north marker as well as numbered places such as follows:

  1. Barne’s Creek which went under the Broad Channel Station to the west and almost reached Shad Creek.
  2. Shad Creek Flats.
  3. The Raunt

Rosemary and Theodore Eicher opened their Boat, Bait & Tackle Yard at Beach 87th Street and Beach Channel Drive (BCD) in 1933. At this spot, BCD was a ‘sort of elbow’ with Rosie’s at the crux or bending point.

The next generation of the Eicher family (Cecilia & her daughter, Madelyn) carried on the business, which lasted for 80 years until Superstorm Sandy came along. Top Photo: Eicher Family in the front yard of the Bait & Tackle Shop in the 1930’s (Rosie is the woman on the

The Neponsit Club opened in 1912 at Neponsit’s bay side in the northwest corner of the section. The new club served as a social center for the high-class west end development. A Rod & Gun Club and a Boat Club were active. A small dock went out into the bay as well. Tennis courts were built the year after opening. The club closed down in 1925.

  • Atlantic Beach, New York, looking east.
  • Bridge to left of Atlantic Beach Hotel (top left), as is the Boulevard.
  • Bath Houses shown along the bottom.

“Just look at those Jetties…..more PROOF!!!” 


Neponsit Avenue had a compact shopping center between Beach 145th Street and Beach 148th Street that contained about a dozen shops such as a pharmacy, hardware store, real estate office, a butcher, a Kosher butcher, women's wear, children’s wear, barber and beauty parlor, cleaner’s, tailor, groceries, fruits and veggies, toys and gifts, luncheonette, candy shop and a delicatessen. The shops were torn down for housing between 1972-1974.

The part of the Arverne Hotel Gardens closest to the Casino had different landscaping than its counterpart. The elevated walk on the front garden is at the right, as  is a separating wall or refreshment rooms with an overhead porch arrangement. There are some benches under the awning at left center. It was truly beautiful.

These days, people might pick up something to read while waiting at the European Beauty Salon at 115-06 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In the 1930s, people would go there just to read.  The building was the home of the Rockaway Park branch of the Queens Library. The library later moved to Beach 116th Street and today is located on the corner of Beach 117th and RBB and is called the Seaside branch.  (Thanks to James Supple for the great shots.  See for more).


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