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.


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.


The ferry dock will be getting a lot of attention from now on.  Historian James Supple sent us some classic photos from yesteryear to compare to what the dock looks like now.  And look, you can park where the gas tank used to be!   Visit for more of Jim’s great stuff.


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!


After the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Beach Railroad opened its rail line over Jamaica Bay to the big Hotel at Rockaway Park in the early 1880’s, the owners began renting space on the 150 foot right of way to those who wished to build hotels and fishing stations alongside the bay trestle.

As a result, four fishing villages became fact in Jamaica Bay between the Rockaways and Howard Beach.

Going south to north from the Rockaway Peninsula were Beach Channel, Broad Channel, The Raunt and

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

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

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