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 still visible. Seaside Avenue was the only street to keep a name when numbers were given out due to the street’s historical significance.

At the top left in the photo is the Schilling Road House at Beach 102nd Street where the Irish Circle Pub &

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

Today’s Historical View is of a rare matchbook cover from Riis Park. The item was printed and manufactured by The Lion Match Company of New York, U.S.Pat. No.1.733.258, patented in Canada in 1929, and MADE IN THE U.S.A.!

The outside portion of the cover states Jacob Riis Park with Bathing, Dining and Dancing… Rockaway, Neponsit and Long Island.

The inside portion listed products SOLD at the Riis Bath’s:

  • Hortons Ice Cream.
  • Bordens Products.
  • Drakes Cakes.
  • Schneiders Beverages.
  • Ehleres

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?”


There have been MANY ships that ran aground on the shores of Rockaway Beach since the early 1940’s. Some reasons were weather related and others were non-urgent incidents.

This week’s photo shows the Passaic Sun on the beach shores of Rockaway Beach, NY, between Beach 124th and 125th Streets. The year is 1966/67. The spectators appear to be in their church attire.

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