COLONIAL HOTEL – 1904

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The multi-level Colonial Hotel on Beach 64th Street in Arverne was built by Edward Waldman in 1904. The huge building with columned entrances contained 150 luxurious rooms that catered to the “Theatrical Prominent(s)” staying in the summer. Sol Cohen’s Black Kat Jazz Band appeared at the Colonial in the 1920’s. Herman Greer was the manager. A six alarm fire destroyed the Colonial in 1929.

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