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THE HOTEL MAJESTIC, ARVERNE-BY-THE-SEA

 The Hotel Majestic was built in 1893 on Rockaway Beach Blvd. at the southeast corner of Beach 69th Street known then as Remington Ave. The large edifice served the area well, until it was torn down in 1928 and replaced by an office building with commercial space. In this postcard view Rockaway Beach Blvd. goes left to right (or east to west) and Beach 69th Street leads to the beach (or south) in the background. Many “OLD TIMERS” may remember the following establishments on this old intersection in Arverne. They were as follows: Arnell’s Apparel. The Arverne Community Center. Law Offices of...

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TIME IN A BOTTLE!

 The Lucev Bottle Collection of antique bottles harvested from the much & mire of Jamaica Bay Wetlands over the years.  Beer, Soda, Seltzer, Mineral Water, Milk, Liquors, Wine & Medicine of old, were well represented. Ceramic Mugs, Jugs & Ceramic Bottles. Plus old porcelain and ceramic stoppers with names still readable. Almost all of the bottles are embossed “Far Rockaway, L.I.” and “Rockaway Beach, L.I.”! The oldest bottle in my collection is dated……1876!

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ROCKAWAY’S TIME CAPSULE – 1986

 Today’s Ol’ Times views show the Doughboy Monument standing guard over the Rockaway Time Capsule with a fixed bayonet! The time capsule was buried behind and to the right of the monument at Beach 94th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the fall of 1986. It is to be dug up and opened in the fall of 2086. Many Rockawayites contributed material such as family records to fill the capsule. The capsule was contributed by The Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Parlor, and it has a sealed concrete casket protector. The day of the capsule being filled, a great ceremony and speeches took place with entertainment...

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BEACHCOMBING AT ITS BEST!

 A very young Thomas Michael Lucev, my Grandson, is shown learning the fine art of beachcombing! Together we walked the beach for blocks and blocks gathering many kinds of shells and crab claws which Tom called, “The Pinchie Pinchies.” Tom was born on May 21, 1996, and is celebrating his 20th Birthday this year.

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LOOKING FOR DAISY BELLE!

 Back in the spring of 1999, a young Emil Robert Lucev III, received instructions on how to operate a bicycle built for two. Mr. Arthur Fazio of Belle Harbor, his able teacher, are both shown on the boardwalk thereat! My Grandson, “Rob”, was born May 14th, 1990 and is celebrating his 26th Birthday this year.

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A SIDE ISSUE DUE TO A HOT SITUATION…

A long time ago in Rockaway Beach, far, far away, a house fire took place on Bayside Place (Bch. 84th Street) in the Hammel’s Section of the peninsula.  The heat from this house fire was so intense that nearby homes, some distance away, were threatened with spontaneous combustion! The NYC Fire Department saved the day by spraying water on the endangered buildings that were close by to keep them cooled down. But despite the efforts, the vinyl siding on one house melted down. But this home was saved from total destruction. A job well done by NEW YORK’s BRAVEST!!! 

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THREATS TO END BROAD CHANNEL

 Slowly…..and one at a time, various settlements on the Marsh Islands in Jamaica Bay faded away. As did many on the bay’s shorelines.  Broad Channel is the ONLY Jamaica Bay island community which still survives today, despite the efforts of New York City and the Port Authority to be rid of it. Today’s Ol’ Times shows the last effort of the Port Authority to expand JFK Airport with a HUGE bay landfill for more runways. Broad Channel would have been history if this plan was not SHOUTED DOWN in the late 1960’s (Arrow indicates Broad Chan­nel).

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BROAD CHANNEL BACK IN THE DAY – 1929

Today’s aerial oblique view is of the Broad Channel Community back in the late 1920’s. Old Hamilton Beach is shown at the top right with the old Long Island Railroad coming down through Goose Creek, The Raunt and then Broad Channel Station. To the left of Hamilton Beach is Howard Beach and the North Channel Bridge leading to Crossbay Road heading down to Broad Channel. The infamous “Dead Man’s Curve” can be seen at the north end of Broad Channel proper! At the south end of the channel are the Broad Channel Baths and bathing beach and then the original Crossbay Bridge to The Rockaways. The Crossbay...

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FERRY SERVICE IN JAMAICA BAY

Many years ago when Jamaica Bay was mostly populated during the spring, summer and fall seasons ferry service connected the bay islands to the mainland and the Rockaway peninsula. The ferries were both large and small. Among the large steamers was the Richard Peck, shown here on an old postcard going under the Queensboro Bridge in Queens. A sister ship, the Edith Peck also plied the bay ferry route.  Broad Channel had its own ferry called the Queen City which stopped running after Crossbay Bridge was opened in 1926. A boat by that name was photographed carrying passengers and freight on the...

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