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GOT A GIFT CARD?

Want a great glimpse at some old Rockaway photos? My late father’s book depicts Rockaway’s history through a series of postcards. This makes a great gift for any Rockaway history buff! “The Rockaways,” part of the Postcard History Series, is available on Amazon.   Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

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FAR ROCK STATION 1920s

The Rockaway Beach trolley used the track in the station and then ran out across Mott Avenue to its own track towards Hammels Station, with stops at Edgemere and Arverne, and was then switched to the boulevard for points west. The Far Rockaway trolley ran down Central Avenue to Brookhaven, where a turn led the trolley to Beach 19th Street for the run to the beach. On the way back, the trolley turned on New Haven and ran to Central again for the trip back to the station.  On the left are the layup tracks and the freight yard at Far Rockaway Station. The station building is at the right with a...

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RKO STRAND – 1941

The RKO Strand Movie Theater was opened in 1919. It was located on Beach 20th Street and Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. The theater had about 2,000 seats with lots of leg room. It finally closed in the 1970s. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

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ROCKAWAY AIRPORT 1940-59

The 80-acre airport was opened in May 1940 by Harry Gordon and was located between Beach 47th and Beach 58th Street. Mr. Gordon owned seven small commercial aircrafts. The location was also a licensed flight school. The United States Army ordered all civilian coastline airfields be closed for the duration of WWII. As a result, the military took over the airfield in 1942. In 1946, the airfield reopened as a civilian airport and finally closed in 1959. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)  

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RIVOLI THEATER EARLY 1920s

The Rivoli Theater opened in the early 1920s. It was located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 90th Street. The Rivoli was demolished in the early 1960s. The United States Post Office is now located on this site.    Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

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CORNELL HOMESTEAD 1690

Richard Cornell, a relative of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University, built the first homestead on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Far Rockaway in 1690. The house was located below the present area of Beach 20th Street and Plainview Avenue in the old Wavecrest section of Far Rockaway. The sketch is from the 1918 “Bellot’s History of the Rockaways” by Alfred Bellot. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)  

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Track Work

There were tracks along the cat walks in New York tunnels and for many they remained a mystery. Turns out the Port Authority police were able to patrol without getting stuck behind cars!   Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)

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