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HALLOWEEN IN NYC 1931

Halloween was introduced to America by Irish immigrants in the 1900s. This is also when decorations began. Halloween costumes started to appear in stores during the 1930s. This couple is dressed up as the Patriotic Uncle Sam. The greeting, “Trick or Treat,” started in the 1950s. On the back of this photo, it says, “Algonquin Hotel NYC 1931.” What’s most interesting: an ample size of NYC Irish immigrants lived in Rockaway Beach! Hmmm! Trick or treat?!

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SHEA BREAKS GROUND 1961

Construction began October 1961 and Shea Stadium opened April 1964. There were 55k seats and it cost $28.5M to build. Named after William Shea, a lawyer, brought back MLB to New York after the Dodgers and NY Giants left for California in 1957. The NY Mets started in 1962. The first concert at Shea was the Beatles, on August 15, 1965. Rockaway residents will remember using an LIRR connection to the 7 train (platform on the left) to get to a game   Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018).

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SEASIDE VIEW FROM THE OCEAN 1909

This colorful beauty of a postcard is showing a view of Seaside in Rockaway Beach. The lady is standing on one of the wooden poles that formed a jetty in the ocean. I remember doing this as a kid, jumping in the water with a big splash. The rock jetties were on a vertex angle and dangerous to jump off from. In the background left, is the roller coaster at Playland and on the right is Steeplechase Park. Katie Lucev is the daughter of the late Rockaway Beach Historian, Emil R. Lucev, Sr. (1933-2018)  

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