Tag Archives: Rockaway History

Yes, There Were Once Double Dunes…and Triple Dunes…

We can’t find any vintage photos to document what Rockaway Beach looked like when it was first settled in the 1860′s.  The closest we have to a visual image is a fisherman’s map, circa 1900, that marks natural features such … Continue reading

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Is the Mailbox About to Become Obsolete?

It used to be the largest employer in the United States.  Until Walmart began its explosive growth in the late 1990′s, the U.S. Postal Service, with a workforce of over a half-million (and, incidentally, the largest motor fleet in the … Continue reading

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Remember the Ouija Board?

Here’s undoubtedly THE biggest news since Superstorm Sandy hit on October 29, 2012: The first new FEMA flood maps in 25 years were issued yesterday. For a summary on the new maps and stunning photos, check out the Jan. 28, … Continue reading

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Celebrate Book Month by Rattling the Skeletons in Rockaway’s Closet!

The Rockaway Peninsula is a land of mystery.  Did you ever wonder why we have a yacht club without a dock, and a graffiti-covered concrete box perched on a deserted stretch of bay front beach? And why there is a … Continue reading

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“We Used to Vacation” and Other Lost Summer Rituals

I headed into the kitchen for my morning coffee, and flicked on the radio.  A song recorded by The Cold War Kids was on, called We Used to Vacation. A great lost summer ritual. In the past week, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Avoid the Lines, Buy Images of America: Rockaway Beach, Early!

So you’d like to be one of the first to own a signed copy of Images of America: Rockaway Beach, my new book published on June 4 by Arcadia.   The kickoff event was at Ciro’s Pastry Shop, 415 Beach 129 Street … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day, Jamaica Bay!

It’s more than just a body of water or a marsh ecosystem–Jamaica Bay is an integral part of the environment in the Rockaways.  No matter how you enter or leave the peninsula, or spend your days here, you see the … Continue reading

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Finding Fannie Holland

I’ve received the good news that Images of America: Rockaway Beach will be published on June 4, 2012.  I’m planning two upcoming slide show events in Belle Harbor to preview some photos from the book, one which will feature coffee and pastry on a Sunday … Continue reading

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Pioneers of Faith Celebrate 125 Years in Rockaway Beach

OK, so I’ve heard that it’s considered “not cool” to blog or tweet about religion.  This post isn’t really about religion, as in–convert to mine!  But it is a fascinating snippet about the founding of the oldest church in Rockaway Beach, and the surrounding community.  In April, 1858, … Continue reading

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