Neponsit Avenue had a compact shopping center between Beach 145th Street and Beach 148th Street that contained about a dozen shops such as a pharmacy, hardware store, real estate office, a butcher, a Kosher butcher, women's wear, children’s wear, barber and beauty parlor, cleaner’s, tailor, groceries, fruits and veggies, toys and gifts, luncheonette, candy shop and a delicatessen. The shops were torn down for housing between 1972-1974.
The Neponsit Club opened in 1912 at Neponsit’s bay side in the northwest corner of the section. The new club served as a social center for the high-class west end development. A Rod & Gun Club and a Boat Club were active. A small dock went out into the bay as well. Tennis courts were built the year after opening. The club closed down in 1925.
- Atlantic Beach, New York, looking east.
- Bridge to left of Atlantic Beach Hotel (top left), as is the Boulevard.
- Bath Houses shown along the bottom.
“Just look at those Jetties…..more PROOF!!!”
Once again, another wonderful summer season has sadly closed. Now the holidays are sneaking up fast. Today’s postcard should keep you warm and energized throughout the snow season to continue the “Battle for Jetties” in The Rockaways…and here’s the PROOF!!! It took me a while to find this postcard in my father’s HUGE collection.
The part of the Arverne Hotel Gardens closest to the Casino had different landscaping than its counterpart. The elevated walk on the front garden is at the right, as is a separating wall or refreshment rooms with an overhead porch arrangement. There are some benches under the awning at left center. It was truly beautiful.
These days, people might pick up something to read while waiting at the European Beauty Salon at 115-06 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In the 1930s, people would go there just to read. The building was the home of the Rockaway Park branch of the Queens Library. The library later moved to Beach 116th Street and today is located on the corner of Beach 117th and RBB and is called the Seaside branch. (Thanks to James Supple for the great shots. See OldRockawayPhotos.com for more).
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.