Sunday, April 2, 2006

Rockaway Beach then and now

Today we drove down to Rockaway Beach.  We parked at B 96th street and walked to the end of the boardwalk at B126th Street.  We usually take a ride out there a couple of times a year either before Memorial Day or after Labor Day before the beach crowds.  There seemed to be a lot of new buildings in the area.  There is a new housing development around B 98th Street where Rockaway Playland used to be.  Back in my high school days Roy and I would take the Q53 bus to B116th Street near where his grandmonther lived.  Back in the early 1960s my Aunt Rebecca and Uncle George had a summer bungalow at B 27th street where my parents took us.  We used to love playing in the arcades over there.  They have been gone for years.

3 comments:

pagebyrner said...

Bruce, one of my guilty pleasures is The Ramones.  They have a great song entitled Rockaway Beach.  All that time I spent in Jersey and I never made the pilgramage.  Shame on me!

bruces8852 said...

Mike - one of the Ramones was a classmate of mine at Forest Hills High School class of 1967.  In November 2001 a flight to the Domincan Republic crashed in Rockaway.  They will build a memorial at B 116th Street and the Boardwalk.

pagebyrner said...

Bruce, you went to school with a Ramone and you kept this from me all these years?  Which one?  

 
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