A packed city beach on a hot summer day

Call it the other South Beach—not the one in Miami notorious for its topless bathers but the less posh South Beach on the eastern shore of Staten Island, featuring bathers sporting wool suits in this 1920-ish (?) postcard.

Back then, it was a jam-packed resort with hotels, an amusement park, beer gardens, bathing pavillions, and a general Coney Island-like vibe.

A century later, it’s a quieter place renamed Franklin D. Roosevelt Beach with a much thinner crowd and a view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (not seen here, as it won’t be completed until 1964).

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2 Responses to “A packed city beach on a hot summer day”

  1. Roz Katz Says:

    I tthink this is somewhat later than turn of the century since the women’s bathing “costumess” are quite a bit more brief than they would have been around 1900.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks, I’ve fixed the text. That’s what happens when you write something at 2 a.m…..

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