“A frolic at Rockaway Beach”

In 1903, when his photo was taken, Rockaway Beach was earning a rep as “New York’s Playground.” Rockaway Playland amusement park had just been built in 1901, and thousands of city residents regularly crowded the boardwalk and beach.

Froliconthebeach

Like so many other city neighborhoods, Rockaway Beach began its decline after World War II. It’s still hanging in there, just an A train ride away, luring day trippers and surfers in search of New York’s best waves.

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3 Responses to ““A frolic at Rockaway Beach””

  1. Thomas Jefferson Says:

    Chewing out the rhythm on my bubble gum
    The sun is out and I want some
    It’s not hard not far to reach
    We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Now that song is in my head!

  3. THOMAS GUARIANO Says:

    BRIGHTON BEACH BAY 1 1957 GREAT WAVES PRETTY CHICKS AND LOTS OF GOOD TIMES TOMMY GUARIANO

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