Emil R. Lucev Sr. was born and raised in the Rockaways. Now retired, he is the historical editor and columnist for the Wave newspaper in Rockaway Beach, and he contributes as the part-time curator for the Rockaway Museum. He has been writing columns for the paper since 1980, and he wrote the paper's centennial edition in 1993.
The Rockawaysby Emil R. Lucev Sr.
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The Rockaway Peninsula, also known as the Rockaways, is located off Long Island, within the borough of Queens. Its remoteness from Manhattan has made it a popular retreat and has provided an out-of-the-way area for families looking to relocate and live by the sea. The Rockaway's became a popular area for seaside hotels beginning in the 1830s, and its popularity grew with the coming of the Long Island Rail Road in the 1880s. In 1893, Hog Island, a resort known for entertaining Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, sank into the sea. Located a few miles east of Breezy Point, and also known as Rockaway Island, the entire island disappeared during a storm. The Rockaways was also the home of Rockaway's Playland, a world renowned amusement park from 1901 to 1985. Through vintage postcards, The Rockaways captures the history and charm of this seaside community.
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