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Far Rockaway Bungalows

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Last of the beachfront bungalows in the Rockaways

Place Details

Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Far Rockaway
Residential, Historic Site & Museum

Place Matters Profile

Introduction by Richard George, President, Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association (BBPA)

The applicant to Place Matters was the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association (BBPA), which was established in September 1984 and became a non-profit in December 1988. The BBPA is dedicated to the preservation of one of the last remaining bungalow colonies on the Rockaway Penninsula, built in the Rockaway heydays of the 1920s.

The bungalows are nestled along the blocks of Beach 24th Street through Beach 26th Street in Far Rockaway, Queens, between Seagirt Avenue and the boardwalk. Approximately one hundred summer bungalows remain. They were originally constructed around 1920 as an affordable getaway for Jewish immigrants residing in New York City. The bungalows consisted of three bedrooms, a small kitchen, living room (which at the time was the dining room), and a bathroom. Porches were clad in stucco or wood shingles, on twenty by forty foot lots sold to individual...

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Richard George (

The last remaining remnant of bungalows built in the 1920s, an a-typical development with front and back bungalows and pedestrian walks provide unimpeded access to the waterfront. The bungalow are between Beach 24th-26th Streets in Far Rockaway, Queens and the property was once the Edward N. Dickerson estate until about 1910. The Dickerson estate was a subdivision of the John Joseph Mott estate that was most of Far Rockaway. The configuration of the development with front and back bungalows with large windows and public easements, and the open porches provide for benefit access and free flow of light and air from the Atlantic Ocean. The New York State National Register of Historic Places have determined the bungalow development to be an important vernacular architecture representing Rockaway 1920 heyday as a resort area. This area is fast becoming an artistic haven and a summer SOHO for creative people in New York City and other boroughs. [Received before 2004, adapted 2008]

Caroline C. Paison

The beachside bungalows in the Wavecrest section of Far Rockaway were the main case study in my preservation thesis. This thesis demonstrates that the beachside bungalow, defined as a purpose-built seasonal one- to one-and-a-half-story summer vacation home situated on the beach or by the ocean, is a significant architectural, historical and cultural resource.As a popular building type around the turn of the twentieth century in the Mid-Atlantic States, the beachside bungalow has become an endangered resource that warrants preservation to ensure that future generations can learn and understand a period of New York Citys history. Built in the 1920s as speculative development, this intact group of bungalows provides a sense of place and is a testament to Rockaways heyday as a popular seaside resort where working- and middle-class people spent their summer months away from the hot, crowded and congested city during the early twentieth century. (October 2007)

Silvia Sanza

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