After finishing my walk today, I headed over to where Beach 86th Street terminates at Jamaica Bay. I climbed out on the nearby jetty to get a good look at this row of old bungalows built on a pier over the water at the northern end of Beach 84th Street. Because of how the houses are lined up, they're mostly obscured from view on Beach 84th Street; in fact, I didn't even realize they were there when I walked the street. I only discovered them afterward while looking at aerial photos of the area. As we learned back then:
These unusual houses, apparently more than a century old, were in the news back in 2008 when the state passed a law allowing the city to sell the pier to the homeowners who lived atop it. A few years later, the artist Duke Riley featured the bungalows in one of the stained-glass pieces he designed for the nearby Beach 98th Street subway station.
There are about 16 houses standing on the pier now, but there were once more. I count seven additional houses in aerial images from both 1924
. (Here's a 2012
view for comparison.) In the 1924 aerial, and even, to a much lesser extent, in this 1996
one, you can also see a number of houses built out on other nearby piers jutting into the bay.
An A train rumbles by in the background.
These two 19-story towers are the tallest of the eleven buildings in the Arverne View apartment complex. Originally called Ocean Village when it was erected in the 1970s, this affordable housing development was one of the very few construction projects completed on the vast and vacant urban renewal lands of Arverne and Edgemere prior to 2001. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the new owners of Ocean Village began a full renovation of the troubled, run-down complex — hence the much cheerier facades — and renamed the place Arverne View.
There's only been one hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula since this one closed in 2012.
UPDATE (Sept. 22, 2016): This hospital is now being demolished. The owners of the property intend to replace it with "multi-family housing and commercial buildings".
Remember Sherman, of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons? This is what he looks like now.
As far as I can tell, this 2.5-acre expanse of asphalt was originally a parking lot situated among the bungalows of southern Edgemere. The neighborhood was leveled around 1969, and the blacktop was rededicated to recreational uses sometime between 1980 and 1994 (better image from 1996), hence the old basketball hoops. These days, the majority of the lot appears to be devoted to the storage of massive piles of sand and demolition debris.
Looks like the illustrious International Foundry Society of New York has a new member — its first from outside Asia! I've previously seen manhole covers from India and China and fire hydrant bollards from Thailand.
The people have left southern Edgemere, but the rain keeps coming.
(What are all those paint dots?)
The five-mile-long Rockaway Boardwalk sustained major damage during Hurricane Sandy. This section at the southern edge of Arverne East, between Beach 35th and Beach 39th Streets, is still awaiting replacement. In the meantime, a 12-foot-wide mini-boardwalk has been installed to connect the full-width (40-foot-wide) sections at either end.
While the old streets of southern Edgemere are still mostly in existence, there were several pathways, running between rows of bungalows, that have now vanished, their former locations marked only by street signs.
More remnants of southern Edgemere, today's Arverne East