Monday, November 12, 2007

The bungalows of Rockaway

Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris estimate that 7,000 bungalows covered the Rockaway peninsula during its heyday as a summer resort for working-class families.

They believe fewer than 400 remain.

Bungalows of Rockaway

For their documentary about Rockaway bungalows, the pair has more than 40 hours of footage including interviews with former vacationers such as AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. They’ve been collecting archival material, maps and rare footage such as the Marx brothers frolicking at a row of bungalows they owned in the 1920s before they moved to Hollywood.

They’ll screen some of this material at the Museum of the City of New York tomorrow.

The “Bungalows of Rockaway” film screening and discussion takes place at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd Street on Tues. Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., $9.


Anonymous said...

We have to hold on to some things of past. This is such a beautiful testiment to the times of the past. We should be preserving history. Pictures don't do it any need the real thing.

ken said...

check out the front yards of some of the bungalows in the photo. They seem to be made up of sand and different colored stones, forming mosaic patterns. Pretty neat.

Anonymous said...

gee,that's swell.
do they bother to explain what happened to the Rockaways / Edgemere ?
how that area was destroyed ?