Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Preserving the bungalows
From DNA Info:
"It's amazing to think you're in New York City and you have a beach community by the ocean," said bungalow owner Stephanie Samoy, president of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association, which has joined forces with the Historic Districts Council in a year-long effort to raise awareness of the community and plot the next steps to shield it from development.
The groups are promoting the bungalows as cheap alternatives to swanky summer homes in the Hamptons. Creative types also enjoy the fixer-upper appeal of the bungalows, which are mostly intact but warrant fresh coats of paint and new mouldings.
"It's a throwback to the early 20th century," Samoy added.
Samoy's association wants to save about 100 bungalows built largely in the early 1920s on Beach 24th, 25th and 26th streets, between Seagirt Boulevard and the boardwalk. Decades ago, they were summer homes for working-class New Yorkers, from electricians to train conductors, said documentarian Jennifer Callahan, who made the 2010 film "The Bungalows of Rockaway."