Friday, November 25, 2016
Park Service looking to refurbish Jacob Riis Bathhouse
From CBS 2:
With colder weather and the holidays upon us, you may not be thinking about your summer beach plans.
But as CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, the National Park Service is.
In fact, the agency is trying to restore the historic bathhouse on Rockaway Beach with the help of private investors.
The iconic bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park in Queens has been virtually abandoned for decades. Built in 1932, the art deco pavilion was a popular summer destination for New York’s working poor and immigrants – with restaurants, a surf shop, and a mile-long white sand beach.
But time, neglect, and storms took their toll.
The Park Service is now looking for bidders to reopen parts of the bathhouse with dining, concessions, arts, and an event space for next summer. But the second floor, which housed a Howard Johnson’s hotel in the 1960s, will obviously take much longer.
The second floor now looks like modern-day ruins, with crumbling ceilings and rotting bathrooms.