Blast From The Past: Rockaway Bungalows

Rockaway, NY, bungalows c. 1910

John Foster of the Accidental Mysteries blog stumbled across this photo of the Rockaways, circa 1910. Besides being an amazing photo, it gives a lot of insight into what life – and architecture – might have been like on our side of the shore. Sheepshead Bay, especially around Plumb Beach, had bungalow colonies similar to this one, used initially as summer homes for the city’s wealthier residents. If you take a stroll around some of the alleys on the eastern portion of Emmons Avenue, you can still find many homes like this, though now they’ve got more of that “lived in (for 100 years)” look and none of the symmetry.