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The Wonderful world of Rockaway’s Playland

For all who grew up in the Rockaways remember Playland. Whether you were  very young with all your families your first time.  One can never forget this wonderful place. As  we grew older many of us went there to hang out as they use to say and just be there on a saturday with our own friends. Again it was a simpler time. For a few dollars we could be with our friends or by ourselves. Remembering All the smells and the grit of the place is another feeling of home.  I have been collecting photograph and postcards for over 30 years now . Its fun to put them all together for all to see this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy all your own memories.

Bruce Baumwoll

Photo By: Julie Wilson

Photo By : Julie Wilson

Woody Allens : Radio Days

Many of the images of Playland are from Carol Marston’s site More Old Rockaway Photos. Her web site was started years ago and she is still updating the site with new photos. I began saving Skip & Carol’s photos from their sites Rockaway Beach Reunion Website and More Old Rockaway Photos respectively since the beginning of the internet. They allowed me to show thier photos on my blog with my personal reflections.

Other photos are from E-bay where they were for sale. The postcards and paper ephemera still sell everyday from e-bay. There is no copyright infringement on postcards and most paper ephemera as it was meant to be thrown away.

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The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White: “Ball” composed by Craig Armstrong, performed by The London Session Orchestra from the score to the Motion Picture Plunkett & Macleane

Hurricane Irene Photographs From the Rockaway’s

Photo By : Craig Ruttle

photo by: Craig Ruttle

There is no way one can explain how beautiful the sea is when a storm is coming. Some of the days when the sky was dark with a storm coming would be my favorite times. The power of the wind in your face and the roaring of the sea, I would always love to go then and fine all those wonderful shells.

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New York Times, Photo By : Todd Heisler

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Photo By Andrew Berends

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Photographs of The Rockaways

Photo By Matthew Carson

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Photo By: Emilio Fuerra

The black and white photos that are next are some of the most haunting of a place that once had such life. There is such a beauty in these photographs such a stillness.

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all the black and white

photos are by the same person

Bungalows And Bungalows And More Bungalows The Rockaway We All Remember

There were thousands of bunglows in the Rockaways here are just a few. There are other bungalows photos  in other older posts also. They were a special place where one could go for a summer and it would be your home for that season. Many families went back to the same one or same court. This was a special time in our history.

My brother Bobby Baumwoll  in front of our house
on Beach 38th street

My Cousin Lynn running to the corner of Sprayview Ave
and Beach 38th Street

All these black and white photos are from the New York Archive, all were seen and used for the wonderful documentary By Jennifer Callahan ” The Bungalows of Rockaway”

All the above photos are from Jennifer Callahan’s

The Bungalows Of Rockaway

Photo By: Martha Cooper

Photo By: Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By : Martha Cooper

Photo By: Ken Kensinger

Photo By : Ken Kensinger

Photo By : Richard George

Photo By: Richard George

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The Photographs Of Edgemere and Far Rockaway: Going Home

Photo By Murray Cooper

The Baumwoll’s Brown house on beach 38th street

Photo By : Murray Cooper

Beach 38th street


Photo By Murray Cooper

Beach 38th Street and Sprayview Ave

Photo By : Andrew Reach

Bruce Baumwoll going home 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo By : Andrew Reach 1985

Photo by: Andrew Reach 1985

 Photo by: Richard Grayson

Courtesy of: Steve Feldman

Courtesy of: Steve Feldman

Courtesy of: Steve Feldman

Courtesy of: Steve Feldman

Photo By : Steve Feldman

Photo By : Steve Feldman

Courtesy of: Steve Feldman

Courtesy of:  Steve Feldman

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Photographer not known

Photo by Rick Gold

Photo by Rick Gold

Photo by Ben Budick

Andrew Reach and I after our day back on Beach 38th street where he took all the black and white photos of the bungalows 1985

Memories of 1967 & 1968 Graduations at Far Rockaway High School – Songs by Adele and Flogging Molly

My family history is Far Rockaway. We go back to 1915. Different parts of my family are there throughout the years. My grandmother, Eva Baumwoll, lived there in 1915 with her family, my great grandfather and great grandmother Abram and Ida Smilovitz and all their children. My mother’s father Isadore Schulkin was in the Hebrew orphanage in Far Rockaway with his sisters when my great grandmother was too ill to take care of them. My grandfather, Nathan Baumwoll and his sons lived most of his life there. He had homes on Beach 34 Street and Beach 38th Street. They owned a home on Reads Lane when my dad went to war (WWII). Our history is in this place. When people ask me  “Where do you come?” it’s always Far Rockaway.

These films that were taken by my father Jack Baumwoll and my Uncles Leonard Balen and Max Schulkin. We are back in a time that does not exist any longer. Far Rockaway was a place that many families chose to live and raise their children.  My Dad would take the subway in to New York City where he worked. He was a printer and he printed books, lots of them. He would always bring them home and often he would bring them for me. As I’ve written about before on my blog, I did not graduate from Far Rockaway for we left due to an event at Junior High School PS 198 where I did graduate from.

My dad Jack Baumwoll and his brother Joseph graduated from Far rockaway before World War 2. There are also cousins, more than I can remember now, that graduated there. But some of them are my dear cousins; Illana Balen, Lynn Balen, Ellis Rackoff, Carl Rackoff, Lois Rackoff and Ellen Rackoff. There are dear friends to the family and to me that graduated there also; Robert Goldberg, Barry Fischer, Alan Budman and Billy Lipton. Each one of these souls has helped me to become the man that I am and this is my tribute to them.

The film clips in this video are of my brother Ira baumwolls’ in 1967 and my cousin Lynn Balens’ graduations from 1968 memories from Far Rockaway High School.

Who would ever have imagined that this world would disappear in our lifetime and yet it has. The times have changed in so many ways. Just look and see how all the kids really look in this world. Many of these people are no longer with us. They have missed much for the world has changed in ways we could have never understand or even imagined. A phone that goes in our pocket, streaming movies thru the tv from the computer. Yet with all that we still are, we are just people living our lives and trying to take care of our families and have a good life and of course to record that we were here in some way. The young today have what they call social media. It’s a new world. I have wished for years like many of you who have contacted me that the life that we have lived, our fathers and mothers and grandparents have lived, would not be completely forgotten. This is my small attempt to leave a record. That we were here and this was our times and our lives. I hope you enjoy these films and photographs of a time and place that so many of us call home.

Peace,

Bruce Baumwoll

email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com

Acknowledgments:
I wish to thank all the people whose photographs are a part of this film and a few great web sites. Marty Nislick’s site “Rockaway Memories” is a true place for amazing stories and history. This is a site that must not be missed. And of course, the founders of all of this, Alan (Skip) Weinstock and Carol Marston were the first too make us all remember what we had with their great site “Far Rockaway Alumni Association”.

Contributing Photographs

Lou Ramas, Bob Natt, Marty Nislick, Barry Halpern, Dave Ableson, Jay Fader, Robert Cooper, Peter Sorman, Billy Lipton, Barry Fischer, Alan Budman, Skip Weinstock, Carol Marston, Robert Goldberg, Ellen and Lois Rackoff, Illana and Lynn Balen, Jack Baumwoll, Lenny Balen, Max Schulkin, Stevie S. Stevens

Songs:
“If I Ever Leave This World Alive” by Floggy Molly
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele