Long Beach, New York
Once again I must thank the Long Beach Historical Society for many of the photos on this page. Their archives seem to be endless, if you enjoy old Long Beach, you really should join as I did ! If you have old Long Beach photographs or memorabilia consider donating it, or a copy of it, to their collections for future generations to enjoy !
This page was last updated on: December 27, 2015
Thomas Healy's, located at the east side of the boardwalk ramp on Long Beach Blvd. Originally, it was the first hotel built in Long Beach (after the demise of the Long Beach Hotel) by and for Paul J. Rainey and known as the "Casino", it is seen under that name several other places on this site. The bricks from the great chimney on the Long Beach Hotel were used to construct part of this building after the LBH burned in July of 1907. Rainey trained animals for the (silent) movies. By 1918 he was firmly entrenched in California.(todays Universal Studios) .. The Bronx Zoo also has a memorial to him..
Thomas Healy was a famous restaurateur, who soon after this structure was built bought it from Paul with the idea of knocking it down and building a grander structure.This structure didn't last long however, it burned to the ground around 1920.
(Documentation provided by Roberta Fiore, LB Historical Society)
Thomas Healy's again, this time from the boardwalk. Someone over the years pencilled in the names on the roof where the signs weren't legible.
The old fire house in the rear of City Hall shows the Uniformed Force's Quarters as a one story building at the far right. It was on Chester St directly behind Police Headquarters. The original First Aid Car (Car 19) and Engine 3 rolled out of this building. (I believe it was called Car 19 because it had a PD radio and was referred to by the PD as Car 19).
The two bay quarters, separated from the Uniformed Quarters by an alley, held the aerial ladder chauffeured by a Uniformed Member and in the later years, the Volunteer Apparatus: Hose 1, Rescue and the Floodlight Truck. The second floor above the apparatus floor, held a meeting room.
What is not very visible here is the line of firetrucks in the distance on the left. I cropped them out and you can see them below.
Photo courtesy of LB Historical Society / Lowell Taubman
Documentation provided by Howie Hemsley
Engine 3, Car 19 and quarters ---->>>>
Aerial ladder and later housed volunteer apparatus --- >>>>
These are the trucks which are in the photo above at the end of the street on the left.
The Long Beach Bridge, circa 1930's. You're looking north toward Island Park.
A cropped out image taken from the photo of the bridge above. Anyone know what Hof-Brau's drive in was ??
The Long Beach Transportation Company, circa 1890's ??
Exact location unknown to me, but probably around the old train station I would guess. This building held the Post Office and ran the steamers which brought many of the visitors to the island from Freeport and the mainland.
This photo is probably in the 40's I was told. After looking closer, it appears there are several, possibly 41 Chevy's in the photo ! (Thanks Sam !) The house facing the street is known as the Jacovitz home, located on Laurelton Blvd and Penn St.
You're looking south on Long Beach Blvd at th line of traffic trying to get out of town ! The city garage is on the far side of the street. Taken from the roof of the Grassland Oil Company.
(thanks to Sam Schwarzman for help with this photo)
Click here for a large aerial photo taken from over the bay looking south around Riverside Blvd. in the 50's.. I left it large for detail and it will open in another window so you can study it. Sam Schwarzman provides some documentation on it. Close that window to return here.. enjoy !
The photo on the right really has me wondering. It appears the boardwak may be visible in the distance, and this is what Lowell from the LB Historical Society says it is. But the building in the foreground looks almost exactly what the original 1849 Life Saving Station should have looked like. And this photo was taken from some higher point, perhaps the new station which would have been built next to it around 1872. Could what appears to be the boardwalk actually be the trestle that once went over Luce's Inlet ?? The original Life Saving Stations were very near that inlet. Another theory is that the straight line heading toward the ocean may have been one of the dredge pipes which pumped sand from the bay dredging out on to the beaches. I'm open to more speculation on this one !!
I thought the tank top was still in style in this year, guess I was wrong, being the youngster that I am !!