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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

photographer Unknown 

photographer unknown

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

Photographer not known

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

A Reinvention: The Gordon Square Arts District of Detroit Shoreway & The Wonders of Cleveland

Welcome to our neighborhood.

We came from Miami Florida to be near the Cleveland Clinic. My partners family comes from Cincinnati Ohio. They are here since 1820. His uncle and aunt, Frank and Carol Milgrim, had the famous womens clothing store Milgrims, first in downtown Cleveland in the 40’s and 50’s, then to Severence and closed in 1990 at the Pavilion Shopping Center in Beachwood. In 1933, Andrew’s great aunt Sally Milgrim designed Eleanor Roosevelt’s gown for the inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The gown remains in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. A friend of Florenz Zeigfeld, she designed dresses for entertainers such as Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey and Mary Pickford.

We now live in a wonderful old victorian right down the street from the Happy Dog. My partner and I are together for 32 years. Its a great palce for every age.The arts are all around us. Life is everywhere in the city of Cleveland and the Gordon Square Arts District of Detroit Shoreway is just one of the great wonders. It’s one of the truely great cities. Come on and come visit.

The black and white photographs are by the great Margaret Bourke White from her time in Cleveland.

Peace, Bruce Baumwoll
Song “Something’s Got a Hold of Me” sung by Christina Aguilera from the motion picture soundtrack Burlesque

Memories of the Rockaways: Places & Faces – Song “Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young

This is a compililation of photographs of people and places of the Rockaways.

Following soon will be a list of who the photographs are attributed to and also links to some of the wonderful websites that contributed.

Peace, Bruce Baumwoll
email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com

Marriage For All International – English Version

To never be silent again, we are who we are. Never let your voice be taken away. It has taken me a life time to get free. From all the people who looked away when bad things were happening to me. Speak Up., Don’t be afraid. If they don’t help you, you must do it on your own. This film is for the young people who’s lives are just starting and to all the gay and lesbians souls who gave their lives so we can have better ones. And to my beloved Andrew Reach my soulmate for 32 years now. who has helped a broken soul find his way and his voice.

Andrew Reach’s Circles 2012 Calendar: Available on Amazon.com

COVER

DECEMBER

BACK COVER

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Article on Truthout.org about Digital Art and Culture: by Max Eternity featuring Andrew Reach & Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media at the Whitney Museum

Factory by Andrew Reach

When Andrew began doing his art out of his hospital bed, one of the ways that I inspired him to work through his severe pain was that I would say, “Someday you’re going to be in the Whitney Museum in New York.” I had put all his art on our walls in our home in Miami Shores, Fl. Little does one know what lies in their future.

This year has been filled, like many of us, with great difficulty. We were told that Andrew now has a complication to his first disease, Scheuermann’s Kyposis, which is called the Viking gene which is affecting Andrew’s left leg motor skills and muscles. With pain beyond his normal pain, which means he was beyond the pain; he was the pain. Two times this year his right leg was affected and he could not walk. With multiple shots and a tremendous amount of physical therapy, he has gotten himself back up. Living with such pain is a horrible place to be.

So Andrew and I continue with the life that we now have which is being happy for what we have and never looking back to what has been lost. The secret to life is to keep going and always to see the wonder. The magic is all around us.

We were thrilled when this article came out. Both of us laughed when we saw it. There was Christiane Paul, curator of New Digital Media from the Whitney Museum of American Art, speaking on a podcast mentioning Andrew Reach, as an example of digital art in the United States, in the same story. Life is filled with so many circles.

Peace
Bruce Baumwoll
Explore more of Andrew Reach’s art at http://www.andrewreach.com

Digital Art and Culture: A 21st-Century Paradigm Shift

Monday 26 September 2011
 by: Max Eternity, Truthout | News Analysis
At a time when extreme, economic austerity measures are being considered and/or enacted by a number of Western governments – Greece, Spain, Germany, the US, and elsewhere – one has to wonder why, in the UK, a collective of government agencies in England have just allocated $815,000,000 for digital art and culture. Read more…

Nathan Baumwolls’ Silent Films 1929 Pt 1 – Rockaways & Long Island NY – Bocelli & Brightman

These are the Films made by my grandfather Nathan (Nat) Baumwoll in the year 1929. The Film begins with my grandfather on the roof of the great Roxy Movie Palace in New York City in build 1927.

Nathan Baumwoll was one of the people who put the sound in the Roxy and many of the movie palaces in New Jersey and New York. He comes to the United States in 1910 met by his father my great grand father Yosef Baumwoll all coming from Warsaw Poland where the family has been since 1760. He is only13 years old and only two years later my great grandfather dies at the age of 56. It was a great loss to the family.

Nathan goes to work at an early age of 15 in 1912 on the other side of the river in New Jersey for Jacob Fabian. My grandfather would begin with Fabian as a boy who turns the film as the people watched in the Nickelodeans. As Fabian’s influence grew power and wealth he opened more theaters and he need product to fill them. He began making his own films for his Nickelodeon theaters. Nat went on to become one of Fabian’s boys, and become one of the earliest projectionists on the east coast. At the same time he would begin doing the sound for some of Fabian’s movies. My grandfather would be written about in the papers of the day comparing him to the Great Belasco.

Fabian is known as one of the great men who created the great movie houses. In the end all that was owned by him and his family but a few of the theaters went on to be bought by the young Warner Brothers boys to help create Warner Brothers Studios. On some of those very early films, my grand dad did the sound. His whole life he was a projectionists. His last 20 years were at the Columbia Movie house up in Harlem.

He made his little films on the side.

Part 1
Scenes
Nathan Baumwoll on top of the Roxy Movie Palace 1929
Joseph Baumwoll age 9 rowing boat
Joseph Baumwoll  with cousin David Smiloviltz at camp
Eva Smilovitz Baumwoll & Joseph Baumwoll , Minnie & David Smilovitz
The boys of the camp with Joseph Baumwoll and David Smilovitz
The Rockaways , 1929 Mannie (Moe) Smilovitz and his sister my grandmother Evelyn (Eva )Smilovitz Baumwoll saying Hi at there family house in rockaway.
Moe Smilovitz his wife Minnie and there daughter June, Eva in the back ground.At my great grandfathers houses Abram Smilovitz in the rockaways. My father Jack Baumwoll comes in he is age 4.

I am looking for old films that were taken by Nathan Baumwoll, . He had four sisters and one brother . he would often go to see his mother Bella and his sisters in Manhattan and the Bronx, taking movies of them as early as he could. Looking for these films.

Peace
Bruce Baumwoll
email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com

“Time to Say Goodbye” sung by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Song “Time to Say Goodbye” sung by Andrea Bocelli & Sara Brightman

Peace

Bruce Baumwoll
email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com

Block’s Luncheonette, Edgemere Long Island 1950’s- Vintage Postcard

Block Luncheonette, Edgemere Long Island        Block’s Luncheonette: vintage postcard from the library of  Les Block

Les Block remembrances:

This is a picture of my families business. sometime in the 1950’s. They had boardwalk venders selling the Drink You Eat With A Spoon.

And yes if you have ever been on a boardwalk when there was hustle and bustle the picture makes you smell the ocean and the boardwalk itself. Those were the days, no computers but I think we all had more fun interacting with one another.

What a wonderful photograph. All I know is boy do I want an Egg Cream.

Peace,
Bruce Baumwoll
email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com

Memories of Far Rockaway & Edgemere Long Island Remembered: Part3 songs by Beth Fowler, Ethel Merman & Johnny Mathis

These are family home movies from the collection of Max and William Schulkin, my uncles and Nathan Baumwoll my grandfather.

The big brown house is my families house on beach 38th street , Edgemere Long Island. Its still a dream to me that I was given this photo through Barbara Cooper. Her father Murray Cooper took it. Its true we can go home.

These are movies of my family when they lived on 407 Central Ave . My Uncles William Schulkin Max Schulkin And Lenny Balen ,My aunt  Irene Schulkin Balen, Illana , Lynn  and the baby Sandi Balen my cousins, My dear Grandmother Mollie Schulkin, And my beloved Aunt Martha Schulkin. They are on the side of the building right off central ave Far Rockaway. I also lived in this building went I when in to  JH 198. My older brother Ira Baumwoll  went to Far Rockaway High School and my younger brother Robert Baumwoll went to pubic school 215. My folks are Jack And Roslyn Baumwoll.

My Dad Jack Baumwoll, my brother Ira Baumwoll, My two cousins Illana And Lynn Balen, Sandi Balen.  Ellen and Lois Rackoff all Graduated from Far Rockaway High I did not I went to 198 and graduated from there. The reason I did not graduate from Far Rockaway .While I was going in my 9th year at 198 .We were  doing a play called Camelot. I was one of the actors to be in that show. All I can say was. One moment we were rehearsing, the cast and the two stars a young women and Billy Lipton. Billy lived on the fifth floor of our building with his family . On central ave.

When out of know where a young man came up on the stage look at all of us. Ran over and Stabbed Billy in the Chest right near his heart. What I remember is Billy looking over in my direction his eyes focused beyond us, and Began to fall down. The young man that stabbed him, look towards all of us. And then ran.  Every thing was crazy the place was cleared out very fast. Billy was taken away and thank god lived after many hours of surgery. With in inchs of his heart.

I remember seeing the knife go in , him falling and the young man looking towards us. I know that I was with the police for a while. My parents came and got me. Being a very quite boy before this. Did not help me open up. I when back about a week later. Don’t remember what happen . But I could not relax. I stayed a short time. Ran out the building and got to the boardwalk and ran home. I did not go out of the house for the last three months of school. I was taken by my parents to my graduation at night and was taken away very fast. They had decided to move to Rockland County. That was when we left Far Rockaway and Edegmere.

Songs in the video:

  • “Everything Old is New Again” sung by Beth Fowler from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Boy From OZ
  • “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” sung by Ethel Merman from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Gypsy
  • Henry Mancini’s “Sweetheart Tree” sung by Johnny Matthis

Special thanks to Carol Marston, Skip Weinstock,,  They have taken us all home.  They are a force, that have expanted our minds  and we all can see home . Because of them .

Peace
Bruce Baumwoll
email: edgemere.archives@gmail.com