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The Photographic Archive of Edgemere, Far Rockaway & the Rockaways

 beach 35th street Edgemere – photo credit: Mark Beckerman

beach39thstreet Edgemere photo credit : Mark Horowitz

Edgemere photo credit : Mark Horowitz

photo credit : William Platts

State Diner 1951 photo credit : arthur ganzer

State Diner 1951 photo credit : unknown

State Diner 1951 photo credit  : unknown

photo credit : Steve Sobel

photo credit : arthur ganzer

photo credit Michelle Jaeger

photo credit Michelle Jaeger

photo credit Michelle Jaeger

The Wave: photo credit

 beach 35th street Edgemere – photo credit: Mark Beckerman

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photo credit : Steve Sobel

Selected Images from the New York City Parks & Recreation Photo Archive

Rockaway Boardwalk, at 78th Street, Queens, circa 1938-39: Credit Max Ulrich, New York City Parks Photo Archive

Railroad Crossing to Rockaway Beach at 108th Street, Queens, October 1, 1939: Credit Max Ulrich, New York City Parks Photo Archive

Beach Inspection with Mayor Lindsey, Rockaway Beach, Queens: June 1973, New York City Parks Photo Archive

Beach erosion, Beach 89th, Rockaway Beach, Queens: New York City Parks Photo Archive

Rockaway Beach Extension, Queens, July 17, 1927: New York City Parks Photo Archive

Rockaway Boardwalk, Queens, April 4, 1939: Credit Max Ulrich, New York City Parks Photo Archive

Food Concession Interior, Rockaway Beach, Queens, circa 1940: New York City Parks Photo Archive

Storm Damage, Rockaway Beach, Queens, February 10, 1972: New York City Parks Photo Archive

Rockaway Boardwalk, with Playground at left, Queens, March 19, 1940: New York City Parks Photo Archive

Roller Skaters – Gertrude Schank and Sally Zorn, Rockaway Beach Playground, Queens, July 29, 1942: New York City Parks Photo Archive

MARRIAGE FOR ALL: song “Together We Are Beautiful” sung by Chiwetel Ejiofor from the film Kinky Boots

Marriage For All, 2009 by Andrew Reach

The original art “Marriage For All” was created by my lifetime partner Andrew Reach of 31 years originally for the National Equality March on Washington DC in 2009. It inspired me and has allowed me to relax and create this film of us and of all the other faces through time that were willing to be captured. The world is a crazy place and many took chances allowing them to be photographed. We honor all the LGBT people who came before us for their bravery and honesty. I’m allowing myself to be brave for all the young people, that perhaps by seeing these images it will keep them going forward so they can have freer lives.

Click here to visit Andrew Reach’s website to read our story and explore his art

Click here to visit see Marriage for all on Equality Across America website

Click here to visit Equality Across America website

Click here to visit Freedom To Marry website

Song “Together We Are Beautiful” sung by Chiwetel Ejiofor from the film Kinky Boots.

Bruce Baumwoll

New York Times article: Exhibit Shows the Impact of War, Through the Artists and the Soldiers By James Warren, published: May 28, 2011

Andrew and I are honored and humbled that his artwork March of Humanity was selected for this very special art exhibition traveling around the country.  The juried competition from entries around the country  features 103 works by 75 artists; the art by soldiers, military personnel, surgeons and and even civilians like him who have been inspired by the brave fight our wounded veterans battle everyday.                                      March of Humanity

Dr. Matthew Jimenez knows about the fog of war and how families may never learn how a loved one actually died. So he wondered about a dead soldier’s boots. “They would know,” he said. “What story would they tell if they could talk?”….. It reminds us how war can inspire artists, whatever their medium. read more

James Warren writes for the Chicago News Cooperative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization providing local coverage of Chicago and the surrounding area for The New York Times.

This special exhibit is sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic  Surgeons. This is Andrew’s second exhibit with the organization. His first with the AAOS was the titled “eMotion Pictures” and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the organization. A statement from the eMotion Pictures  website says:

“2008 marks the 75th Anniversary of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art celebrates the caring and compassion orthopaedic surgeons have for their patients and the tremendous impact they have on the quality of life of every patient they see. It celebrates healing, independence, and more

The show featured 200 works from 152 artists from 1200 entries from 17 countries. Andrew had two works in the show and with one of them being featured in The AAOS’s 75th anniversary calender for the month of January 2009.

Meeting of the Spines

Spine Wave

Links to exhibitions online to explore:

Wounded in Action exhibit homepage
Wounded in Action exhibit artist page
eMotion Pictures exhibit homepage
eMotion Pictures exhibit artist page

Memories Of The Baumwolls’ Warsaw Poland, 1720 -1943: “Lift My Burdens” Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

I knew nothing about my grandfather’s life before he came to America. All he ever said was that he was from Belgium. I now know that my family lived in Warsaw Poland as far back at this point to 1740. To be able to say all there names and who they were is beyond any thing.

I had begun this journey just over one year ago. I started a blog, and just began. To date over  126,111 people have come to see it all. I am very humble. I had begun this, for I was in great despair .

I am a quiet man living a life mostly in the house. Due to my partner’s health and my health we do not get out much, we have been together now 31 years. Our days are filled with lots of pain. Andrew is very ill with two differant diseases Each one moving forward never leaving us in there inch toward trying to take him. I am often alone in the house due to large blocks of time when Andrew is resting; escaping the pain. So all of this has come to me.

Our house is a large old Victorian three blocks from Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio. Our area is right out of downtown called the Gordon Art Square District in one of the oldest parts of town here. On one of those days I was walking around through the house and got to the main second hall way on the second floor. I stopped at the two photos of my great grand parents. I knew nothing about them except that I was named after my great grand mother Beile ( Bella) and my great Uncle Samuel. I did not know where they were buried or what happened to them. I had been crying thinking of my dear mother and brothers.

I could no longer take all the pain. Sixty years is enough to be the one that is always on the outside. To be a victim is hard enough but to allow it, all in the hopes that I would be loved just for myself and who I am was more than I could take any longer. We all have a voice. My family would just let me go. For I would not let them tell me my truth or the truth that they felt I was not seeing from their point of view. So in my hallway, at that moment I realized with all that I believe that I would not meet them when I leave this earth. The shock of that was almost too much for me. I broke down in that hallway and prayed to keep my faith. And then it came to me.

As I look at the photos of my great grand parents, I knew that I would see them. I would meet all the people that had come before me. And so the journey began. Through my blog two angels came to me and they found my great grandparents graves. I have found things out that I could have never seen. I am now putting together a little film on their times and places. Who were they? How did they live? I am very close now to all these souls.

Most of the Baumwoll men as far back to 1760 lived in Warsaw . Abram Baumwoll is my 4th great grand father, born in 1770. They lived in Warsaw with his wife Esther and their children, their first son Zelik and my 3rd great grandfather Josef born in 1794.
The census of 1764 counted 2519 people, and that of 1778 testified to the presence of 3512 Jews residing mostly in the jurydykas little towns right out of the city. They constituted about 6 per cent of the entire population of Warsaw, and came from more than 200 localities all over the Polish Commonwealth. All the time, Jews strove to obtain the right to settle freely in Warsaw. Their actions gained impetus in the second half of the 18th c., and, in particular, during the “Four-Year Diet” (1788-1792) sessions.They change laws for the families that were born there before 1798. Those jewish families could live within the city limits.

My family was able to live in the city of Warsaw at the time. For they had been born their before 1798 . Jews that lived outside the city were given day passes to come in. I have also found out that I had a great-great-great-great-great grandfather who was a Rabbi there also was a cantor which makes total sense to me for both my father and I were singers . There are so many lives that have come forth. I have come to see that life is a circle . I am a man that can not live with out his family. I am will try and find a way to have them in my life.There is always Hope and Faith.
I can feel all the souls around me filled with joy for there is nothing more inportant then famliy and love .

Bruce Baumwoll

Bella Baumwoll 1880 Warsaw Poland

Josef (Yossel) Baumwoll 1880 Warsaw Poland

Scott Ligon: Digital Artist, Filmaker & Author comes to meet Andrew at our house

Andrew was introduced to Scott Ligon through Max Eternity, founder of Art Digital Magazine. Max Eternity is a mentor to Andrew. Max is also a contributing writer to the Huffington Post Arts.

His blog says, “Scott Ligon is a digital artist and filmmaker. His work is frequently exhibited and has won several awards. Three years ago he relocated from his native Virginia to Cleveland, Ohio, in order to accept a job as the coordinator for the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.”

He is also author of the acclaimed book Digital Art Revolution

Andrew is being assisted by the non-profit organization Leap through the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation to help him  further his art career as well as providing assistive technology to make it easier to work on his art. In the city of Cleveland, Andrew was selected for this special program along with 12 other severely disabled individuals.  Leap’s Sheryl Whalen and Christine Henry brought in Scott Ligon to visit Andrew at home for his advice and expertise.

See Scott Ligon’s Blog post about Andrew below.

Lost In A Place Where Pain Does Not Live

Digital Artist Andrew Reach
Saturday, May 7, 2011

When I spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Reach and his partner Bruce Baumwoll. Andrew has had an illustrious career as an… Read more…

Memories Of Edgemere Far Rockaway – The Photographs by Murray Cooper “New York, New York” performed by Frank Sinatra

This video features the Kodachrome Photographs by the late Murray Cooper, loaned to Edgemere Archive through the Library of Barbara Cooper. The beginning montage of black and white photographs are by an unknown photographer. The iconic black & white aerial photo is of the boardwalk at Edgemere on July 4, 1957 by Margaret Bourke-White.

The subject of the photos are of life at the Bungalow Colony at Beach 38th Street and a wonderful portrait of life on the Boardwalk and on the beach between 1957 and 1961. Through his photographs, he weaves us a world of families leaving the hot city, mostly from the Bronx, to have a wonderful life during the summer at the bungalow colony, from their evening gatherings, to all the families sitting on the porches talking, to the utterly amazing boardwalk photographs. He captures his beloved Pearl, his family and extended family and other returning families who came to the same Bungalow Colony every summer.

As I mentioned before on my blog, Beach 38th Street holds a very special place to me personally, and one of the things that was lost to me were photographs of the street and the house. Through an unbelievable chain of events all of us will get to enjoy these amazing photographs of a time and place and a way of life that has slipped away. With my world being all on Beach 38th Street with my grandparents owning and running one of the big summer homes, in many of his photographs he captures the home. It is the large brown house right off the Boardwalk. These are the first pictures I’ve seen of the house since I was a boy.

Murray Cooper considered himself an amateur photographer, using a professional quality 35 mm camera and Kodachrome film. But the quality of the pictures speak otherwise. His photographs in the end will be compared with the great photographs of New York. Murray never got to see where his photographs will get to travel in today’s world. The internet will take these pictures everywhere.

I wish to Thank Barbara Cooper for sharing her father’s photographs with us.

I dedicate this video to Murray and Pearl Cooper.

Bruce Baumwoll

The Fabulous Bungalow Colony on Beach 38th St. – Kodachrome Photos by Murray Cooper

Here is a look back to a time, of life on Beach 38th street.  Murray Cooper’s Kodachrome photographs so capture the feeling of bungalow life (1957-1961), when life did seem so much more simple. Mr. Cooper took many photos of a group of families including his own, so these photos capture a slice summer life at the Bungalows that is gone forever.

The photos are courtesy from the Library of Barbara Cooper.

Murray &  Pearl  Cooper

The Extraordinary Kodachrome Photographs by Murray Cooper from the Library of Barbara Cooper

I’m proud to be a part of presenting the photographs of Murray Cooper loaned to the Edgemere Archive from the Library of Barbara Cooper, his daughter. These are one of a kind kodachrome slide photographs.  They belong in a museum they were taken between 1958-1961. The place you see no longer exists and yet in the photographs you can still feel the energy and the impulse of the photographer to capture life on the boardwalk and the beach  as it truly was.

These extraordinary photographs that have never been published before I believe will be compared with Margaret Bourke-White and the great photographers of the last century. The kodachrome colors are dazzling. As a hobby, he was a serious photographer and they go beyond being merely everyday snapshots to transcending to be fine works of art as only a true artist can. Each photograph is beautifully composed. When I first received these from Barbara Cooper, age had taken it’s toll on them and they required major color restoration. All in total right now Barbara has send 65 images, These are but the first few. More to come !

Another thing for me personally that is very exciting is that many of the photographs have my grandfathers house in them. It is the large brown house on the right.

Bruce Baumwoll

A quintesential photograph of life on the boardwalk at Beach 38th Street - The boy with his back to us might be me on the left (Bruce Baumwoll)

One of the families from from the bunglows, from Beach 38th Street at the Boardwalk - The big brown house right off the boardwalk was my families house on the boardwalk you can see Meyers Knishes, And the stand closest to my house, Where I got all my egg creams, I can feel the floor with my bare feet.

Another family from the bungalow colony on Beach 38th Street - Look at the wonderful steps

Another family from the Bungalow colony - Notice the life on the boardwalk

This photograph by Murray Cooper is a wonderful photo capturing life in the bungalows in Edgemere and all of the Rockaways - These bungalows were towards Edgemere Avenue

An amazing shot - the life of the boardwalk at Beach 38th Street notice the rented chair that she is on, they are all over the photos another part of a time long gone

Sunbathers from the bungalow colony - Notice the Coca-Cola signs in the background - "I want an orange ices, large."

Barbara Coopers grandfather at Beach 38th Street - Notice Meyers Knishes stand on the boardwalk

Another wonderful view of beach life and boardwalk life - Notice the place to the right , They had the best italian ices

Barbara Cooper and her Aunt Lil at one of the Beach 38th Street Bungalow Colony's

One of Murray Cooper's favorite subjects to photograph, the lovely Mrs. Cooper on the Jetty at Beach 38th Street

The EDGEMERE – Beach 34th Street FAR ROCKAWAY


Beach 34th Street

Ruth and her family on Beach 34th Street - 1968: photo courtesy the Library of Ruth Wenig

Like many of us, we remember our streets. These two photographs are from the Library of Ruth Wenig. Her family lived on Beach 34th Street right off the beach. Like my family she has sand in her shoes.

Flood of September 1960 - View of Beach 34th Street looking towards the El: photo courtesy the Library of Ruth Wenig