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.

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 Freedom To Marry website

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

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