The Baumwoll’s & Their Summer Houses on Beach 38th & 34th Streets in Edgemere Rockaway NY

It has taken me 20 years to find pictures of our houses on Beach 38th street and Beach 34th street I can finally rest. I hope you enjoy my little film. In memory of a place that is only in our minds.

The Rockways You’re seeing my grandfather Nathan Baumwoll in 1927 having fun on top of the Roxy Movie Palace in New York City that he helped put the sound in. My grandfather comes to America from Warsaw Poland in 1912. My family was there for more than 200 years. By 1915 he’s working for Jacob Fabian, an early silent film theater owner who built some of the great Movie Palaces. At 15, Nathan was one of his projectionists when they still turned the film. He would go on to do his own little Reels. He would be written about in the newspapers’ and be compare to Georges Méliès. He would be a projectionist his whole life. Fabian sells his circuit of theaters and all the Reels to Warner Brothers in 1927. They in turn begin Warner Brothers Studios

Eva Smilowitz Baumwoll My grandmother was the person who played the piano in the silent movie houses. They would marry in 1920 when they were around 20 years old. My grandmother’s family, The Smilowitz, lived in the Rockaways as early as 1915. My grandparents, Nathan and Eva Baumwoll, would go on to own three houses in the Rockaways. One was on Beach 38th Street that I used to go to. The other was on Beach 34th Street. They were family gathering homes for the summers and they ran them as summer lodgings for people getting away from the city. There were two other houses, one on Reads Lane and an earlier one in Baldwin Long Island. In later years, they ran the Commodore Hotel and the Euclid Hotel on South Beach in Miami Beach Florida.

Photograph of Jack and Roslyn Baumwoll

Bruce Baumwoll

How was all that losted

Robert Moses is blamed for having destroyed more than a score of neighborhoods by building 13 expressways across New York City and by building large urban renewal projects with little regard for the urban fabric or for human scale. Robert Moses (December 18, 1888 – July 29, 1981) was an American urban planner and public official who worked in the New York metropolitan area during the early to mid 20th century. Despite never being elected to any office, Moses is regarded as one of the most powerful and influential individuals in the history of New York City and New York State. The grand scale of his infrastructural projects and his philosophy of urban development influenced a generation of engineers, architects, and urban planners across the United States.

Remembering The Marlin Beach Hotel & The Copa In Fort Lauderdale Florida

This little film is about places that no longer exist, where gay people would go to be free. They could meet other people like themselves and just be. Every Sunday the Marlin Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale Florida would have Tea Dance. This is where Andrew reach and myself (bruce baumwoll) met. We have been blessed to be together now for 41 years. Had it not been for this kind of place, the chances of many of us meeting each other did not exist. The Copa discotheque in Ft. Lauderdale was exactly the same way. So many of us spent many a night dancing away. This little film is dedicated to my dear friend John Goodwin (aka Dana Manchester). He was a legend then and will always be.

Bruce Baumwoll

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I love Doris Day, I had the thrill of her writing to me, and signing many of the posters that I have collected from some of her movies. I hope you enjoy my little tribute to this great performer and animal lover.

This all came about when some of my animals were attacked. I wrote to her below is her letter to me, and my letter to her.

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Here is the letter Doris Day wrote to me.

Doris Days letter to me in 1998
Signed by Doris Day, Lover Come Back Lobby Card
Signed by Doris Day, Life Magazine Cover

Here is the letter I wrote to Doris Day so long ago, Oct 19, 1998

Signed by Doris Day, That Touch Of Mink – Half Sheet Movie Poster
Signed by Doris Day, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies – Half Sheet Movie Poster
Signed By Doris Day, Young At Heart – Lobby Card
Signed By Doris Day, By The Light of The Silvery Moon – Lobby Card
Signed By Doris Day, Lullaby Of Broadway – Insert Movie Poster