Scanning the messages sent on the guest book, it seems to form a pattern. What do most people miss, the beach, then food (or is it food and then the beach)? It is interesting how often the same restaurants come up especially Gino's. That kind of dates people as I consider Gino's a new addition. The old timers (hey I'm 60 that qualifies me) would remember; Hymies Coffee shop on Park Place, The Penguin, Male Wear by Block, Whalan's 5 and 10, Zella's taxi cabs, Pat Howard's bowling alley, the Shangri-La Bar, Patsy O'Neils, The Elbow Room, The Music Box, The Texas Ranger, The Magic Touch, Commodore Fishing Station, Red Sail Boat Yard, Pen Yan Boats, the police booth on Long Beach Blvd. near Harrison St., The Long Beach Stadium where they had pro wrestling and amateur boxing, the old sea plane base, the ski jump across from the hospital, Dandees Bicycles, Fleishman Packard Agency, Fleishmans Rambler Agency, Fleishman's Lincoln Mercury, Fleishman's Ford, Fleishmans Jaguar, Fleishman's Honda, Fleishman's MG, Fleishman's Triumph, George's Garage, Beech Chevrolet, Long Beach Fishing Station, Ulricson's Boat yard, the traffic light pole right in the middle of the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and Park Ave.and a thousand more things. My spelling of many of these names leaves much to be desired, but oh well I tried. Now if I could only turn these million bits of trivia in money I'd be rich!
There is so much more: The Brooklyn Yacht Club that was on the bay 1 block east of the bridge. The Bay View hotel on the bay near the rail road tracks (east side). Fireman's Field, a stadium between the RR tracks and the small freight yard which ran west of the tracks. Bay Beach which was between the Brooklyn Yacht Club and Lincoln Blvd. Mc Kinnley and Connerly Restaurant across the bay. Camp Costigan near the sea plane base. The 85' yacht Lee Ann that use to tie up to a barge adjacent to the bulkhead where the Brooklyn Yacht Club was (it was a fine conversion of a W.W.II PT boat). Guy Lombado waving to us "kids" from his mahogany speed boat, Tempo II as he slowly went by. Cab Calloway living in Lido. The New York Jets living in the Azores Hotel at the end of Shore Road. Shore Road when it was called Front Street. The navy barracks which were on the old Lido Golf Club (which was west of where the present golf club is) and became apartments after the war. Diagonal parking on Park Avenue. Riverside Blvd. and Park Place were red brick as was Park Avenue. The Shore diner on Long Beach Blvd. between the "alley" and Chester Streets (later became a Jack-In-The-Box). My Dad was a Capt. in the Fire Department and I remember that the Firemen were also air raid wardens during W.W.II, he had a white helmet for that job. Before the Fire horns, they use to call the firemen by phone and my Dad (not having a car) would run from our house at 151 East Pine Street, down Riverside to Park Ave. and catch an engine heading east (we didn't have an East End firehouse). My Dad's Broadway Laundry between Edward's and National who's motto was "we wash everything but the baby." When that failed, he became one of the founders of 7500 taxi. Many remember my Dad as Abe the cab driver. Other board walk stuff like; Isadore Faber's Skee Ball and his croaking voice shouting "it's poker time." Fascination game of chance. Hebrew National hot dogs (why did they always taste better on the boardwalk?) Henry Wallers Custard stand, Kalins Custard Stand, miniature golf (owned by Mr. Meyers), the batting range, the penny arcade with those left over W.W.II games like "kill Tojo" and "kill Hitler." That's enough down memory lane for a while, I told you I remember tons of stuff (maybe too much?).