159 and 160 BEACH 26TH STREET

The remaining bungalows on Beach 26th Street differ slightly from those on Beach 24th and Beach 25th Streets. In place of hipped dormers on their roofs, these bungalows have clipped gables with louvered vents on their front façades. These two houses have integrated arched stucco columns on their porches as well, which also differ from the other bungalows. The entrance to number 160 is on the side of its porch, as opposed to in the center, and it features lovely wood window shutters on its side façades.


This stucco bungalow has a gable roof without a dormer, exposed roof rafters and a louvered vent at the gable pitch on the front façade. Its porch features a wainscot ceiling and columns that taper significantly at the bottom where they reach the porch ledge. This bungalow has a rear shed addition that it shares with number 165.


The boardwalk, constructed in 1925, was the social centerpiece of the Rockaway bungalow communities from the 1920s to the 1960s. It was host to parades, roller skating and basketball games, as well as vendors selling summer favorites such as knishes, ice cream and hotdogs. According to local legend, the now standard Chinese take-out carton, or “Tucky Cup,” was invented at Tuck’s Restaurant on Rockaway Beach. The boardwalk hosted many attractions for people from bungalow communities all over the Rockaway peninsula during the summer. A large concession stand was located at Beach 36th Street, there was a movie theater at Beach 68th Street, and the Playland amusement park was located at Beach 98th Street. While people reveled in the excitement and entertainment on the boardwalk, beachgoers relaxed underneath it, taking advantage of the shade it provided from the hot sun. When the bungalow communities dwindled, the boardwalk fell into disrepair. In 2009–10, the city funded work on the boardwalk, replacing the deteriorated wooden boards with concrete. The lanes that lead from the street to the boardwalk have permanent easements to allow common beach and boardwalk access to all members of the public.