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In The Bathhouse


The New York Times
August 4, 1909


He Wore a Red Bathing Suit and Rockaway Police Suspect Yale Men.

The Captain of the Rockaway Beach Police Station wants to know who left a monkey in a red bathing suit in a bathing house there, because he had to lock up the monkey in the station house, and he says he never had a prisoner before that kept so many policemen busy watching him. The monkey is of regulation organ-grinder type, except for the red bathing suit with the rosettes, and the life saver’s belt he wears.

Martin ward, attendant of Roche’s Pavilion at South Street and Broadway, Far Rockaway, found him in a bathing house, being attracted by the scolding cries of the little animal. He took him to the owner of the pavilion, who telephoned the police station.

Norman King, 6 feet 4 inches in height, the biggest patrolman of the precinct, was sent down, and about 300 little boys and girls followed him back to the station with the monkey peeping out of his pocket and making faces. Lieut. Scoville didn’t know just how to enter the monkey on his blotter, but finally put him down as lost, strayed, or stolen, and tied him to a post of the back porch, and the patrolmen seem to think that at least five of them have to keep guard on him all the time. It is said that a lot of Yale undergraduates were at Rockaway yesterday afternoon, and the police in some way connect the monkey with them.



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About Far Rockaway

It\'s hard to pinpoint why the history of Far Rockaway is so alluring. Perhaps because it was once such a popular and fashionable destination, yet little remains of its opulent architecture and frolicking Victorian crowds. The grand hotels and homes that once lit up the waterfront have all succumbed to fire, development or the sea. The coast has shifted and entire islands have disappeared. Neighboring Coney Island (and its sister parks of yore: Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase) have also seen constant change since their respective Grand Openings. At their height, they boasted journeys to the moon, wild sideshows, romantic promenades, hanging gardens and trips through time to distant lands. As a rule, little expense was spared in cultivating amusements of the highest quality–from the one million lightbulbs that made Dreamland dreamy, to the fully functioning "Lilliputian Village" with over 300 dwarves. Though a handful of rides still dot the landscape, the sheer imagination and ingenuity of those long gone amusement parks is lost, remembered only distantly through stories and fading photographs. Our Far Rockaway Collection is an homage to those fancy and fantastical summer days, when New Yorkers exchanged their cramped city streets for Queens\' breezy coast.