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Summer Season, 1881. 



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The Summer Season with its heat brings renewed desires to 
pent up City folks to revel in the Delights of Seaside Pleasures, 
and Woodland Pastimes. 

The People of this Vicinity spent $14,960,000 last Summer at 
the Sea-side in search of Pleasure and Fresh Air. It may interest 
those, who have no exact information on the subject of Summering 
in New York and Vicinity, to show where the princely sum stated 
above was spent. For the benefit of those the following table is re- 
published from the N. Y. Herald, Sept. 20th 1880: 

Coney Island, 
Long Branch, 
Rock aw ay. 
Long Beach, 
Glen Island, 
Fort Lecj 



■ 250,000, 










Totals, 7,950,000 $14,962,000. 

Of the amount credited to Coney Island $150,000 was spent for 
bathing alone. 

Many are the beautiful spots that offer an asylum and rest to the 
metropolitan man of busmess, and we, in this little work, desire to 
tell all about the Popular Places ; and How to Get to Them. 
Each one thinks they have got the "biggest thing" in the world. 
Don't remain in the city. Go down to the Sea-side and see for your- 
self. "A word to the wise is sufficient," 

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A new seaside resort, partially opened last year, accessible via 
Long Island R. R. from James Slip and 34th street Femes to Hun- 
ter's point; Excursion Fare 50 cents. Trains leave James Slip, 8.30 
a.m. and 3.30 and 5 p.m.; 34thstreet 15 minutes later. Long Beach 
is seven miles long and is situated on the Long Island coast, directly 
East of Rockaway, and is an Island containing about 1,800 acres. 
The dip of the Beach is very gradual so that one may wade out 
several hundred feet before reaching his depth, the Beach is furnished 
with a colossal Hotel, 30 to 40 Cottages, Bathing-houses, Music 
Pavilions, and all other appointments of a first-class watering place, 
not foro-etting a Church ; a Marine Railroad will be in operation the 
entire length of the Beach this year. For the entertainment of visitors 
at the Beach, there will be daily Concerts, and ^'■Kleaphas Schreiner*^ 
will bring with him, when he leaves Hamburg in June — 62 Musicians. 

among them, those who played under his direction at the Long 

Beach last summer. For those who desire to enjoy cool breezes, and 
attend divine worship, a Church will be completed and ready for 
service about June 15 — the Church will be so arranged that its sides 
can be opened at frequent distances, to allow any number of people 
at the outside to hear the preaching and service ; the Church will be 
called Grace Church bjt the Sea, and the Rev. Dr. Snively of Brook- 
lyn, will be its pastor. At the Western End of the Beach or Island,, 
where the R- R. trestle ceases an elaborate Boat-house has been 
constructed, in which will be placed seventy fine boats for hire. Mr. 
Richard H. Southgate, proprietor of the Windsor Hotel in Montreal, 
has leased the Hotel, for which he agreed to pay $40,000 cash, and a 
percentage of the receipts. On the first floor of the Hotel, where the 
Restaurant and Cafe are located; there is accomodation for five thou- 
sand people at one time; the Hotel entertaining about 600 guests. 
Previous to '80 in was only patronized by Pot Hunters and Wreckers. 

A visit to this delightful resort will well repay any lover of the 
pleasures which cluster around the seaside, and he will have a fund 
oi material for thought that will last for months. 

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Rockaway Beach is about 26 miles from New York City by land 
and 30 by water. It has been a favorite resort of New Yorkers for 
the past fifty years, and is a narrow strip of sand seperating Jamaica 
Bay from the AtLantic Ocean. By takmg one of the excursion steam- 
ers a grand view of the harbor and bay of this city is obtained.— 
Steaming slowly around the city with its network of mast and spar 
passmg the many vessels cruising in the bay, Governor's Island is 
passed, and a view of Castle William and its other defences obtained- 
past the Atlantic Docks at Brooklyn, along the shore to Bay Ridge' 
where the pier and depot of the New York and Manhattan Beach 
Railway are located; thence down through the Narrows, with the 
grey walls of Fort Hamilton on the left side and Fort Wadsworth on 
the other, and above the latter the green walls of the earthworks 
called Fort Tomkins; in under the empty port-holes of the ruined Ft. 
Lafayette, and out into the lower bay. Over to the right lies the low 
line of Sandy Hook, and nearer, the Illinois, a dismantled hulk.— 
Coney Island soon comes in sight on the left, and the whole length of 
the Island from Norton's Point is passed in review. The new Co- 
ney Island pier, with its long reach of 1,000 feet of spider-like tubu" 
lar colums, surmounted by several pavilions, and the various and 
numberless airy structures on the sand, are followed nearly to Man- 
hattan Beach, and can be seen plainly and an excellent idea of the 
general outlines of the beach obtained. From that point the steam- 
er hauls out. and, passing through the channel in the Coney Island 
bar, on which the surf breaks heavily, and running in under the 
shore of Barren Island lands at the pier at Rockaway. 

When James Remsen, the shrewd and affable "Uncle Jim" of 
Jamaica, bought this point, four miles in length and ranging from 
one-quarter to three-quarter miles wide, for $545,oo twenty-one years 
ago, there were but three shanties upon it. At that time a few flat 
bottom boats, earring hay from Meadow Island in the bay, were the 
only indications of moving life upon the water. 

The mammoth new hotel is the chief attraction at Rockaway 
this season. It is the largest seaside hotel in the world, and is 

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Wholesale & Retail Dealer in 


Carpet, Oil Cloth and Bedding, 

ITo. 40 and 42 Myrtle Aveziue, 

Corner of Pearl St., BROOKLYN, L. I. 

Goods Retailed at Wholesale Prices. 

Estimates for Furnishing Hotels •& Cottages a Specialty. 

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unique in all its appointments. Its length is 1,130 feet, the average 
depth 70 feet, and the height is from six to seven stories. The first 
floor contains large rooms for restaurants for the especial accommo- 
dation of transient visitors. The entire upper portion of the building 
is arranged for the accommodation of permanent visitors and board- 
ers. There are four elevators in the hotel. The central tower rises 


to a height of 153 feet. It contains 1,200 rooms, and the large din- 
ing-room, the ceiling of which is 26 feet high, is capable of serving 
6,000 persons with meals simultaneously. The hotel is surrounded 
with made ground, soded, and laid out in flower beds. The land 
purchased by the company comprises nearly two thousand acres. — 
A music pavilion in front is to be occupied by a military band. 

Bathing houses are located on both sides of the hotel and the 
neck of land. On the seaside there are 3,000. all provided with 
fresh water; a covered way for bathers will be under the grand pa- 
vilion, near the beach, so that they can avoid the annoyance of be- 
ing gazed at by a large crowd until they have plunged into the surf. 
The electric lights are to illuminate the beach, the Grand Hotel and 
and other buildings. An iron pier 1,200 feet long has been erected 
on the ocean side, and a line of steamers lands passengers at that 
point. The trip occupies about an hour and a-half. Excursionists 
taking their own lunch baskets will find ample table accommodations 
and the trip, with a clam dinner, etc., at one of the minor hotels, 
may be made for from $1,50 to $2,00 for each person. 

Rockaway is accessible, via, WOODHAVEN & ROCKAWAY 
R. R., which leaves Hunter's Point, L. I. City about every hour 
from 6,10 a. m. to 9,30 p. m. Hunter's Point Depot is reached from 
ferries foot of James Slip, 7th St., and 34th St., E. R. 

Trains also leave the Depot at Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn from 9 
a. m. to 9 p. m. Cars from Fulton and Catherine Ferries run direct 
to the depot. Rockaway is also reached by boats every hour from 
Pier foot of 22nd St., and Pier 6, N. R., and Jewell's wharf, Brook- 
lyn. Excursion fare, by boat or rail, 50 Cents. 

A marine railway is to be built this season by the Rockaway 
Transit Co. It is to start from the big hotel and run along the wa- 
ter's edge, on bay side, to Block House Point; returning on the surf 
side to the place of starting. 

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Thb Most Popular Seaside Resort in the World. 

Coney Island, as mentioned above, is the most popular Sea Side 
Resort in the world, and is unique in its appearance, its patronage 
and its history. The Island is the extreme western end of a great 
out-lying sand bar, broken by inlets, which extends along the south- 
ern coast of Long Inland for nearly ninety miles. Coney Island is a 
part of the town of Gravesend, and is seperated from the shore on 
the west by Sheeps Head Bay, and Coney Island Creek on the 
north; runs to a point on the east, and has the broad Atlantic for its 
southern boundry. 

The distance from the Battery to the Pier at the extreme west 
end is about 8^ miles Previous to 1875 this fine stretch of beach, 
five miles long, with its splendid surf, and its unequalled location in 
point of accessibility from New York, Brooklyn and other adjacent 
cities, was little more than a barren waste of sand. At the west end 
of the island was a small hotel, and two steamboats made daily trips 
to that point. At the terminus of the old Coney Island road from 
Brooklyn stood a hostelry to which the residents of that city occasion- 
ally drove down in the afternoon. The boats and the beach, how- 
ever, were little patronized by the better classes, owing to the diffi- 
culty of reaching the island and the reputation for disorder which it 
obtained through various causes. At that time a single horse-car 
line from Fulton Ferry and a steam line from an almost inaccessible 
part of Brooklyn near Greenwood Cemetery furnished the means ol 
of reaching a location desirable only from its natural advantages. — 
In 1874 a steam road from 20th st., Brooklyn, was built by an enter- 
prising capitalist to what is now known as West Brighton Beach, 
and a large pavilion and restaurant ware opened at its terminus. — 
The result proved that the enterprise necessary to afford a convenient 
means of reaching the island was all that was necessary to secure for 
the place the position to which its splendid natural advantages en- 
titled it, as the most popular watering-place in this country. At the 
present time eight steam railways, one line of street cars, and tuQft 

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Etiropeaii Elan, 

No. 84. 86, 88 & 90 Chatham St, 
New York. 

JI^^Rooms by the Day or Week.°®li 

Rooms 50c, 75c and $i,oo a Night. 

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linesofsteamboats, capable of carrying at least 150,000 persons to 
and from the beach daily, are in active operation between New York 
Brooklyn, Jersey City, Newark and the various sections of the Island ' 
for the Island has been latterly subdivided into fout sections, Sever- 
al beautiful drives have been laid out and graded, the finest running 
from Prospect Park to the sea shore. It is five or six miles Ion-, 200 
feet wide, and has a series of ornamental parks in the center making 
a double roadway, and commands a splendid view of the Atlantic 

The dozen or less pavilions of the former period have increased 
to over fifty, and the two hotels, accomodating less than a hundred 
guests at a time, have been replaced by ten times that number, three 
of which are unequalled by any sea beach hotel in the world- many 
of the others being equal to the average of those at Long Branch and 
Cape May, and at any of which all the luxuries of the season are at 
all hours, to be found. At least three thousand persons can be lodged 
over night, in large and airy rooms, elegantly furnished. Seven hun- 
dred guests may be lodged at the Manhattan Beach Hotel, and six 
hundred at the Oriental, an adjunct of the former. Five thousand 
bath houses line the beach from end to end. Still water as well as 
as surf bathing is furnished to invalids at some of them. From an 
observatory, three hundred feet above the level of the sea, on West 
Brighton Beach, magnificent ocean and inland views, as far as the 
human eye aided by every form of human invention can reach, re- 
veal the marvelous extent of the metropolis and its suburban cities, 
anddisplay, as a panorama, the going and coming argosies of the 
chief seaport of America. 


One of the most striking features of the Island is the great Iron 
Pier, which runs out into the ocean from West Brighton Beach for a 
distance of 1500 feet. This remarkable structure was erected in the 
summer of 1879. The adoption of this system of hollow iron piles 
for the foundation of the Pier proved a complete protection against 
the action of wind and waves. 

The visitor coiuumnds, from the extreme end of the upper prom- 

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No. 91 South Street, 

Opposite Fulton Ferry, NEW YORK. 

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anade, a magnificent view of the whole extent of the beach, while he 
listens to the strains of a first class Band, engaged for the season, and 
and finds himself surrounded by the comforts of a first class hote\i 
The dimentions of the Pier are; 
Length of iron wall, - - - 1,040 ft. 

'• of Pier over all, - . - 1,500 ft* 

1 lei'.-ht, first deck 12 leet above above high water, 2nd 

deck, 24 feet, and height of top ot building - 104 ft. 

The width ranging from 52 to 535 feet, the depth of water at 
the pier head is 20 feet. There are on the pier, a first class restau- 
rant and bar-room. The bathing houses are 1200 in number and 
each bather has use of a seperate compartment in a huge iron safe for 
the safe keeping of his valuables. The price of admission to the 
Pier is 10 cents, or 25 cents including the bathing privilege. 


The projected pier, of which a great deal has been said, is to be 
erected just east of the present one, for the accomodation of the iron 
steamboats of which so much has been written. It will be several 
hundred feet longer than the old pier, and cannot fail to obstruct the 
view, which was one of the features of the pier last year. It is to be 
fitted up with bathing houses and all the appointments of a first class 
class resort. The west-end people expect great results from this im- 
provement, and claim that much of the travel which went last year 
by the railroads to the eastern hotels will now be monopolized by 
the boats of the two piers. How this will advantage the west end it 
is difficult to tell unless some provision is made for serving good 
meals, such as are served at the great hotels. 


Although the West End of Coney Island, as the part of the 
beach from West Brighton to Norton's Dock is now called, was first 
settled it is the least improved. The beach is covered with the refuse 
thrown up by the tides, and the surface of the island is covered with 
irregular hummocks of fine white sand and an occasional growth of 
"beach-grass and laurel. There is no road or drive, and passage 


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25 A 27 Peck Slip, 

lTeT?7' T'ork. 


The Monks of Grande Chartreuse. 

Messrs. J. Denis, Hy. Mounie & Co., Cognac. 

Boll & Co., Reims. Blankenheym & Nolet, Rotterdam 
Schroder, Schyler & Co., Bordeaux. 

Peridier P*reres, Cette. Union Club Whiskies. 
A. RousTEAX, Saumur. 

Jos. & Jno. Vickers, London. 

The Mission San Gabriel, Cal. 

St. Onier Hotels 

Nos. 384 and 386 SIXTH AVENUE, 

Near 23d St., Adjoining Masonic Temple, NEW YORK. 

Cars to and from Railroad Depots, Steamboat and Ferry Landings, 
Places of Interest, and all other sections of the City 
pass the door of this Hotel. 


The Spacious Restaurant lor Ladies and Gentlemen is open 
from 6 a. m. to 12 p. m. 

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throughout its length is to be had only by Culver's railroad from 
West Brighton. 

The attractions of the West End are only at its extreme west 
point, where Norton's Hotel is located. This is the oldest place on 
the Island, but is in good repair and fairly kept by Messrs. Norton 
and Murray, There are 700 bath houses attached to the hotel near 

The hotels between Norton's and West Brighton are those 
known as West End Bath, a mere pavilion, Point Comfort House 
Rosedale Half-way House, Windsor Hotel, all small: Bay View, 
Bath Bay, Occidental, West End Pavilion, neither large nor attrac- 
tive; Tilyou's, which is the quitest family bathing-place on this end 
of the Beach, Sea View, Tivoli, Sea Side, Feltman's and Leopold's. 


(The Island's Center.) 

This portion of the Island for years was known as "Cable's.** 
Fronting the ocean is the large hotel with a broad piazza covered 
with dining-tables. Vanderveer's is the old resort for driving parties 
from Brooklyn. The Grand Union is in the rear of Vanderveer's. — 
Bauer's West Brighton Hotel, having numerous rooms and an im- 
mense restaurant. Conterno's Band of forty pieces gives concerts dai- 
ly. Near the pier is the Sea Beach Hotel, (this structure was the 
U. S. Gov't, building at the Centennial Exhibition. Connected with 
it is the depot for the N. Y. and Sea Beach road. Bathing pavilions 
are numerous. The Concourse virhich leads to Brighton Beach on 
the east is a wide drive and promenade about a half mile long, and 
Park wagons are continually traversing its length. It is maintained 
by the city of Brooklyn, and no buildings are allowed between it and 
the ocean. The drive is a pleasant one. An elevated railroad from 
the Ocean Parkway, about halt way between Brighton and West 
Brighton, will run to Locust Grove and connect with boats at that 
point to and from New York. 


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The attractions of West Brighton Beach are a broad plaza, with 
large fountains of pure drinking water brought brought from Brook- 
lyn; a Camera obscura, from wliich all parts of the Island can be 
seen in minature moving pictures; an observatory 300 feet above sea 
level ; several restaurants and ample accomodations for bathing, The 
aquarium and a variety theatre, and the beautiful drive and prome- 
nade known as the concourse are near. Frash & Go's Wine Pa- 
vilion, where Champagne can be had on draught at 10 cents per 
glass, is a great attraction. The Grand Plaza in front of the depot is 
brilliantly lighted every night by electric lights of 25,000 candle 
power. Afternoon and evening concerts are given at all the hotels 
and on the Pier. 


This hotel has an ocean frontage of 525 feet, the beach proper 
having only a frontage of 600 feet. The ground floor is open to 
transient guests, the second and third being reserved for permanent 
ones; the rooms are large and well ventilated and are elegantly fur- 
nished. Piazzas extend around the entire building on the first and 
second floors, and in all the rooms fronting on these piazzas there is 
gas and running water. There will be, as usual, this summer, dis. 
plays of Fireworks, monster concerts and ""toots" on Levy's cornet 
at $500 per week. The hotel is very large and admirably adapted 
to meet the wants of the multitudes that throng it. The bathing pa- 
vilion, which is near by, has been entirely remodled and improved. 
There are pic-nic platforms and countless attractions of a general 
sea-side character. There is a marine railway, running on the beach 
from Brighton to Manhattan about every ten minutes, the fare being 
five cents. 


The largest tract of beach under the control of a single compa- 
ny, is the Manhattan. It is at the extreme end of the Island, begin- 
ning at Sheeps Head Bay and embraces 500 acres, with a sea front 
of over 2% miles, and is the largest single ocean estate in the world. 
The hotel has a front of 600 feet, and is within 400 feet of the ocean. 

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It has 400 rooms, all large and airy, handsomely furnished in East- 
lake style of furniture and Axminster carpets. There are numerous 
small dining-rooms and three large. Four thousand persons can 
dine at one time in these various dining-rooms ; and thirty thousand 
persons can be fed daily. One thousand servants are employed in 
the hotel, and the service and cuisine are unsurpassed by any hotel 
in this country. Broad piazzas extend the full length of the hotel, 
overlooking a wide plaza extending nearly to the waters edge. The 
hotel is three and four stories in height. Permanent guests have 
parlors, chambers, and dining-rooms apart from merely transient 
visitors who are not permitted on the upper floors. The hotel has 
been leased to Capt. McKinney and Major Buanap, of the Grand 
Central Hotel, N. Y. City, The attractions on Manhattan Beach 
will be the same this year as last. 

Coney Island Jockey Club. — Organized 1879, has a fine club- 
house at Manhattan Beach and a mile track at Sheepshead Bay. A 
handsome facade at the entrance, a commodioils grand stand, judges' 
stand, and other buildings, in the Queen Anne style, were erected 
this season {1880). There are meetings from June to September, and 
trains run via Manhattan Beach at those times on the Manhattan 
Beach R. R. A Grand Pavilion, the lagest and finest on the coast, 
is situated near the Manhattan Beach and Oriental Hotels. It will 
seat 1,500 persons at dining tables. One-half of this space is re- 
served for parties of visitors, who bring their luncheon with them. 
Tables, seats, and waiters are supplied free of charge. Fish dinners 
are served at this pavilion as a specialty. The Bathing Houses are 
the largest in the world. They cost $125,000, and the reception 
parlors, ofhces, etc., are hadsomely furnished and decorated. There 
are 2,700 separate rooms, and 3,000 persons can bathe at one time. 
There is never occasion to wait for a room or suit. The charge is 25 
cents. There is no extra charge for securing valuables; nor any fees 
expected by the waiters. The Amphitheatre is part of the bath pavi- 
lion. It overlooks the bathing grounds, and is not more than two- 
feet from the line of surf. It seats 2,000 persons. Music daily at 
I P.M. to 2.30, from 3.30 P.M. until 4.30, and from 5 P.M. until 6.15 
o'clock. It is tree to bathers; 10 cents admission is charged to others. 
But, ample as the Manhatton Beach was believed to be, the results of 



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the season of 1879 proved that new accommodations had become be- 
come necessary. Accordingly, the Company contracted for 


which lies beyond the Manhattan Beach Hotel. We can go by broad 
planks, past great pavilions and a large turfed enclosure, or by a 
minature train of cars on a baby railway which occupies a modest 
posilion in the rear of the hotel and terminates at the Point Breeze 
station. The Oriental Hotel, like the Manhattan Beach Hotel , is 
under the personal care aud guardianship of the military Captamand 
Major aforesaid. Last year the Oriental, which was always full, 
was conducted on the European plan. This year the proprietors 
have concluded to adhere to the American system solely. The Hotel 
is a marvel of beauty and noted for its convenient arrangements, it 
is 500 feet long and 88 feet deep in the centre, with a corridor 30 
feet wide, it has two L's 160 feet deep. The main dining-room is 60 
X no feet, the L's form a large Court on the bay side, which is beau- 
tifully laid out in lawns, walks, flowers and fountains, and the 
grounds at the front of the Hotel are beautifully laid out. One of 
the greatest attractions of Coney Island in past seasons have been the 
fine displays of fireworks given on the beach, some of the most bril- 
liant and successful of which were from the Excelsior Fireworks 
factory of Messrs. Detwiller & Street, No. 13 Dey street, New York. 
Their Illuminating Meteoric Ballons displaying fireworks m the air 
have formed a splendid feature of all these exhibitions. On the 
night of the Fourth of July there will be an extraordinary exhibition 
of fireworks at Manhatton Beach, the cost of which, it is already 
stated, will be $5,000. It will be diflerent and on a grander scale 
than has ever before been attempted in the country. 

Justly celebrated as one ofthe most popular watering places around 
New York, is annually visited by thousands of people who seeek its 
refreshing breezes and suberb surf bathing. The crowds visiting it 
annually overtax the capacity of its numerous Hotels. The Hotels 
are the New York, Coleman's, United States, Neptune, Grand Hotel, 
Grand Central Pavilion, Mansion House, &c. 

It is situated 22 miles from N. Y. via L. I. R. R. Trains leave 
L. I. City hourly, from 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, from 9.30 
a.m. to 6.30 p.m. « 

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Factory Cor. of 

3Park Ave. c& Clinton St. 

Office, No. 232 Cherry Street, N. Y. 

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The bridge on which the Cioton aqueduct is carried across the 
Harlem River and valley at 175th st. It is 1,460 ft, long and is sup- 
ported by 13 arches resting on solid granite piers, the crown of the 
highest arch being Ii6ft. above the river surface. The water is car- 
ried over the bridge in large cast-iron pipes protected by brick masonry. 
A wide foot-path enables visitors to walk across it and view the fine 
prospect from its top. The bridge can be reached either by train 
from the Grand Central or 30th st. depots by boats to be found on 
the west side of the 3d av. elevated railroad station at 129th st. and 
the landings of the Harlem boats from Peck si. or by the High bridge 
branch of the West side Elevated R. R. train which run from 155th 
street depot every few minutes, fare 5 cents. Thei-e are several 
Hotels and Restaurents on both sides of the river and their scale of 
prices are moderate, accomodation for Family Pic-nic party's can 
also be found and small boats hired for a sail or row on the River. 
A handsome high-service tower and engine-house are located on the 
left or island side of the river. 


This romantic spot on the Hudson, hallowed as the scene of Re- 
volutionary activity and blessed by nature with an environment of 
beauty and picturesqueness quite matching the lauded charms of West 
point or Upper Hudson. At this place begin the Palisades on the 
western shore of the Hudson River. During the Revolutionary War 
is was the site of a fort commanded by General Greene, and which 
fell into the hands of the British; it was evacuated in Nov., 1776, four 
days after the fall of Fort Washington. Fort Lee has been for years 
a popular objective point for excursion parties from New York. Since 
the enormous success attained by similar enterprises at the Coney 
Island Beach, a stock company called the "Fort Lee Park and Steam- 
boat Company" have bought up 40 acres of land, and built a fine 
hotel on the bluft, and a pavilion at the steamboat landing, at a cost 
nenrly $250,000. The hotel is a fine structure, similar to those at 
Coney Island, and is well kept. The restaurant will accommodate 

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2,500 persons at one time, and charming views abound on all sides. 
At the pavilion lunches are sold, and in the front portion of the build- 
ing tables are provided for picnic parties bringmg their own lunch. 
Upon the bluff beyond the hotel is a large and pleasantly shaded 
park ; a band of music discourses popular airs during the afternoon 
and evening. Good boating and still-water bathing to be had The 
place is reached by a line of boats, starting from the foot of Cana^ 
St., N. R., every hour, and on Sundays every y^ hour, and callmg 
at 24th St. and 54th st. piers. Also by a ferry from 125th st. (Man- 
hattanville. The fare for the round trip is only 25 cents. Danc- 
ing and music are among the attractions for this season, and the 
man who used to cook the clams there last year declares that he has 
obtained some new wrinkles about the clam cooking, which will 
delight the lovers of the succulent bivalve. 

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How to got to "Coney Island." 

The Iron Steam Boat Co., will run every hour from Pier foot of 
West 23d St. and Pier i North River; single fare, 35 cents, Excur- 
sion, 50 cents, includmg admission to the Pier. The Iron Steam- 
boat also connect with the Sea Beach Road at Bay Ridge, also for 
Sea Beach Palace. 

Prospect Park & C. I. R. R. — Trains leave Brooklyn Depot, 
from 9th av. & 20th st. about every ^ hour; Excursion fare, 25 cts. ; 
horse cars fi'om Fulton, and Catherine and South ferries connect with 
trains at the depot. 

Horse Cars. — To West Brighton Beach; Excursion fare, from 
City line, 15 cents, via Jay and Smith st. & Hamilton av. cars from 
ferry; cars leave every ^ hour. 

Brighton Beach, Brooklyn & C. I. R. R. Trains leave Flatbush 
av. Depot, Brooklyn, every ^ honr, from 11.34 a.m., to 9.30 p.m. 
Depot reached by horse cars from all Brooklyn Ferries. 

Boat to Coney Island Point — Leaving W. 22d st. 9.30. 12.30 
and 3.30, landing at W. loth st. 10 minutes later, and Franklin st. 
20 minutes later. Single Fare, 15 cents; Excursion, 25 cents. 


New York Trains via Greenpoint. 

The steamer Sylvan Grove leaves the pier foot of Twenty-third st., 
E. R., for the Company's Depot, Greenpoint, connecting with all 
trains for Manhattan Beach as follows: Leave New York — 9.45, 
10.45, 11.45 a.m.; 12.45, i'45» 2.45, 3-45. 5-45. 6.45 P-m. 

The steamer D. R. Martin, running in connection with Elevated 
Railroads at Whitehall Street, connects with trains at Bay Ridge 
for Manhattan Beach as follows: Leave Whitehall street — 9. to,, 
II. 10 a.m.; 12. lo,, 2.10, 3.10, 4.10, 5.10, 6.10, 7.10 p.m. 

Excursion tickets good over either division. 

Drawing Room cars are run with every train ; Seats 25 cents extra 
each way. 

Extra trains will be run over all the lines whenever the travel 

Trains on the Marine Railway will run between Manhattan Beach 
and Brighton every 5 minutes. Fare, 5 cents each way. 

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For many years the most fashionable summer resort in the vicinity 
of New York has been that portion of the strip of sandy beach on the 
Atlantic coast of New Jersey which is backed by a bluff, and lies in 
front of the old village of Long Branch, about 30 miles from New 
York. A series of hotels have been built along the bluff with a fine 
wide and well kept avenue between them and the ocean, until at 
present they extend in close order for nearly 2^ miles. The beach 
below the bluff is given over to bathing-houses, and a few pavilions 
stand on the edge of the bluff. These hotels vary in capacity from 
900 guests at the West End to 100 at some of the smaller houses. In 
order of size, fashion, and merit the principal ones may perhaps be 
placed as follows : West End, Rowland, Ocean, Mansion House, 
United States, and Brighton, and there are a dozen others. The rates 
of board for transient guests range from $3 to $5 per day. Inter- 
spersed along the beach are a number of very elegant private cot- 
tages and some few boarding-houses, the finest being, however, south 
of the West End Hotel. The amusements at "The Branch" are 
bathing in the morning, driving in the afternoon, and dancing in the 
evening. Each of the hotels employ an orchestra to furnish dancing 
and promenade music for the guests. From 4 to 7 p.m. Ocean av. 
is crowded with vehicles, most of them faultlessly appointed, and 
stylish equipages of every possible style, and filled with ladies in 
elaborate toilets. A tubular iron pier has recently been built out 
into the ocean from in front of the Ocean Hotel. A pavilion adjoin- 
ing the pier aflords ample accommodation for picnic parties taking 
their own refreshment. A line of stages runs up and down Ocean 
av., fare, 10 cents. 

It is reached by boat from Pier 14, N. R., to Sandy Hook, thence 
by New Jersey Southern Railroad, fare 90 cents, distance 8 miles, 
time ih. 40m., and by excursion boats from New York York, start- 
ing from Pavilon Pier No. i, and foot of W. 23rd st., hourly, afford- 
ing excursionists one of the finest trips out of J^ew York. 

This place furnishes views difierent from all other seaside resorts. 
It has features peculiar to itself, and one has not seen "all the world 
tintil he sees the sights at Long Branch. 

New York AND Vicinity. ^ 27 


Glen Island is situated in New Rochelle Harbor, Long Island 
Sound. This lovely resort for pleasure seekers, comprising a group 
of five islets, lies within forty minutes of this city and can be reached 
by steamer any hour of the day. The natural beauties of the spot 
might well entitle it to be called the Island of Calypso, with this 
difference — that Mr. John H. Starin, the proprietor, is calling in the 
assistance of art to more fully develope the beauties which nature 
has showered with a lavish hand upon Glen Island. The tens of 
thousands of New Yorkers who last summer sought the cooling sea 
breeze under the shady groves of this favored pleasure ground carry 
in their memories a lively impression of its attractions. 

To those who are subject to "'■Mai d^ Mer,'''' and who fear to 
venture a sail to Long Branch, Coney Island or Rockaway, this Glen 
Island is a Haven of Rest. The sail through Hell Gate and out on 
Long Island Sound, while it cannot match the Hudson River route, 
is sufficiently charming to attract thousands of pleasure seekers. 

Extensive alterations, which are being finished at a cost of $134, 
000, will convert this group of islets into a veritable fairy land. On 
the principal island the grand pavilion has been greatly enlarged and 
embellished. A striking feature near the wharf is the elaborately or- 
namented Chinese cottage, a portion of which has been set apart for 
a cloak and parcel room. On the left is the club house, with its de- 
liciously shaded, cool flowery walks, having at intervals statues of 
merit. Then comes the clam-bake or shore dining hall, open on all 
sides to the ocean air, and around which a new sea wall of about two 
thousand feet has been built. Almost contiguous to this standsthe 
building used for a storehouse, and containing commodious quarters 
for the employees of the place. A short distance from the club house 
on the brink of the sea,, stands a pavilion for musicians, whence the 
waves of harmony will be wafted on zephyr's wings to the remotest 
of the islands' coves. Near by a group of buildings contaming offi- 
ces, stables for the children's ponies and other necessary houses, 
which have been put up with a view to permanency rmd comfort, as 

28 Popular Resorts Around 


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Constantly on Hand, a large assortment of Blank Books, Sta- 
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New York and Vicinity. 29 

well as ornament, stands. Between this group and the conservatory 
is an immense water tank which receives supplies of fresh water 
through a system of large pipes reaching over three thousand feet to 
the mainland. At the distance of a block or two south from the wa- 
terworks is the conservatory, which will send abroad the beautifying 
influence of its fragrant flowers and plants. Here, under the protec- 
tion of an artistically arranged glass roof, the delighted eye wanders 
over a maze of lovliness in form and color, fresh and blooming as 
the hand of nature has fashioned each divinely wrought petal, stem, 
leaf and flower of nearly all latitudes and almost every clime. The 
gorgeous palm, the green blooming agave, the queenly rose, the 
scented heliotrope, the modest violet and the vari formed fuchsia re- 
mind the beholder that such floral gems might only be found in jux- 
taposition on the fairy island reigned over by the adorable Calypso. 


At an appropriate distance from the conservatory, and enveloped 
by the perfumed air which wontons amid its flowers, is the ladies' 
cottage, with an elegantly contrived reception room, having all the 
comforts and conveniences of the visitor's own homes. Toward the 
south from this Swiss cottage is a grand pavilion, with roomy corri- 
dors and airy galleries, where thousands of guests can find coolness 
rest and refreshment. This pavilion has been greatly enlarf^ed since 
last year, and a gracefully constructed tower has become a part of 
it; also a music stand, which will be occupied during the season by 
the whole strength of the Seventy-first Regiment Band. From the 
pavilion the visitor may cross a large rustic bridge to the great bath- 
ing house, which can accomodate 250 bathers at a time. The ad- 
vantages of this place are perfect safety, clear still water, and a white 
sandy bottom. A minute or two's walk north from this brings the 
guest to a bold, rocky prominence, whose top is crowned with a can- 
on of formidable size and large calibre. This antiquated engine of 
war will retain its exalted position, but over it rises a many. stoned 
Chinese pagoda, crowned by a tall flag-staff, and from whose vari- 
ous faces thirty-two bells of various musical tones will give out their 
silver-tongued voices, while the comtemplative visitor may solace 
himself with the aroma of a regalia, read the news of the day or med- 

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itate upon the vicissitudes of human life. The view of Long Island 
Sound from this point, with its hun'dreds of sails in the offing, is one 
of unrivalled beauty. To the east extend the bright waters whose 
dancing waves bear on their bosoms the commerce of this metropolis; 
to the north reach away into the distance the purple hills of Connec- 
ticut, while to the south are seen the Narrows, with its steamers and 
sailing craft gliding to and fro, leaving the picturesque shore of Long 
Island looming with pleasing distinctness above the water line. 

Returning to the mam island the lovers of sport find in a seper- 
ate edifice, to the south of the conservatory, six bowling alleys, a bil- 
liard room and four rifle ranges. On an open space between this hall 
and the pavilion is a circular building surmounted with a flagstaff, 
where the thirsty may obtain refreshments. Not far off, on a level 
spot, are the hobby horses, which delight the little ones and often 
their care-takers as well. From here the children may go to the 
bathing pond, which has been fitted up for their special benefit. — 
Around the west side of the pond is a wide esplanade, and at the 
western extremity of the island wave the umbrageous trees of a shady 
grove for the delectation of private picnickers. It boasts of a lover? . 
lane, where the story of two hearts may be told as of yore. 

To say that the sail up and down the river and the Sound is 
beautiful is merely a trite expression of the reality, In order tlat 
people of limited means may avail themselves of a days pleaaire 
and amusement at Glen Island Mr. Starin has resolved to keep the 
price of the round excursion tickets down to the old figure of forty 
cents. Preperations are being made on a very large scale for the en- 
tertainment of visitors at the popular prices of the best city restau- 
rants. Rowboats and steam launches are on hand at the wharf lor 
those who afiect aquatics. 

The Steamers Thomas Collyer, Laura M. Starin and Sylvan 
Dell will make Ivourly trips to and from the Island, and Jewells 
wharf, Brooklyn; foot of Broome Street and East 33rd Street, N. Y, 

Excusion Fare 40 Cents. 

The city belles will begin to pack their trunks before many 
weeks, and then the young gentlemen will find it necessary to spend 
their Sundays out of town. 




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