Thanks to Shaul Ceder for sending this link containing an extremely comprehensive account of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917. I found the detail and scope of this work absolutely fascinating. It is presented in the PDF format which will open in Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can download it free of charge.
This work is contained in 109 pages which downloads pretty quickly in the pdf format. I hope that you enjoy it and if you have any comments, please email them to Skip Weinstock at firstname.lastname@example.org
I found a very interesting quote that Alfred Bellot used which seems timeless to all of us who will always have sand in our shoes. Remember, this was written about Rockaway in 1917.
O there are Voices of the Past,
Links of a broken chain,
Wings that can bear me back to Times
Which cannot come again;
Yet God forbid that I should lose
The echoes that remain
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Thanks to Shaul Ceder, a better quality copy of this work can be located at http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924028832941.