About the Book
An interesting and informative salute to Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City — with special emphasis on the suburbs of Edgemere and Arverne. With over 165 color and black & white images covering a period of more than one-hundred years, the author pays tribute to the three eastern villages of the Rockaway peninsula. The book is dedicated to those who attended the local neighborhood high school — in operation since November of 1897. Due to the changing nature of educational needs and practices the institution ceased operations on June 30th of 2011. The facility is now home to a variety of Charter Schools. This book is a collection of memories from a variety of sources and for those who lived in the area, attended the schools, or worked there, this is a must-read publication which should enjoy a featured place on your bookshelf.
Michael D. Morgenstern (BBA, MA, MS in Ed.) lived and worked in the area during four decades. He attended primary schools in Far Rockaway, Edgemere, and Arverne and is a graduate of Far Rockaway High School. After completing several years of employment with the Ford Motor Company in Manhattan he accepted assignment to Far Rockaway High School after rescinding prior appointments to both New Utrecht and Erasmus Hall. Having taken and passed New York City Board-of-Education licensing exams and receiving his credentials at the age of nineteen he addressed his first classes as a fully certified teacher even before reaching the age of twenty-one. During his tenure at the high school he served in various capacities including: Director of Vocational Guidance, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Admissions Staff Leader, Instructor of Special Education, School Treasurer, Supervisor of Business Subjects, and Assistant Principal. For many years he also taught adult-evening education courses at