John Hemmer Archive

Far Rockaway

Born in 1934, John grew up in the town of Edgemere on Far Rockaway Beach in the borough of Queens in New York City where he attended Far Rockaway High School. Living on an isthmus exposed John to outdoor recreation such as swimming and fishing. Its beachside boardwalk featured entertainment and games. John was a subway ride away from Manhattan where he would take in The Great White Way and walk along Swing Street, listening to the jazz pulse from the basement clubs along the strip.

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