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The History of Howard Beach by Richard Ranft. Published by the Queens Forum, June 13, 1997.



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The Origins
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The origins of Howard Beach can be traced to three key 19th century ingredients that converged in 1897.
William Howard
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William J. Howard was born in St Paul, Minnesota on October 29, 1857 to Andrew Howard (b. 1828) and Mary Ryan Howard, (b. 1832).
Hawtree Creek
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When William Howard arrived to view the 37 acres of tidal marsh he purchased the local residents in Ramblersville could not suppress a chuckle.
Howard's Goats
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The Leather Manufacturers National Bank also purchased acreage west of Hawtree Creek in 1897.
Hotel Howard
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The following is taken entirely from the Hotel Howard's promotional brochure in 1904.
Inside Hotel
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William Howard's dream had finally been realized. Folks who earlier had laughed now looked upon him with respect and a certain degree of awe.
Hotel Fire
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A brisk northwest wind blew cold across Howard's pier on the Wednesday night of October 24, 1907.
Flynn's Folly
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The support pilings of William Howard's 2000-foot pier are still visible today at low tide, looking south from Frank M. Charles Memorial Park.
Bay Harbour
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By 1908 William Howard owned 137 acres of land west of Hawtree Creek.
Sand Beach
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By 1908 William Howard had filled his marshland and made plans to develop Howard Estates.
Cycle Path
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William Howard also completed the Howard Cycle Path from Aqueduct to his park, paving Hawtree Avenue (99th St.) with Belgian blocks.
Mettco Club
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The Mettco Club building was also erected facing Casino Park in the years before World War I.
Beachfront
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Howard Estates To Fence its Property (From The New York Times, August 20, 1916)
Frank Charles
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Forty-one young men from Howard Beach have lost their lives in military service during the 20th century.


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