2005-12-22 / Little Old Canarsie

Riding The Trolley Loop

John Denton

The trains stopped running straight through to the Canarsie shore and were replaced by a trolley shuttle from Rockaway Parkway station on the same tracks between East 96 St. for a few years. Then the B.R.T. system officials decided to switch the trolleys to run down to Canarsie shore on Rockaway Parkway.

During the 1940's there was a loop alongside the station with a beautiful flower garden in the center of it, which was looked after by Charles Van Houten, an old employee of the railroad from a well known Canarsie family, who kept it very nice.

Many trolleys went in and out of this loop, back and forth to the shore. There were three or four stores. One was a bar and grill occupied by the well-known Frank Dumches, later by Dick Evarts, a retired ice man and when he passed away his popular wife, Marge (nee Staub) ran it. Next to it was the candy and stationery store of Charles Buchan from an old Canarsie family who sold it to the popular Ike and Jerry. Next to them was Lenny the Barber.

The old Canarsie loop, where trolleys made their turnaround on Rockaway Parkway at Glenwood Road, where the terminal station is now.   Canarsie Historical Society/Lee Rosenzweig collectionThe old Canarsie loop, where trolleys made their turnaround on Rockaway Parkway at Glenwood Road, where the terminal station is now. Canarsie Historical Society/Lee Rosenzweig collection When the GreenPoint Bank opened at this spot in the early 50's, Marge Evarts gave up the bar and Ike and Jerry moved next to the bar of Ned Caro and Mazurk. Lenny the Barber moved over to Glenwood Road and East 95th Street until he sold out and retired to Franklin Square, LI. Charles Buchan retired and went to Florida. Ike and Jerry sold out after a couple of years at the new location. Jerry is now deceased. I don't know what I became of Ike.

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