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My parents who were born in 1911 grew up in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn and spent a lot of summer days at Coney Island. I just found a great photo album of my mother’s and am curious about a few pictures. I am not sure, but am thinking they are all taken at Coney Island. I am wondering where they were taken, esp. img 136 which is of my uncle in front of what looked like bath cabins with a #44 on the top. The photo that is identified as img065 indicates that one is taken near “Ocean Tide Baths.” Is there any info you could provide about those particular baths?

THANK YOU so much for what you do! I greatly appreciate being able to ask you these questions as part of my ongoing genealogy search.

Anne Merritt

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Hello Anne,

Most of your photos were taken prior to 1920 at Heney and McCotters Ocean Tide Baths, located at West 35th Street and Surf Avenue at the West End of Coney Island. Ocean Tide had a private boardwalk and was one of the bathhouse bungalow colonies that sprang up along the beach in the late 1890s. Next door was Jefferson Baths, Sea Gate Villa, and Carlton Court. Some of these businesses operated into the 1970s. They were summer bungalows, rented for the season, but also had lockers for beach-goers that could be rented on a daily basis. The area around 35th Street was heavily Irish and had a number of great bars and restaurants.

I’ll post more info later.
I’m including a 1918 photo of Ocean Tide.
Hope this helps.

ocean_tide_baths

4 Responses to “Ocean Tide Baths”
  1. Michael Quinn Says:

    Mr. Coney Island,

    My father, also from Park Slope and of Irish heritage would frequent Ocean Tide Baths. Anne, my grandfather would have been around the same age as your parents. Evidently, Ocean Tide was a popular destination for families who lived in the Park Slope/Windsor Terrace area of Brooklyn. My father recalls a place called Mc Mahon’s Bar and still raves about the legendary sandwiches at Mary’s Sandwich Shop which was located across from Ocean Tide. I would love to get my hands on some pictures from that time period. Interesting post.

    Best,
    Michael Quinn

  2. frank sisino Says:

    west 36st across from marie’s sandwitch shop……ps i lived on surf & 36st—–in the 50′s

  3. frank sisino Says:

    ocean tide was on w.36st. across from marie’s sandwitch shop.

  4. Tom Ryan Says:

    I used to go to Ocean Tide Bath in the late 50′s to early 60′s. It was great, you had the choice of the beach or the Saltwater pool. When we got Hungry we all went to Mary’s sandwich shop across the street for a Hero and a quart of choclate milk.

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