During the early 1900’s a huge and famous restaurant in Tottenville was on Surf Ave. Despite its name, it started not as a gambling casino. The Tottenville Casino provided music and dancing and became Tottenville Beach’s center of social activity.
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As for hotels, called the “Palaces of the Public,” Tottenville was well known during the time and offered a variety of choices. These palaces offered indoor running water, something that earned them that name. While today “indoor running water” is everywhere, back then having it was the height of luxury.
In the early 1900’s, Amboy Road and Broadway (now known as Arthur Kill Road) were the only two streets paved with stone, so that’s where most of the hotels were. A few of the many hotels in Tottenville were the Aquehonga Hotel, Morton House, Old Ferry Hotel, Tottenville Ferry Hotel, Tottenville Hotel, and West End Hotel.
Main Street may not have had the paved stone street, but did have proximity to the Perth Amboy Ferry, so six hotels lined that street: John Boss’s, William O’Brien’s, William Carpenter’s, Bloom’s, Porter’s, and Streeter’s.
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