PUSHBUTTON BEACH CLIMBER (Jul, 1956)
PUSHBUTTON BEACH CLIMBER
These Long Islanders live only 200 feet from the beach—by their own funicular railroad.
SLIDING down and climbing up a 200-foot, 45-degree sand bluff is fun for the kiddies but poor sport for the whole family—especially if it’s required activity. Anyway, that’s the way engineer Zvi Gezari felt about the only approach to the Long Island Sound beach near his home. The climb back up was out of keeping with his ideas of summer luxury—especially when he was loaded down with the paraphernalia of sun-and-salt bathing. So he organized his Rocky Point neighbors into a legal body called the High Cliff Beach Corporation; initiation fee: $200, annual dues: $10. With the proceeds he bought some steel rail, an old railroad handcar, some machinery and cable and transformed it all into a small cable car railroad. The lift is a self-service device; you get your group aboard, turn your key in the lock at the bottom, press a button and up you go! Just time for a chorus of funiculi, funicula before the top.