UDALLS COVE PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
Two views of Little Neck Bay (left and below) painted by Frank Moratz in about 1960. The paintings are owned by an Oregon resident who grew up in Douglaston. The views are from what was then called Parsons Point in Douglaston, near what is now Regatta Place off Bay Street.
In the 19th century the Parsons family lived in Flushing and became prominent there. The family owned an estate at this location in Douglaston, and kept a yacht moored in Little Neck Bay. Parsons Boulevard in Flushing is named for the family. In 1960 the Parsons' Douglaston mansion was still standing near the location depicted in these paintings. There was -- and still is -- a sandy beach here, called Parsons Beach, which was formerly used by local residents for swimming.
Svensson's Boatyard in the 1960s, painted by Ed Trosset.
The boatyard was located at the head of Udalls Cove, in what is now the Virginia Point section of Udalls Cove Park. At high tide there is about 9 feet of water here; at low tide there is only about 1 foot.
Painting by Aurora Gareiss, possibly a view of Udalls Cove. She was an accomplished artist, working mostly in watercolor.
These photos are of two large murals painted in 2019 by students from Middle School 67, the Louis Pasteur School, in Little Neck. The paintings are of the Wetlands Sanctuary; the painting below shows an Egret flying. Both are among a number of murals painted by students at local schools, installed in the pedestrian underpass at the Douglaston Station of the Long Island Railroad.