The beach club opened in the summer of 1911 along a half-mile crescent of sand a few miles south of the Narrows. Named for a stand of trees near its inland boundary, Cedar Grove started out as a modest affair. Those campsites soon gave way to single-story bungalows with screened-in porches facing the sea.

This Memorial Day, A Lost World at Cedar Grove Beach

After the city removed them last year, residents of the Staten Island community won't be celebrating the holiday with burgers and beers outside their beachside bungalows. As this unique way of NYC life fades, a look at its complex—and charming—history.