Rockaway Beach, Far Rockaway

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Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. It is located on the South Shore of Long Island. The neighborhood is bounded by Arverne to the east and Rockaway Park to the west. It is named for Rockaway Beach, which is the largest urban beach in the United States, stretching for miles along the Rockaway Peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Rockaway Beach was once known as the "Irish Riviera" because of the large Irish American population in the area. According to the 2010 United States Census, the community's total population is more than 13,000 people, making it the third most populated neighborhood on the peninsula.HistoryEarly developmentWhat is now Rockaway Beach was formerly two different villages, Holland and Hammels. In 1857, Michael P. Holland had purchased land and named the area after himself. Soon afterward, Louis Hammel, an immigrant from Germany, bought a tract of land just east of Holland. In 1878, he decided to give portions of his land to the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad in order to build a railroad station for the peninsula. The area around it became collectively known as "Hammels". In 1897, Hammels merged with Holland and became known as the Village of Rockaway Beach. One year later, it was incorporated into the City of Greater New York and became part of the newly formed borough of Queens. However, the neighborhood, along with the eastern communities of Arverne and Far Rockaway, tried to secede from the city several times. In 1915 and 1917, a bill approving the secession passed in the legislature but was vetoed by the mayor at the time, John Purroy Mitchel.
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  • The beach is wide. Not much amenities. I don't want a beach town, but a cup of coffee would have been nice. Public restrooms are available.  more »
  • We had only selected Rockaway Beach after stressful NY evening to turn off city explorations - but then we had but still found time for the real attraction of the Peninsula: the beach. Miles, clean, still partially with lifeguards equipped... even in September for bathing, it was already too chilly, but the sun burned then it violently, 3 hours and we had a red nose away.
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  • Like the Ramones, you, too, can spend the day at Rockaway, and the beach is free! Best to take public transportation, as finding a parking spot, especially on summer weekends, can make you suicidal. T...  more »

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