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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  • August 7, 2017
    This is an easy trip for those staying in Manhattan and so worth it if you can tear yourself away from the city streets. Beautiful long clean beaches and free - unlike other parts of the USA. Join in ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    If you have the idea of going disorient you at the edge of l ocean and well detrompez you certainly beaches are large but crowded with each family using his music to background brief to do so really but then really you have me time
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  • August 1, 2017
    My wife and I scouted this out in advance before bringing the teens from the hotel. It is just a beach and not much more - nothing except some sports facilities. On a Monday morning looked like a ghos...  more »

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