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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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  • Great beach getaway that is closest to NYC. It is good because you dot need to go too far. Slide on the A train and you be there in less than an hour 
  • After major repairs and renovations the rockaway boardwalk is a perfect place to take a walk and enjoy the sea. New play areas and sprinklers make this a wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon 
  • First time at this beach but we had so much fun. The waves are huge at this beach. I disliked all the seagulls hovering around watching us eat. Very nice and quiet crowd in the area where we were loca...  more »