The Rockaway Peninsula, commonly referred to as The Rockaways or Rockaway, is a peninsula that lies at the southernmost point of the New York City borough of Queens, New York. It is essentially far compared to Manhattan and other urban areas in the metropolitan area; Rockaway was a sought-after vacation spot during the early 1830s. It’s since evolved into a mix of middle, lower, and higher-class neighborhoods. In 2010, it became one of the city’s fastest gentrifying neighborhoods.

This peninsula can be divided into nine sections or neighborhoods. From the east and west, they are:

  • Far Rockaway, from the Nassau County line to Beach 32nd Street;
  • Bayswater is located in the northeastern part of east Far Rockaway, along the southern shores of Jamaica Bay
  • Edgemere in the area from Beach 32nd Street to Beach 56th Street;
  • Arverne in the location from Beach 56th Street to Beach 79th Street;
  • Rockaway Beach, from 79th Street to Beach 108th Street; Rockaway Park in Rockaway Park, from Beach 108th Street to Beach 126th Street;
  • Belle Harbor, from Beach 126th Street to Beach 141st Street;
  • Neponsit, Beach 141st Street to Beach 149th Street;
  • Breezy Point, from Beach 149th up to the western tip.

“Rockaway” is a name that has been used for a long time “Rockaway” may have meant “place of sands” in the Munsee language spoken by the Native American Lenape, who resided in the area before European contact at the beginning of the 17th century. Other spellings like Requarkie, Rechouwakie, Rechaweygh, Rechquaakie, and Reckowacky were transliterated into Dutch or English by the early colonists. The native inhabitants of the Rockaways were the Indians of Canarsie, who were a group of Lenape that was known as Reckowacky. Their name was often linked to geography. It was named Reckowacky. Reckowacky is used to differentiate this Rockaway community from similar Mohegan towns. “Reckowacky” means “lonely place” or “place of waters bright.”

In September 1609, Henry Hudson and his crew were the first Europeans who were recorded as seeing Jamaica Bay, the Rockaways, and the Jamaica Bay area. Hudson was trying to locate a Northwest Passage. On September 11th, Hudson sailed into the Upper New York Bay in Queens and the next day began his journey along what is now known as the Hudson River in his honor.

After a partition case in 1808, it was decided that the Cornell property be divided into 46 separate lots 1808. Numerous wealthy New Yorkers formed the Rockaway Association, which brought several of the lots and began developing resorts in the region in 1833. Rockaway was soon a hot spot for hotels with sea views from the 1830s onwards, with the first resort established in Far Rockaway in 1835. Queens Electrician

Parks and Recreations

A large portion of Rockaway Peninsula is located within the Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens, NYC. It is home to the National Park Service operates three sites within the region. Jacob Riis Park is near the western part of the peninsula. It covers around 262 acres (106 ha) west of Beach 149th Street in Neponsit. Fort Tilden is a group of military structures dating back to the past located west of Jacob Riis Park. The final section, Breezy Point Tip, is 200 acres (0.81 km2)) beach that is also a wildlife breeding zone.

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