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Breezy Point - Queens, New York, Neighborhood Profile

The private beach town at the end of the Rockaways

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Breezy Point

Breezy Point

Photo Credit: © John Roleke

A beach town in NYC? That's Breezy Point. The population of this Irish-American enclave triples during the summer months. Single-family homes predominate in a community that has much in common with beach towns in Nassau County.

Location

Breezy Point is all about location, location. It makes the community what it is a - beach town tucked away in a way-off corner of New York City. Breezy Point is the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula, near the best beaches in Queens. To the north of Breezy Point is the Rockaway Inlet, which leads to Jamaica Bay. Farther north is Brooklyn's Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach. To the south is the Atlantic Ocean. To the east is Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and the Rockaway neighborhoods of Roxbury, Belle Harbor, and Neponsit.

First-time visitors marvel at the houses, former summer-only cottages, that stand elbow-to-elbow on sandy path, accessible only foot and bicycle. They also marvel at the vistas of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn that are easily seen on clear days.

The Breezy Point 9/11 Memorial honors the 29 Breezy Point community members who perished on 9/11.

The Breezy Point Co-op

Breezy is a private community. The Breezy Point Cooperative runs the community, and all residents pay for maintenance, security, and other costs. Residents own their homes and shares in the co-op, but the co-op owns the whole 500-acre neighborhood. Also part of the co-op are the communities of Roxbury and Rockaway Point.

The co-op employs a private security force, and restricts access to owners, residents, and guests. Parking is severely restricted and you risk getting towed without the proper permit. There are three volunteer fire departments in Breezy.

Transportation

To get in and out of Breezy Point is a chore. Drivers can connect to the Belt Parkway by crossing the Marine Parkway Bridge. The closest subway is the terminus of the A subway at Beach 116 Street in Rockaway Park.

During the summer months, a ferry boat runs from Manhattan to nearby Jacob Riis Park Beach.

Neighborhood Basics

  • Queens Library at Seaside, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
  • Parking is only allowed to co-op members. Not a member? Good luck! There is very limited parking for Breezy Point Tip Park on Beach 222nd Street.
  • Post Office - 11325 Beach Channel Dr, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
  • Police Station - 100th Precinct, 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY, 718-318-4200
  • Community Board 14
  • Schools - P.S. 114 in Belle Harbor
  • Zip Code - 11697
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