Question: What Neighborhoods Are in the Rockaways?
The Rockaways is the peninsula that juts out from Long Island, New York, separating Jamaica Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The peninsula is in Queens, New York, and adjoins the Five Towns area of Nassau County. It's one peninsula, but it's comprised of several distinct neighborhoods. Can you name them all?
The neighborhoods (and landmarks) of the Rockaways include, from west to east:
- Breezy Point
Aflluent, mostly white, community on far western tip of the Rockways. Much of the formerly summer-only houses have been converted to year-round living. Breezy is as far away from NYC as you can get, but at the same time, the Manhattan skyline is visible on a clear day.
Breezy's twin. Officially, Roxbury has been part of Breezy since the 1960s.
- Fort Tilden
Former Army fort, Tilden is now part of Gateway National Park
- Jacob Riis Park
part of Gateway National Park
Small, upscale neighborhood
- Belle Harbor
class neighborhood. Site of crash of American Airlines Flight 587, on November 12, 2001.
- Rockaway Park and Seaside
Attracts surfers and some summer rentals.
- Rockaway Beach
Former site of Rockaways' Playland, amusement park.
Known for the Averne by the Sea real estate development in the 2000s.
Known for Edgemere Houses and other NYC public housing.
A more secluded, working-class neighborhood of single-family and multi-family houses
- Far Rockaway
Diverse, working-class neighborhood, bordering Nassau County.