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Far Rockaway is a working class neighborhood on the Queens County/Nassau County divide, and the starting point of the Rockaway Peninsula, which has an opposite terminus in Breezy Point south of Brooklyn proper.Read more about Far Rockaway
Far Rockaway affords easy connections to Atlantic Beach and Long Beach, as well as John F. Kennedy airport and the rest of Queens via the Nassau Expy. It borders Inwood to the north, Bayswater to the east, Atlantic Beach to the south, and Lawrence to the northwest.
With the development of the Rockaway Beach area via the Long Island Rail Road (whose Rockaway lines have since been bought by the MTA and turned into above-ground A and S lines), and the construction of the Cross Bay Bridge to Queens and the Marine Pkwy Bridge to Brooklyn, the entire Rockaway Peninsula was opened up to residential possibilities by the mid 20th century. This actually had unexpected effects on the area’s economy - the lack of exclusivity and the increased perception of the Rockaways as a commuter-friendly area shifted the demographic towards working class and away from upper middle class.
Today Far Rockaway is 30% white, 50% black, and 25% Hispanic, according to recent Census Data, making it slightly more diverse than nearby Rockaway Beach. Unlike Rockaway Beach and the rest of the neighborhoods on the isthmus, Far Rockaway is larger and potentially more convenient, depending on who you ask. Nassau County and the rest of Long Island, as well as most of southern and eastern Queens, are more readily accessible from Far Rockaway, but Manhattan and Brooklyn are farther away (compared to other neighborhoods on the peninsula). Popular restaurants in the area include Tacos Y Mas, Gino’s Pizza, Molly’s Fish Market, and Mi Mundo. Aloha NYC Surf School is also a regular summer draw.
The Rockaways were once a decadent summer vacation spot for New Yorkers, and a few remaining bungalows along the beachfront bear witness to a more resort-like time. Now, the bungalows are being torn down for new developments in an effort to revitalize the area’s economy.
There are seven public elementary schools that serve the community, as well as one intermediate school. Students at the high school level must apply to schools, as there are no zone high schools on the Rockaways. Famous residents of Far Rockaway include Father MC, Richard Feynman, Steve Madden, Kelly Price, and Russell Sage.
Transportation to Far Rockaway is available via the A train’s Mott Ave terminus and at the Far Rockaway Long Island Rail Road station. The Q22, Q113, and QM17 express to Manhattan operate in the area. The N31, N32, and N33 buses run to Nassau. The NYC Beach Bus also shuttles between Williamsburg and Beach 84.