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Howard Beach is, true to its name, a residential maritime town.Read more about Howard Beach
A small, middle class neighborhood in southwestern Queens, Howard Beach borders Jamaica Bay to the south, Spring Creek Park to the west, John F. Kennedy International Airport to the east, and Belt Pkwy/Ozone Park to the north. It is one of a few neighborhoods in Queens within short driving distance from JFK Airport.
In the late 19th century Howard Beach was developed by a Brooklyn-based glove manufacturer named William Howard, who owned a goat farm near the Aqueduct racetrack. The town was a natural extension of the farm, and began with only 18 cottages near the water. A hotel followed shortly after, and eventually Howard formed his own development company. Back in 1914, each of the 35 houses along the beach cost $2,500 to $5,000.
Howard Beach truly earned its “beach town” name in 1915, when a casino and beach were added to the shoreline. After WWII, many Cape-Cod and High-Ranch style houses were built in nearby Cross Bay. Today this area is known as New Howard Beach. The development company expanded further north with a large section of two-story red brick garden apartments in modern-day Lindenwood. Howard Beach continues to undergo high-value development with the emergence of many “mini mansions”, and is an increasingly popular seaside residential community in Queens. It is known for a very strong Italian-American community.
Cross Bay Blvd is the main commercial strip with many big-name franchise restaurants and outlets. The beachfront has become less commercial in recent years (compared to its casino heydays), but is still a big attraction as well. Popular restaurants in the neighborhood include Lenny’s Clam Bar, Saffron (Mediterranean), Vetro by Russo’s, and Prima Pasta & Cafe.
There are 5 primary/secondary schools in the neighborhood, but most high schools are in nearby Ozone Park or Rockaway Park.
Howard Beach was formerly a Long Island Rail Road stop, but service was discontinued in the 1950s. The Howard Beach -- JFK Airport station, however, is still a nexus for the A train and the AirTrain to JFK Airport. Bus service is available via the Q11, Q21, Q41, Q52, and Q53 Limited. Major roads include the Belt Pkwy (which is the northern boundary of the neighborhood), and the Cross Bay Blvd (which becomes Woodhaven Blvd past Ozone Park).