Far Rockaway, Queens
|Neighborhoods of New York City|
Far Rockaway street scene
|Named for||Place name of the Native American Lenape.|
|• Median income||$27,820|
|Area code(s)||718, 347, 917|
Far Rockaway is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens in the United States. It is the easternmost section of the Rockaways. The neighborhood starts at the Nassau County line and extends west to Beach 32nd Street. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14. The name "Rockaway" may have meant "place of sands" in the Munsee language of the Native American Lenape. Other spellings include Requarkie, Rechouwakie, Rechaweygh, Rechquaakie and Reckowacky (see: Toponymy of New Netherland).
Far Rockaway is served by the following transportation services:
- The New York City Subway's IND Rockaway Line (A train), which has a terminal at Mott Avenue.
- The Far Rockaway terminal station for the Long Island Rail Road's Far Rockaway Branch. The branch had originally been part of a loop that traveled along the existing route, continuing through the Rockaway Peninsula and heading on a trestle across Jamaica Bay through Queens where it reconnected with other branches. Frequent fires and maintenance problems led the LIRR to abandon the Queens portion of the route, which was acquired by the city to become the IND Rockaway Line.
- MTA Regional Bus Operations: Q22, Q113, Q114, and QM17
- Nassau Inter-County Express: N31, N32, and N33. Unlike other NICE routes in Queens, these buses operate open-door in Far Rockaway, meaning customers can ride these buses wholly within the neighborhood without necessarily going to Nassau County.
- NYC Beach Bus. A shuttle bus between downtown Brooklyn or Williamsburg and the area around Beach 84 and Jacob Riis Park.
The proximity of the location to the beach made it an ideal place for tourists and vacationing people from the other boroughs. Bungalows were the homes of choice for many residents of the community who lived in Far Rockaway. In the 1950s and '60s the Rockaways saw many public housing developments built because the neighborhood's heyday as a resort community ended about 1950. The families that used the nearby Long Island Rail Road to get to the area each summer began to vacation elsewhere as travel by automobile became more accessible to many people. The popularity of the area also suffered after the railroad abandoned the Rockaway Beach Branch in 1950, making travel to the Rockaway Peninsula far less convenient to people from other parts of New York City. Much of the housing in the area was converted into year-round housing for low-income residents, and some of the bungalows were used as public housing. In the 1970s, New York City went through a crippling budget crisis that had a massive negative impact on social services. This decline in service impacted the Far Rockaway community severely.
The Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association was created by Betzie Parker White, Roger White, and Carole Lewis in September 1984. The mission of the organization was to improve the quality of the Far Rockaway community through preservation, education, and cultural programs. Fellow community resident Richard George became a board member in 1985 and became organization chairman in 1990. He continues the mission of the founding members with a special emphasis placed on the preservation of the bungalows “because they are a piece of the city’s history and a reminder of what the Rockaways were.”
The collection was donated to the Queens Library Archives in 2008. The collection contains 11 boxes of materials that highlight the history, correspondence, and activities of the organization devoted to the preservation−but not conservation−of the Far Rockaway bungalows.
Education and library
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The neighborhood, like all of New York City, is served by the New York City Department of Education. Far Rockaway residents are zoned to several different elementary schools:
- P.S. 43
- P.S. 104 The Bayswater School
- P.S. 105 The Bay School
- P.S. 106
- P.S. 197 The Ocean School
- P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott
- P.S. 253
Far Rockaway residents are zoned to I.S. 53 Brian Piccolo.
All New York City residents who wish to attend a public high school must apply to high schools. Far Rockaway High School was located in Far Rockaway, but was shut down in 2011. Beach Channel High School is near Far Rockaway.
Church of God Christian Academy is a K–12 co-ed school, located on Central Avenue.
Nikitas Language Abroad Schools, a series of language schools, is also located in Far Rockaway.
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Schools (past and present)
- Chaim Berlin High School
- Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR)
- Mesivta Chaim Shlomo
- Bnois Bais Yaacov
- Tichon Meir Moshe
- Sh'or Yoshuv Institute of Jewish Studies
- Siach Yitzchok Elementary School for Boys
- Torah Academy for Girls
- Yeshiva Darchei Torah
- Yeshiva of Far Rockaway
- The Hebrew Institute of Long Island
- Yeshiva Bnei Torah
Synagogues (past and present)
- Agudath Israel of Long Island
- Agudath Israel of Rockaway
- Agudath Israel of West Lawrence
- Bayswater Jewish Center
- Beis Medrash Ateres Yisroel (Rabbi Avraham Blumenkranz)
- Bnos Israel Institute (Rabbi Shmelke Rubin)
- Congregation Kneseth Israel in Far Rockaway
- Congregation Shaarey Tefila
- Congregation Shaarey Zedek
- Congregation Shomrai Shabbos
- Young Israel of Far Rockaway
- Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater
- Richard Bey (born 1951), talk show host.
- Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925-2011), 1942 graduate of Far Rockaway High School; won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1976.
- Joyce Brothers (1925-2013), family psychologist and advice columnist 
- Chinx Drugz Rapper, Riot Squad, Coke Boys
- LeRoy Ellis American Basketball player
- Father MC - Rap hip-hop artist in the 1990s.
- Morton Feldman (1926–1987), American modernist composer.
- Richard Feynman (1918–1988), physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
- Carl Icahn (born 1936), businessman.
- Stubby Kaye (1918–1997, born Bernard Sholm Kotzin), comic actor.
- Alan M. Kriegsman (1928-2012) Born in Brooklyn, but raised in Far Rockaway; graduated from Far Rockaway High School; won Pulitzer Prize in Criticism (1976), the first and thus far (2010) only such Prize awarded for writings on the art of dance.
- Nancy Lieberman (born 1958), women's basketball pioneer.
- Emil Lucev, Brooklyn historian.
- Steve Madden (born 1958), shoe designer and former CEO of Steve Madden Ltd.
- Alice Nielsen (1872–1943), Broadway performer and operatic soprano 
- Phil Ochs (1940–1976), folk-protest singer (resided here for a period during childhood; also died at his sister's home here).
- Robyn Ochs (born 1958), bisexual and marriage equality activist
- Ryan Pearson Euro League Basketball Player
- Kelly Price (born 1973), R & B singer
- Rammellzee (1960–2010), rap pioneer.
- Burton Richter (born 1931), 1948 graduate of Far Rockaway High School; won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976.
- Russell Sage (1816–1906), railroad tycoon whose legacy is the First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway.
- MC Serch (born 1967 as Michael Berrin), former member of the hip hop group 3rd Bass.
- Raymond Smullyan (born 1919), mathematician.
- Sonaro music producer
- Steve Stevens (born 1959 as Steve Schneider) Grammy Award winning guitarist for UK rocker Billy Idol.
- Herbert Sturhahn (1902-1979), football player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
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- Also, see Metoac#Exonyms.
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- We Love Our Nielsen (Pat McNamara. January 9, 2009)
- Tomasson, Robert E. "Phil Ochs a Suicide at 35; Singer of Peace Movement", The New York Times, April 10, 1976. Accessed July 24, 2008.
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- Jackson, Brian Keith. "Ice, Ice Babies: Reality-TV show tries to create the next Eminem.", New York (magazine), December 31, 2006. Accessed November 23, 2007. "I grew up in Far Rockaway, and you’d always see shoes on the line."
- Raymond M Smullyan, University of St Andrews School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Accessed June 11, 2007. "Raymond Smullyan, known as Ray, was brought up in Far Rockaway in New York City."
- Herbert "Cobbles" Sturhahn, College Football Hall of Fame. Accessed August 13, 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Far Rockaway, Queens.|
- Old Rockaway, New York, in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried, William Asadorian
- Far Rockaway: Abandoned Bungalows a 2009 photo essay by Nathan Kensinger
- Forgotten New York: Far Rockaway