Ramblersville, Queens

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Neighborhoods of New York City
Country United States
State New York
County Queens
ZIP code 11414
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917

Ramblersville is a section of greater Howard Beach, in the New York City borough of Queens. Ramblersville is a small neighborhood between Hawtree Creek and JFK Airport, nearly surrounded by waterways leading into nearby Jamaica Bay. It is bordered by on the north by 160th Avenue, on the west by Hawtree Creek, across which is Old Howard Beach; on the east by the New York City Subway's Rockaway Line, beyond which is Bergen Basin and the airport; and on the south by the 102nd Street Creek. Crossing the creek, 102nd Street reaches Hamilton Beach at Russell Street. The size of the neighborhood is about 1,000 feet (300 m) on each side, and it notably lacks the rectangular street grid of the surrounding neighborhoods.

In 2001 the New York Times reported:[1]

[Ramblersville] resembles a cozy fishing village with its pebbled streets and wooden bungalows built on pilings... [T]all grass... surrounds many of its marshy fields...

Ramblersville is purportedly the oldest neighborhood in what later became known as Howard Beach.[2] In Ramblersville today, you may find streets named Broadway, Church and Bridge.

Just north of Ramblersville is 159th Drive, also known as Remsen Place, named after Jeromus Remsen, a Revolutionary War officer. This area, near the current A train station, was known as "Remsen's Landing" at the time.

Before the Howard Beach development was named in 1916, the entire area was commonly known as "Ramblersville", including Hamilton Beach to the south on Jamaica Bay, and Old Howard Beach to the west. The Howard Beach – JFK Airport subway stop was originally the "Ramblersville Station" on the Long Island Rail Road.


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Coordinates: 40°39′13″N 73°49′47″W / 40.65361°N 73.82972°W / 40.65361; -73.82972