Rockwood Park, Queens
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Rockwood Park is a neighborhood in Howard Beach, in the New York City borough of Queens on the west side of Cross Bay Boulevard. It mainly consists of single family homes and is considered to be a more upper class section of Howard Beach. It is part of what is commonly referred to as "New Howard" by many residents. The area is situated between 79th and 92nd Streets (these are north-south streets) and 156th and 164th Avenues (the east-west streets). The Q41 bus line serves Rockwood Park. To the west of 79th street, the last street in the neighborhood, lies the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in which lies the border between Brooklyn and Queens.
The area remained primarily undeveloped during the first half of the 1900s. After the Second World War marsh land west of Cross Bay Blvd was filled in, which led to the building of many Cape Cod-style houses in the area, followed later on in the 1960s and 70s by high ranch-style houses. Becoming known as a more upscale section of Howard Beach led the area to become the home of many known mob figures, most notably Gambino crime family boss John Gotti who lived on 85th Street. Starting in the late 1980s and into the 90s and 2000s Rockwood Park began to go through another building boom. Many of the area's old Cape Cod-style houses were demolished and replaced with upscale million dollar mini-mansions.
Another famous resident was folk singer Woody Guthrie, who lived at 159-13 85th St. with his family after moving from Coney Island.
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