Talk:Rockaway, Queens

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Rockaway name[edit]

No one refers to the area as Rockaway. It is the Specific area (i.e. Far Rockaway, or Rockaway Park). THere is no place on the map named Rockaway. I believe that Rockaway, New York needs to be merged into The Rockaways, which is similar to The Bronx.

As I am from Rockaway and would never say I am from the Rockaways, it is possible that this could be resolved differently, further there IS a place called Bronx, NY even though people say the bronx. The closest geographical grouping might be just to make it Rockaway Penninsula, which while not a political division is geographical. Dlgoldstein 04:25, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
People from Rockaway say they're from Rockaway. Merging it into "The Rockaways" would be an outsider's description only.
WP:OR. Epicgenius (talk) 17:23, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

"There are less than 50 bungalows left, who live with the increasing threat of urban renewal." I don't believe there is a threat of urban renewal, why bother to "URBAN RENEW" by taking the less than 50 bungalows, when there are miles of oceanfront already cleared of bungalows by the misguided (and incomplete) URBAN RENEWAL of the 1960's? Since when is a bungalow a "who"?

Something Like This...[edit]

Note: The comment about the easternmost portion forming the town of East Rockaway is not correct. (1) East Rockaway is a village in the Town of Hempstead. (2) East Rockaway is several miles from the Rockaway peninsula. (3) The nearest Nassau County communities are Inwood, Lawrence, and Cedarhurst.

Notes belong on the talk page I believe, and then worded to fit with an encyclopedic format...however, I don't know much about this part of New York, so I think I should leave it up to someone else who does know about it to fix it so it will be correct. -WikiFiend90 18:28, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Could any one add the population figures for the entire rockaway (Queens only). From Far rockaway to breezy point. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:09, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Geography vs Common Parlance[edit]

Someone from Woodmere, for example, would not likely say, "I live on the Rockaway Peninsula." But that person would be correct from a geographical standpoint. A close look at a map shows open water affected by tidal action reaching east of Kennedy Airport as far as Valley Stream and north of Long Beach as far as Rockville Center. There is a reason that East Rockaway got its name. It is geographically part of the peninsula. The Five Towns (Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett) are also all on the peninsula. In fact it could be argued that the southern edges of Lynbrook are also part of the peninsula, but I don't want to belabor the point!). Some people believe that Far Rockaway is so named because it is the farthest point east from the tip of the peninsula (Breezy Point). But in fact is was so named because it was the farthest point west from the standpoint of the early settlers coming from Hempstead. (Interestingly, and tellingly, East Rockaway was originally called Near Rockaway.) Past Far Rockaway westward, there was nothing but empty land of sand and salt grass. Over the past two centuries, The Rockaway Peninsula has been built up along its entirety. But the tidal water courses defining its geographical limits have not been filled in.

There is no article describing the Rockaway Peninsula as a geographical entity. Frankly, I don't think there would be enough information to create more than a stub, anyway. Therefore, I think it is worth including a short paragraph in this article to explain this geographical point with a caveat that those living in the "Nassau Rockaways" almost never use this designation. Well, at least not today. An external link in the article (Bellot's History of the Rockaways from 1685 to 1917 talks about the complete peninsula as being the Rockaways. And, as late as the 1970's, there were local phone books called "Nassau & Queens Rockaways" Nassau Rockaways in the front, Queens Rockaways in the back and unified yellow pages in the middle. --@Efrat (talk) 16:45, 10 January 2013 (UTC)