Neponsit, Queens

Coordinates: 40°34′19″N 73°51′36″W / 40.572°N 73.86°W / 40.572; -73.86
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Aerial view of Neponsit near Jacob Riis Park
Aerial view of Neponsit near Jacob Riis Park
Location within New York City
Coordinates: 40°34′19″N 73°51′36″W / 40.572°N 73.86°W / 40.572; -73.86
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
County/Borough Queens
Community DistrictQueens 14[1]
Named for"the place between waters"
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes718, 347, 929, and 917

Neponsit is a small affluent neighborhood located on the western half of the Rockaway Peninsula, the southernmost area of the New York City borough of Queens. The area starts at Beach 142nd Street and ends at Beach 149th Street.[2] It borders the neighborhood of Belle Harbor to the east and Jacob Riis Park on the west. Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are the northern and southern borders. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14. As of January 1, 2007, the neighborhood's population reached just over 2,000, making it one of the smallest communities on the peninsula and in the entire borough of Queens.[3]


Neponsit is a Native American name meaning "the place between waters", the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and of Jamaica Bay or Rockaway Inlet.[4]

The present community's character has persisted since it was established. In January 1910, the Neponsit Realty Company purchased the land for the development of an exclusive community. It forbade the construction of any homes that were inexpensive, and the homes were built in order to withstand the beach weather and geography of the narrow peninsula. The entrance to the area was originally marked by a massive ornamental gateway. More recently, a stretch of tree-dotted islands, called "the malls", situated along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was a distinguishing feature. It extended through Belle Harbor. By the 1930s, high quality homes were dominant in Neponsit.[citation needed]

The first transatlantic flight departed from Neponsit on May 8, 1919, when four United States Navy-Curtis model seaplanes took off from what is now Beach Channel Drive in Neponsit to Newfoundland, Canada, the Azores Islands, and Lisbon in Portugal. On May 31, 1919, a single plane piloted by Lt. Commander Albert C. Read arrived in Plymouth, England.[5]

Land use and zoning[edit]

Neponsit is zoned for residential, one-or-two-story single-family homes.[6] Due to this, and its secluded beach location, some homes are mansion-like, and the average market price for properties has approached $1 million, according to Zillow.

In popular culture[edit]

The television show, Rescue Me (FX Network) has regularly filmed in Neponsit using residences to portray the fictional homes of some of the characters, although the article points out that the "story never tells you how a firefighter can afford ... [a] Neponsit home".[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NYC Planning | Community Profiles". New York City Department of City Planning. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Neponsit Home Page Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, The Wave, Rockaway's Local Newspaper, accessed June 10, 2007
  3. ^ Briano, Nicholas (March 21, 2008). "Rockaway Population Popping At Record Pace". The Wave. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2008.
  4. ^ Seyfried, Vincent; Asadorian, William (1999). Old Rockaway, New York, in Early Photographs. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. p. 93. ISBN 0-486-40668-7. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  5. ^ "Neponsit Malls". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "NYC Planning ZoLa". ZoLa. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Schwach, Howard (July 30, 2004). "'Rescue Me' Highlights Rockaway In Premier Episode". The Wave. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2008.