“Taking a sun bath at Rockaway Park”

Coney Island gets all the love, but lets not forget New York City’s other major seaside destination.

Rockaway Park was once called “New York’s Playground” for its amusement park and then the “Irish Riviera” thanks to the large number of Irish-Americans who flocked there for summer vacation and as a place to live year-round. There’s still a big Irish presence here; 36 percent of the population is of Irish descent, according to the 2000 census.

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3 Responses to ““Taking a sun bath at Rockaway Park””

  1. DK Says:

    Rockaway Park is NYC’s best kept secret! I moved from the UWS of Manhattan there on Saturday, and find it nicer than hoped for. I look forward to my new lifestyle, living on the beach.

  2. Marin Alvarez Says:

    My family “discovered” Far Rockaway in the summer of 1965. We fell in love with it and became steady summer renters until 1984 when I bought my own bungalow. Every time I step on the boardwalk and look at that beautiful ocean I feel renewed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Getting out of the water at Rockaway Beach | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] favorite seaside playground, but at the turn of the century (and for many decades afterward), Rockaway Beach rivaled Coney as the city’s premier beach […]

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