Posts Tagged ‘Irish Riviera’

“Taking a sun bath at Rockaway Park”

August 6, 2008

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.