Rockaway Park, Queens (History)

(Neighborhoods In Queens)

neighborhoods_queens_rockawaypark_300x300Rockaway Park is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The area is on the Rockaway Peninsula, nestled between Jamaica Bay to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The neighborhood of Rockaway Beach lies on its eastern border while the community of Belle Harbor is situated on its western side. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 14.

Rockaway Park has been called the “Irish Riviera”.The United States Census, 2000 showed that 36.0% of the population were of Irish ancestry in the ZCTA for ZIP Code 11694.The Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Rockaway is the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, second only to New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.