Far Rockaway Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"There was a time when people couldn’t wait to get to Far Rockaway, whether they were the well-to-do summering there around the late 1800s or, in later decades, working-class families who stayed in bungalows. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since Far Rockaway was an alluring destination. Similar to Coney Island in Brooklyn, this once-fashionable resort that became a beach for all people suffered a terrible decline after World War II, with the construction of massive housing projects probably the most glaring culprit. But NYC’s renaissance and an even more recent renewed appreciation of the Rockaways in particular have reversed the slide. Preserving the remaining bungalows has been one driving force in the ongoing renewal of Far Rockaway—which today is a typically Queens polyglot that includes people of African American, Jewish, Latino, and West Indian heritage. This is the largest, most urbanized, and most historic community on the Rockaway Peninsula."