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Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park Professional Review and Guide
"Everyone’s talking about Rockaway Beach’s new hipster appeal, but weren’t the Ramones singing about “Rock-Rock-Rockaway Beach” in the 1970s? Still, there’s no doubt that Rockaway Beach has caught Williamsburg-itis of late, and while some are wary of the Brooklyn crowd, others give them credit for kick-starting a long-overdue renewal. Rockaway Beach and adjacent Rockaway Park were definitely on an upswing when Superstorm Sandy roared through in the fall of 2012 and destroyed their boardwalk; now, resurgence has a whole other meaning. A tour of these neighborhoods in the middle of the Rockaway Peninsula invariably covers a lot of what used to be there, and that’s not just because of Sandy. The hotels, piers, and summer estates built during their first wave of development in the late 19th century are gone; so too are most of the bungalows that made them a working-class vacation paradise for much of the 20th century. This walk covers places of nostalgic and historic interest as well as some of the newer developments."
--Adrienne Onofri, Walking Queens (Wilderness Press).
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