This 2-square-mile area that abuts Nassau County is located on the southeastern Queens peninsula that juts out from Long Island and separates Jamaica Bay from the Atlantic. It’s accessible by the A train, which terminates at the Mott Ave. station, as well as the Long Island Railroad. Several City bus routes including the Q22 the Q113 service the area.
The scenic beachfront with a bike-friendly waterside promenade is a nostalgic nod to Far Rockaway’s pre-WWII heyday, when this enclave in was a summer retreat for Hollywood A-listers, like Mae West. The Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District is a tribute to that era. Today the neighborhood is a densely populated, lively and diverse community with sizable populations of immigrants from Jamaica, Guyana, Guatamala and Russia, as well as a large contingent of Orthodox Jews.
Far Rockaway has 13 public and 13 private K-12 schools. Also a variety of specialists provides services and care at Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital. For community and cultural activities, the Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts offers classes, events and entertainment for children and adults.