Beach 3rd Street to Beach 153rd Street and Boardwalk
Since Superstorm Sandy struck New York in 2012, Rockaway Beach has become a symbol of the city’s resilience. The United States’ largest urban beach, stretching for miles along the Rockaway Peninsula, has been repopulated with new businesses and attractions that have New Yorkers flocking to its sandy shores.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, the Rockaway Beach neighborhood was home primarily to Irish immigrants, and it became known as the “Irish Riviera.” Today, the area is a diverse microcosm of the city at large, with million-dollar beach houses situated near working- and middle-class communities.
The beach is free to visit and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition to its visitors looking to swim in the waves and bask in the sun, the beach also attracts a large number of surfers. The stretch of sand between 67th and 69th streets and 87th and 92nd streets hosts the only legal surfing spots in the city. The beach also has a number of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.