Preserving the Beachs
Walking through Far Rockaway, you will quickly notice that the streets are lined with colorful beach bungalows. This area along 24th Beach, 25th Beach, and 26th Beach Streets is known as the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District, and in 2013, it became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This neighborhood was once a resort community, with the wealthy and famous building and purchasing vacation homes along the Beach Streets. Today, however, this is simply a residential area, and the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association has been formed to maintain these unique homes.
Beachside Fun at O'Do
From surfers to swimmers, Rockaway Beach is the place to be during a New York summer. Both O'Donohue Park and the Beach 6 Playground are located on the shores of Far Rockaway. These parks offer areas for lots of outdoor activities, including volleyball, skating, basketball, and playgrounds for children. You can also find miles of sandy beaches and areas for barbecuing. It is no wonder millions of visitors from all over the East Coast flock to this area from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Just make sure to come early or you may not be able to find a place to lay your towel.
Yeshiva of Far Rockaw
Founded in 1969, the creation of the Yeshiva marked a shift in Far Rockaway. What used to be a vacation destination until the late 1950s had transformed into a residential neighborhood with the Orthodox Jewish community making up about one fifth of the population. So this Haredi yeshiva was created to serve as a high school and seminary for the children and students in Far Rockaway to gain both a general and religious education. Today, it is one of only two high schools in the neighborhood, with the other being a private Christian school.