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Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the South and Jamaica Bay on the North, the Rockaway peninsula, the most southern point in New York State, has been a popular summer get-away for New Yorkers and Florida snowbirds for many years. A wide, six mile long, wooden boardwalk running along a sparkling Atlantic ocean beach, with parks, shops, and restaurants attracts a large population of year round residents and visitors. On the North the pen-insula faces Jamaica Bay, the boating, fishing , and water recreation playground of New York City, all in the shadow of the Manhattan skyline. Henry Hudson first discovered the peninsula in 1609. At the time the peninsula was inhabited by Canarsie Indians, part of the Mohawk Indian nation, who named the area "Rechouwhacky", which means "the place of our own people". Today the neighborhoods of the Rockaways form a culturally diverse and thriving suburban community of over 120,000 in Queens County, New York City.

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